2013 Rookies: Valtteri Bottas

Bottas joins Williams in 2013 after three years as the teams test and reserve driver.

The Finnish driver took part in the GP3 series in 2011, which he won, and later the same year he test drove a Williams.

He took part in 15 free practice sessions in 2012 beating Pastor Maldonado six times and finishing a best of fifth fastest in FP1 at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Bottas’ impressive free practice outings saw him set times in the top ten four times and convinced Williams to hire the him for 2013, replacing Bruno Senna.

The 23-year-old has an impressive racing CV having finished third in both the 2009 and 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series before moving on to GP3 in 2011.

Bottas clearly made an impression in the running that Williams gave him and the times he set in relation to Maldonado suggest that he is a talent for the future.

Bottas performed well against Maldonado during his FP1 outings

Bottas performed well against Maldonado during FP1

Do not doubt that 2013 will be a hard year for Bottas, F1 isn’t easy and there will be a lot of expectation on his shoulders with Williams having chosen his talent over money despite available drivers.

However when compared with 2013s other rookie drivers- Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez- Bottas is in the best position to shine and show the world that he could be F1’s next big thing.

Teammate battle: expect Bottas to push Maldonado and possibly beat him in the drivers standings.


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