Last year Williams’s third driver Valtteri Bottas set his first race appearance on this season with Grove based F1 squad. Bottas says that his first F1 season will be “all about learning”.
The Finnish racing driver replaced Brazilian Bruno Senna at Williams for this season. Bottas made 15 appearances for the team in Formula 1 free practice sessions throughout 2012 season following winning the GP3 title last year.
Williams team principal Sir Frank Williams who described him as, “Valtteri has been part of the Williams family for three years now and I know that he’s thought of very highly of by our race engineers and others in the paddock.”
“His ability to assimilate information quickly is excellent, and he has shown in 2012 during Friday practice that he can quickly get up to speed at a new track. That will be important next year because the first season is always the toughest, particularly with the caliber of the other drivers.” Frank added.
Valtteri Bottas is the second F1 rookie driver to be confirmed for the 2013 season, after Esteban Gutierrez’s replaced Kamui Kobayashi at Sauber.
“Being successful in the future, that is my goal as well and I’m in F1 now because I really want to compete against the best in the world,” Bottas told Sporting Life.
“I want to do well and one day I want to be the world champion, but next year it’s all about learning, getting up to speed as quickly as possible, minimizing mistakes and bringing home points.
“I know, and the team knows, once I get to drive more, with mileage and experience, then I can do some good things.”