Salo: Bottas deserves Williams seat for 2014 season
17 October, 2013
Rookie Valtteri Bottas deserves another season with Williams in 2014, claims ex Formula 1 driver Mika Salo, who also commented on fellow Finn Bottas’ last-corner battle with teammate Pastor Maldonado at Suzuka.
Ultimately, rookie Bottas only lost sixteenth place to his experienced teammate, but he was sour.
“It was not fair,” said the 24-year-old, who has not yet been confirmed by Williams for a second season beyond November’s Brazil finale.
“Racing shouldn’t be like that,” added Bottas, continuing his criticism of Maldonado.
Salo, however, told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 that the last-chicane battle “shows what kind of people F1 drivers are”.
“If you are far away from the front, being in front of your teammate is the only thing that means anything,” he added.
Even though Bottas lost that battle, Salo said that Bottas “has driven quite a good season and deserves a sequel”.
“He has beaten his teammate pretty steadily, in qualifying but also in races.
“Bear in mind that Valtteri has been learning a lot of new things, while Maldonado was a race winner last year,” added Salo. (GMM)
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