Valterri Bottas: 2013 Rookie of the Year
22 December, 2013
It took 18 grand prix races for rookie Valterri Bottas to open his Formula 1 points scoring account, doing so at the United States Grand Prix, in which he performed so impressively, on his way to eighth place.
He finished the season second best rookie. Perhaps there is a case for Esteban Gutierrez, the highest scoring rookie, to win this award. But the difference which swung our vote to Bottas was the fact that Gutierrez was nowhere near his more experienced teammate Nico Hulkenberg in the handy Sauber, while Bottas often got the better of his more experienced teammate Pastor Maldonado in the feeble Williams.
Bottas grew in stature as the season progressed, which, coupled to his unassuming and likable personality, gave him the edge over his fellow rookies – on track and off.
Sir Frank Williams said of his young driver, “Valtteri could be super…brilliant car control, quite a small chap, very quiet – I like that. We have the highest hopes for him in the future.”
“Every Team Principal dreams of finding a young driver who has just come down from heaven specially to drive racing cars. (Ayrton) Senna was such a driver, (Emerson) Fittipaldi was like that and (Sebastian) Vettel is probably like that too.”
“We very, very much hope that Valtteri is another one like that…we’ll see,” mused Williams.
In fairness it is very hard to judge how good the lads toiling in the back-of-the-grid Marrussias and Caterhams really are. The cars were well off the pace all season, and who shines in these bricks is difficult to tell – but by all accounts Jules Bianchi is one to watch while Giedo van der Garde was better than expected.
However, at the end of the day Bottas had the edge as far as we are concerned, and thus takes the Grand Prix 247 Rookie of the Year for 2013 accolade. Bravo young man!
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