Williams race deal won’t change my life says Bottas

22 November, 2012

Valtteri BottasNov.22 (GMM) Reserve driver Valtteri Bottas insists that securing a contract to race for Williams in 2013 would not change his life.

The young Finn, who this year has been testing on Fridays for the famous British team, is waiting to know if he will debut as expected, alongside Pastor Maldonado next year.

“I don’t think it would change anything,” Bottas told Finland’s Turun Sanomat, when asked how a race contract would change his life.

“I would race just as I have done in other classes. Of course, I would then be racing against the very best in the world’s fastest cars, but on the other hand, nothing else changes,” he insisted.

“This year has been good in the sense that I know now what to expect through a season. I’ve been all over the place.

“Of course, it takes more energy to do more driving, and perhaps even more media work as well as more with the sponsors, even in the breaks.”

As for his likely 2013 teammate, Bottas said he has a “good relationship” with Venezuelan Maldonado, and thinks that the pair would enjoy a competitive 2013 car.

“The rules are staying the same and so I think the balance of power will be pretty much the same as now,” he said.

“Some though will make small improvements. At Williams we have been developing the car for a long time and we believe that it will certainly be better than this year.”

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  • Kimi4WDC

    Sorry Bottas, Maldonado and his money are going to Lotus!!!

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    @Kimi4WDC

    How do you even know that Maldonado will go to Lotus? He’s got a contract with Williams till 2014, wtf are you talking about him going to Lotus?

  • Kimi4WDC

    @Matthias

    There is rumour flowing around that TOTAL is focusing their support on Pic who is aiming for the seat at Caterham. That leaves Romain with out financial backing. And Maldonado still did not commit to Williams for next year. But then again it’s all gossips until signatures are in place.

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    @Kimi4WDC

    I see…

  • Deep water

    Bottas sounds very motivated.. His Friday running ruined Senna’s chances, so I dont see any going back as in Bottas should be in that car next year. Im not sure he will do all that great though. Maybe he’s just another Kovalainen.

  • Kimi4WDC

    @deepwater

    I share your concern, cause as we know if he was as impressive as young Raikkonen, he would have been racing this season no matter how much experience he have. But time is different, lets see what he got!!

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