Valtteri Bottas isn’t basking on the beach in Mykonos or Ibiza during F1’s summer break, or snoozing on the sunny shores of a Finnish lake, but perfecting out of public view his rally technique.

While the Mercedes driver awaits his fate for 2020, he took a Ford Fiesta for a spin a few days ago, running the M-Sport WRC beast in the forest near Ferisen in Germany.

Bottas made his rally debut with the Fiesta in the Arctic Lapland Rally back in January, also testing more recently a Toyota Yaris.

A video of the ‘secret’ test has emerged and shows the five-time Grand Prix winner – helped by co-driver Jarmo Lethinen – pushing himself and his mount to the limit and beyond.

Check out the video of Val’s raucous rally test.

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