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Bottas: This feels incredible

Valtteri Bottas: I've really enjoyed my three years with Williams so far and feel very at home here so my goal was always to stay for 2013 and progress to a race seat

Valtteri Bottas has said he will fulfil a 'life-long dream' in 2013 following news he will step up and race with Williams.

Confirmation Bottas will replace Bruno Senna alongside Pastor Maldonado came today and speaking after the announcement, the Finn was clearly delighted: “It has always been my life-long dream to compete in the F1 World Championship,” e said. “It feels incredible to know I will be driving in F1 next season and to be with a team like Williams, with all its pedigree, is even more special.

“I've really enjoyed my three years with Williams so far [as a test driver] and feel very at home here so my goal was always to stay for 2013 and progress to a race seat.

“I'm looking forward to getting my F1 career started and enjoying a lot of success with Williams.”

Asked about his aims for 2013, the 23-year-old said he hasn't got any specific targets other than to try and progress.

“It's difficult to set objectives before the season starts, so I'm just going to try to make the most of this opportunity to prove the team has been right to promote me to a race seat. I want to look back on 2013 and feel that I've improved as a driver and helped the team improve its performance on the track.”

Pressed on what would achievements would make him happy in twelve months time, he added: “As a team I think we should be aiming to score more points than this year and really get the most out of the car.

“Personally I hope to look back and feel that I have learnt a lot and developed as a driver over the course of the season, having scored a lot of points for the team.”

As for if he will be 'rusty' having not raced this year, Bottas isn't concerned that will be an issue come the F1 2013 season opener in Australia.

“I'm a naturally very competitive person and I've been competing in triathlons throughout 2012 to keep fit and keep my mind sharp.

“Obviously I've missed racing a great deal so can't wait to get back onto a starting grid, but I've been racing constantly since a very young age so when the lights go out in Australia in March it will be business as usual,” vowed the 2011 GP3 champion.



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Taz

November 28, 2012 4:19 PM

Be curious to see, he had a lot of detractors but I'll wait an see, Williams seem to rate him highly and seem to think they've got the next Sebastian Vettel the way Frank is banging on about it, Pastor is very quick so it'll be an interesting one.

RT - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 1:50 AM

With his 15 FP1 appearances, he his impressed greatly. With such little sear experience he often ran faster in FP1 than Senna did in FP 2 in the same car. I am very excited to see this young talent. He blew other reserve drivers out of the water in every FP1 session. Even when those other cars went on to qualify better in the race with the real drivers. I can't wait to see him in action!



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