Bottas looks sure to secure Williams race seat for 2013

(L to R): Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW34 Third Driver and Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams. Formula One Testing, Mugello, Italy, Day Two, 2 May 2012.Nov.25 (GMM) According to authoritative media sources, Valtteri Bottas will definitely be promoted to the Williams race seat in 2013 at the expense of Bruno Senna.

The news was reported from Brazil not only by Finnish broadcaster MTV3’s race commentator Oskari Saari, but also the respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt, as well as others in the Interlagos paddock.

Schmidt said that Brazilian Senna, and also his countryman Luiz Razia, have “run through the paddock with suitcases full of money, finding no takers”.

Williams is not confirming the reports about its Finnish 2012 reserve Bottas, 23, but the team’s driver coach Alex Wurz said on Saturday: “He is a great talent.”

Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper said that the official announcement could be made next week.

Williams shareholder Toto Wolff, who is involved with Bottas’ management, said: “We do not want to talk about the driver situation this weekend.

“There’s nothing to report now,” he insisted.

But MTV3’s Saari promised to “eat his hat” if Bottas does not make his race debut with Williams in Australia next March.

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