Bottas staking claim for 2013 Williams drive
28 July, 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.
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].”
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