What Valterri Bottas’ surge in Formula 1 Teaches Us

F1 enthusiasts must have been glued to their screens during the British Grand Prix when Finnish driver Valterri Bottas secured a podium finish following a gear box penalty which relegated him to ninth in the starting grid. The 27-year-old employed the shrewd strategy of using super-soft tyres in his second stint to surpass Championship leader Sebastian Vettel towards the end of the race. However, Bottas couldn’t outdo teammate Lewis Hamilton, and had to settle for second place.

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In his first four races the Finnish driver achieved his first F1 pole position at the Bahrain GP and won the next event, i.e the Russian GP. Considering this is his first season for Team Mercedes, the performance he has displayed is nothing short of phenomenal. Presently, he is third in the Drivers’ Standings behind Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Much can be learned form Bottas’ success story; about how perseverance and resourcefulness can pay off. As discussed in a previous article, you won’t find people doing you favours in the world of sports. The two things you need to make a mark are talent and diligence. While Formula 1 already has a vast following in the world, making a name for yourself in an indoor sport, say poker for example, which has limited viewership, is a tough endeavour. However, in recent times, professional players from India have been making the nation proud with their exploits abroad.

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That India, after several fruitless years, have finally managed to win the elusive World Series of Poker bracelet. The duo of Aditya Sushant and Nipun Java, who regularly play poker in India, conquered the Tag Team Event. Recently in an interview Aditya Sushant revealed how another poker pro, Aditya Agarwal, had played a key role in shaping his poker career. Agarwal himself is no stranger to the WSOP, making several impressive deep runs in events. During his bracelet acceptance speech Sushant stated that he was overjoyed to win India’s first ever bracelet and that the journey had been overwhelming.

When asked what advice he would offer to young poker enthusiasts in India, the pro said,” My advice to any upcoming poker talent or poker guys in the country would be that keep working hard. You are bound to have a lot of ups and downs when you are doing this full time but you have to remind yourself that this is a grind.”

Truer words have never been spoken, especially when playing poker professionally is concerned. Undoubtedly, in any career it is your hard work that moulds your future. What other rare stories of gumption do you know of?