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Williams confirm Bottas and Maldonado for 2013

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by S4Sonny, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Williams have announced that Finnish test driver Valtteri Bottas will be promoted to a race seat for 2013, partnering Pastor Maldonado, who has been retained for a third season. Bottas, with Williams since 2010, replaces Bruno Senna in the team’s line-up.

    "It has always been my life-long dream to compete in the Formula One world championship,” said Bottas, 23. “To do so with one of the most legendary teams in the sport is incredibly special. I’ve really enjoyed my three years with Williams so far and feel very at home here so my goal was always to stay for 2013 and progress to a race seat. I’m looking forward to getting my Formula One career started and enjoying a lot of success with Williams."

    In his role as Williams reserve driver Bottas has taken part in a number of this season’s Friday practice sessions, impressing the team with his pace and maturity from the outset. The GP3 champion in 2011, 2013 will see him compete in a Grand Prix for the first time.

    The renewal of Maldonado’s contract comes on the back of a successful 2012 campaign that saw the Venezuelan win the Spanish Grand Prix in commanding style and go on to finish 15th in the final driver standings.

    "I’m really enjoying my time with Williams and I was obviously very happy when I was told that I would be continuing with the team in 2013,” said Maldonado. “2012 was a memorable year for me with the win in Barcelona and we made a big step forward in terms of performance. I have a lot of confidence in the team and hopefully next year will see us move even further up the grid and taste more success."

    Sir Frank Williams, founder and team principal, said: “In Pastor and Valtteri we have two of the most exciting talents in motor racing and I am especially excited about what 2013 can bring for Williams. Pastor has always demonstrated remarkable pace and this year has seen him mature as a racing driver.

    “Valtteri is quite simply one of the most talented young racing drivers I have come across and we expect great things from him in the future. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our departing driver Bruno Senna for his hard work over the past year and wish him the best of luck going forward."

    Williams finished eighth in the 2012 constructors’ standings, with Senna adding 31 points to the 45 scored by Maldonado.

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  2. Now things will get interesting between Bottas and Maldonado.
    I think that one will be very very close.
  3. Shame they didn't give Bruno more of a chance. I mean, they did give him ONE AND A HALF HOURS less track time then Maldonado at just about every race, and although he struggled in qualifying he often ended up ahead of him after the start. Some of his starts have been amazing, and he has been a very consistent performer, unlike Pastor. Yes, Maldonado is probably the better bet, as the consistency will come, but come on Williams, at least give your driver an equal oppurtunity before throwing him out.
  4. Funny how "everyone" else seems to know things better than Williams team.

    I'm liking this. Bottas is very nice guy and imo deserves a chance in F1. His parents live about 20km from where I live, so almost a boy from my town.
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  5. Wuuhuu, we can keep the 2 Finnish drivers quota up :) 2½ if you include Nico.. Personally i think he's one of the most talented drivers on the next years grid.. If Williams can deliver he can win races.
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  6. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    I also think Bottas have a great potential, and, even as a Senna-fan, bigger chance than Senna to do well.
    But, I still would've loved to see Senna, a whole year, with a real chance!
  7. Tom

    Staff Emeritus Premium

    I think Senna could do way better in a more competitive car, say something like the Mercedes or Sauber. I have to disagree with Ayrton Senna though, who once said:
    I don't think he'll ever make it to that level without getting practice in better cars. :)
  8. Bram

    Ezekiel 25:17 Staff Premium

    When Ayrton said that Bruno was just a 10 year old kid. Maybe he was super fast during his karting period but that doesnt make you a top F1 driver at mature age.
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  9. or he´s just raising his nephew´s stock for the future ;)

    someone asks you how good your brother is you won´t say "yea he stinks that guy"
    you would bump him up and say yea he´s a great dude.
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  10. Or maybe back then Bruno was actually racing, and wasn't forced to stop for an eternity because of that stupid mom of his...
  11. Somewhat sad to see Senna go..likeable guy
  12. Stupid i would probably not say. The reason she told him to stop was because her brother and husband died in motor accidents, Senna in car crash and Bruno´s father in motorcycle accident.

    Having a little kid saying he wants to do racing probably did not work so well in her head.
    Despite all of that she gave in and let him continue.
  13. At the point he was an adult though wasn't he ?
  14. 1994 - Senna dies, Bruno is 11 years old
    1996 - Father dies, Bruno is 13 years old
  15. When his mom "let him" race again I meant.
  16. good question, missed the whole question really.

    Yea not sure, his official race start is 2004 in Asian Formula Renault Challenge.
    So 8 years after that or so unless he did some other racing before that.