Wolff: Bottas will be given time to realise full potential

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.Williams will give Valtteri Bottas at least half a season to get up to speed.

After a full season of preparation as the famous British team’s reserve driver last year, practising on most Friday mornings at grands prix, 22-year-old rookie Bottas will make his full time race debut in 2013.

The young Finn can’t wait.

“Well, it was mentally tough,” he told the MTV3 broadcaster, referring to 2012.

“At the end of practice just when I had found a rhythm in the car I then had to give it back. And I knew that I would have kept improving if only I could have driven more,” said Bottas.

“As I then watched the race, of course I thought about what I might have been able to do. It was not so easy.

“Especially the weekends where I could not drive at all – they were very long,” he smiled.

The team, however, will be urging Bottas to be patient. Williams co-owner Toto Wolff, who is also involved in the young driver’s management, said that the 22-year-old will enjoy some “puppy protection”.

“He needs mileage and racing experience,” he told Motorsport Aktuell, a Swiss weekly.

“He is very fast and extremely intelligent,” Austrian Wolff insisted, “but we have to give him the right environment so that he can realise his potential.

“We can’t assume that he will be on the second row in Melbourne, even if the car is capable of it,” he continued.

“I believe he can get the full potential from the car by the middle of the season.” (GMM)

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  • Psych4191

    Oh, that time that Bruno was never given? Awesome.

  • william pym

    i have been looking at bottas gp3 results and they were not all that impressive considering it took him 10 races in 2011 to win his first race.for a guy that has never raced gp2 or world series renault and considering he has not raced for 18 months now what makes williams think he is going to be any better than bruno senna.the reason is cause wollff manages this guy and get a percentage of his williams wage and any sponsorship he brings.
    which makes wolff more money.from what williams has been saying i got the impression that this guy dominated gp3 which was not the case

  • william pym

    Further more how about bottas sits out 15 practice sessions and see how he goes.and who was the last guy to come from either formula 3 or gp3 who has done well in f1.this guy took 10 rcaes to win his first gp3 race against weak opposition he only won the championship cause he won 3 races in the last part of the season.

  • mika

    Bruno had over 20 races of GP experience when he joined the Williams team, Bottas had none.