Salo: Bottas deserves Williams seat for 2014 season

17 October, 2013

Valtteri Bottas versus Pastor Maldonado at Suzuka

Valtteri Bottas versus Pastor Maldonado at Suzuka

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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  • Spanky

    Bottas does, but Maldo should be dropped ASAP.

  • Hawk

    What Pasta did was so stupid

  • captain tortuga

    This Pastor seems to be unable to understand basic things.. he keeps crashing and bashing into almost everything that moves..

    I was very surprised when Grosjean received a race-ban while this guy.. (not a ‘first-lap-nutcase’ , but a straight up total nutcase) gets away with out a ban. after such a history of (some near fatal) errors..

    Sometimes i wonder if the 30mill he brings is actually enough to cover all the damage that clown causes.

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