Bottas staking claim for 2013 Williams drive 28 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. 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].” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsWilliams: The pace of the car wasn’t fantasticMassa unhappy to use old parts in HungaryWilliams: A difficult qualifying sessionWilliams: Our upgrades seem to be working wellWilliams: Our first point gives us a good motivationWilliams: We felt we should have been closer to the top tenWilliams: We can make more progressSenna: I think this is a turning point and hope we can carry this momentumButton: Both times I came out in traffic and I thought why am I in traffic?Williams: A positive weekend and want to keep this momentum going 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.