Wolff to monitor progress of Bottas at Williams

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams with Toto Wolff (AUT) Williams Investor. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday 16 November 2011.

Valtteri Bottas with Toto Wolff

Mercedes’ new co-owner and director Toto Wolff, has admitted he will be keeping an eye on his protege, F1 rookie Valtteri Bottas, in 2013.

Before switching to Mercedes, Austrian Wolff had the very same role at Williams, where last year Finn Bottas, 23, was groomed for a future race seat as a reserve driver.

Now, as the youngster steps up to race, Wolff has jumped ship.

But Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper quotes Wolff: “I am still involved as an investor of Valtteri’s, and of course he is my friend.

“Didier Coton however is looking after his contracts and the business side, and Mika Hakkinen is also involved,” he revealed.

“I’m very happy for [Bottas and I will be keeping an eye on how he gets on.

“You don’t just take off your blue [Williams] shirt  and put on a white [Mercedes] one and leave everything behind. I am still fond of the Williams family and a hope they do well.”

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