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Bottas to wait over future

Valtteri Bottas forced to wait to discover his F1 future
Valtteri Bottas will have to wait to discover if he will have a place on the F1 grid next season according to Williams shareholder Toto Wolff.

Bottas has impressed on a number of occasions this season while taking part in Friday practice and has been hotly tipped to earn a race seat as a result.

While the obvious role would be with Williams, Bottas could also earn a drive elsewhere on the grid if the Grove-based team elected to stick with Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna for 2013 but Wolff – who also acts at Bottas' manager – said it was too early to tell if the 22-year-old would be racing next year.

“No, we don't know yet,” he told Turan Sanomat. “We have only just begun to think about the situation and the timing of the decision. We want to take (an overview of) the situation as a whole, rather than trying to do it a couple of weeks before Singapore.

“Sometimes [this season] he has exceeded our expectations, but we want to keep Valtteri's feet firmly on the ground rather than have him thinking he is a superstar before he is a superstar.”

Wolff did however add that Bottas would be top of the pile if Williams were to need a driver to fill in at all this season, with Maldonado being viewed by many as on thin ice when it comes to a possible race ban after Romain Grosjean was sidelined by the FIA for the Italian GP at Monza.

“Of course I don't hope that Pastor gets more penalties, and certainly not a ban,” Wolff said. “He wouldn't deserve that. He has certainly made mistakes, but he is aware of what has happened, and often the penalties have hurt him a lot.

“I don't want to see race bans, but if that were to happen, we have a third driver [in] Bottas ready to enter immediately.”



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Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW36.
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Dylan - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 12:25 AM

Bottas should be in GP2 learning the new tire and trying to win the championship there before claiming an F1 seat. Big mistake trying to leapfrog GP2 this year if he couldn't beat Valsechi and Razia he has no place in F1. Now he is in even bigger trouble because 2013 GP2 will be even more difficult with Nasr Calado Gutierrez Cecotto and many other youngsters having more experience and Bottas has proved he doesn't want or isn't capable of winning GP2.



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