Bottas: I look forward to working with Felipe, but I want to beat him
4 December, 2013
After beating his more experienced teammate this past season, rookie Valtteri Bottas is now looking forward to working with new Williams teammate Felipe Massa whom he also intends to beat, in 2014.
Speaking to the official F1 website, Bottas said, “Of course next year I’ll have a new team mate – Felipe Massa. I think for us as a team, Felipe arriving at this point is a good thing. He has got a lot of experience and probably comes with different ideas and views that might help us. He was almost a World Champion – at least for 30 seconds – so it is going to be interesting – and he looks like a nice guy so I am looking forward to working with him.”
“I met him at the Williams announcement, but we’ll have time in the winter to get to know each other better and exchange ideas. I have no doubt that he is quick, but the nature of Formula 1 – and especially the nature of a team mate relationship – is that you want to be faster than him. I am no exception to that rule! But we also have to work closely together to push the team forward,” added the 24 year old Finn.
It took 18 races for Bottas to break his duck and score his first points in Formula 1, with eighth place in the United States Grand Prix. The result in Austin meant he finished ahead of team mate Pastor Maldonado in the Championship standings.
Bottas reflected, “We didn’t have a number one driver at Williams this season – even when I came in as a rookie and Pastor (Maldonado) had two years’ experience we were treated equally. Of course, it was a great feeling that with the same machinery but much less experience I was able to outperform my team mate in qualifying and in the drivers’ standings. If that happens you know as a rookie that something is going right for you.”
Looking back on the 2013 season Bottas ventured, “It’s true that F1 cars are difficult beasts to master – and probably our car [the Williams FW35] was a bit beastlier this season than others.” (GP247)
Subbed by AJN.