Bottas staking claim for 2013 Williams drive

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams Third Driver.  Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Hockenheim, Germany, Thursday 19 July 2012.

Valtteri Bottas is targeting a full time F1 drive in 2012

Jul.28 (GMM) Valtteri Bottas is slowly but surely staking his claim for a race seat with the Williams team in 2013. This time around the team’s reserve driver was marginally faster than Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado early on Friday at the Hungaroring.

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW34 Third Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday 27 July 2012.Reigning GP3 champion Bottas, 22, was keen to underline his achievement, telling the Finnish broadcaster MTV3: “There was no [specification] difference between the [two] cars.”

Finn Bottas is tipped to move into a race seat next year.

His chances appeared to take a big step forward last week, when it emerged that his manager Toto Wolff has been promoted to assist team boss Sir Frank Williams as the new executive director.

Wolff, however, denied there is a conflict of interest.

“At the beginning of the year, actually last year already, I have refrained from interfering in any kind of negotiations or discussions between the team and Valtteri’s management group, so my role is a pure financial investor behind Valtteri,” he said in Budapest.

Bottas’ hands-on managers are Didier Coton and Mika Hakkinen.

“The point,” Wolff insisted, “is that it’s very clear that the team is going to take decisions on the best package of driver and hopefully it’s all going in a direction that we can have the quickest [drivers in the car [in 2013].”

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  • muddles

    I think we might see the guy with a drive this year and it will be at the expense of Senna. Pastor has a great financial backer so that should keep his seat safe.

  • Psych4191

    @Muddles Senna’s seat is safe if he keeps his pace up. He’s showing consistent points as Maldonado throws the sponsorship money away in repair bills and pit speed fines.