Valtteri Bottas says he is keen to stick with the Williams team beyond this season and admits it would ideal to move into a race seat for the 2013 campaign.
Bottas has continued in his role of test and reserve driver this season and has produced a number of impressive performances in Friday practice sessions – leading to speculation that he is now being groomed for a race seat for next year.
Extra weight is added to the rumours that the 22-year-old will make his race debut next year by the fact that his career is overseen by Williams shareholder Toto Wolff and Bottas admitted it was be the perfect move for his career if he was to be in a Williams race seat for next year.
“It would be ideal,” he was quoted by Turun Sanomat
. “I enjoy working with these people, and with Frank Williams. The team has a great history, and I'm involved with them for a third year. It makes me feel at home, so it would be great to stay here. I hope for a long career with Williams.”
One thing that could work against Bottas however is the level of sponsorship brought to the team by both Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna, but the youngster insisted it wasn't impossible that he could earn a drive.
“It's hard to say what opportunities there are,” he said. “It's too early yet. We are only halfway through, and the teams have plenty of time to decide. Nothing is impossible.”