Williams confirms Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas for 2013

(L to R): Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams; Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW34 Third Driver; Sir Frank Williams (GBR) Williams Team Owner

Pastor Maldonado, Valtteri Bottas and Sir Frank Williams pose with the team in Brazil

Nov.28 (Press Release) The Williams F1 Team is pleased to announce that Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will be the team’s race drivers for the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

Podium (L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, race winner Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 13 May 2012.2013 will be Pastor’s third season with the team and comes on the back of a successful 2012 that saw him win the Spanish Grand Prix in commanding style. Valtteri has been the Williams F1 Team’s test driver since 2010. In his role as reserve driver Valtteri has taken part in a number of this season’s Friday practice sessions, impressing with his pace and maturity from the outset. The GP3 champion in 2011, 2013 will see Valtteri compete in the Formula One World Championship for the first time.

Commenting on his contract renewal for 2013, Pastor said; ‘’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. Last year 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.’’

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams talks with Toto Wolff (AUT), Williams Investor. Formula One Testing, Day One, Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tuesday 15 November 2011.Speaking about his new role, Valtteri commented: ‘’It has always been my life-long dream to compete in the Formula One World Championship. 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 F1 career started and enjoying a lot of success with Williams.’’

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.’’

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  • Kimi4WDC

    Let’s see if he can live up to all the hype. This was a big decision for Williams, considering their new business model. They a lot of money by dropping Senna.

    I’m exited to see if Bottas of the Kimi and Mika quality!

    I hope next year’s car is at least as good as this one, so both drivers can prove their worth!

    Good luck!

  • Kimi4WDC

    *Williams lost a lot of money

  • nilo_21

    I’m so disappointed to the Williams F1 Team to axed Bruno Senna. Because he did not give another chance to prove his talent next season and the team is make progress in the stage of improvement. Bruno is an excellent driver for me and make adjustments for a new team and also their new Renault-Powered engines. I think the Williams F1 Team will lost profits because of lost sponsorship of Senna. The team also has inconsistent, Because Senna scored 10 out of 20 races compared to Maldonado scored only 5 out of 20 races with a great victory but inconsistent. I think there is a wrong decision to axed Senna. Let’s see. The team are inconsistent because of adjustments and the team also give Senna his last chance to improve his talent. Im not against to Bottas and Im not also discriminate his talent. I like your team with Maldonado and Senna this previous season.

  • Gran Turismo

    Both drivers underperformed this year. Williams could have been fighting for P5-P6 in the WCC, had the drivers delivered. Pastor wasted a lot of points with his errors and Bruno was just too slow. Pastor atleast showed what the car was capable of. The team seems to have a lot of faith in Bottas, and tbh i’m quite excited to see how he compares to Maldonado.