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Bottas tipped as future champion

Claire Williams tips Valtteri Bottas as a future F1 champion despite tough start to his F1 career
Valtteri Bottas has been backed as a future World Champion despite the tough start to his F1 career.

The highly-rated Finn has yet to score after five races as Williams struggles to exploit the potential of the FW35, with a best finish of eleventh place in Malaysia.

Despite his failure to trouble the scorers, Bottas has finished ahead of team-mate Pastor Maldonado three times and has finished each of the five races – with the team confident that he can deliver championship honours if given the right car.

“He is so great,” deputy team principal Claire Williams told the official F1 website when asked about the 23-year-old. “Cool and calm. He is a typical Finn.

“I think we definitely have a future world champion at hand - but of course we have to give him the car to allow him to prove his talent. He has done a good job so far. He has finished every race, made up positions with great overtaking manoeuvres, and is giving strong feedback to the engineers in order to improve the car.”

As well as backing Bottas for success in the future, Williams also said she was confident that Maldonado would be able to help the team move forwards from its current poor position.

“We are a team and we work very hard in proving that,” she said. “We win and lose together. Of course Pastor is not too happy with the car we are giving him, but relationship, the bond, is very strong - actually with both our drivers. It is a good atmosphere in the team and there's a strong drive to solve our problems together and Pastor wants to be a part of the solution.

“Of course Pastor has expectations. He has tasted winning and of course wants more of it. I think it must be frustrating to see your peers winning and not having the equipment to demonstrate your talents. Pastor knows that we are fighting and that one day we will give him the car that he wants.”


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12.05.2013-  Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Williams F1 Team FW35 and Adrian Sutil (GER), Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
10.05.2013- Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Williams F1 Team FW35
10.05.2013- Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Williams F1 Team FW35
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014-Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014-Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
24.08.2014-Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014-Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 leads Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014-Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014-Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director

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