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Bottas has unfinished business with Williams

Valtteri Bottas feels he has unfinished work and unwanted records to end at Williams which was part of his reasons to stay with the team for 2017
Valtteri Bottas feels he has unfinished work and unwanted records to end at Williams which was part of his reasons to stay with the team for the 2017 F1 World Championship.

The Finn, who joined the Williams ranks back in 2010 as a test driver while competing in the European Formula 3 series, has been joined by Canadian teenager Lance Stroll as the team's driver line-up for 2017.

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Since making his F1 race debut in 2013, Bottas has spent his entire career with the Grove-based team and has notched up nine rostrum results in that time without reaching the top step of the F1 podium.

Interestingly, Bottas points out he holds the record for scoring most points without a race victory to his name and wants to change the unwanted stat with the team that gave him his chance in F1.

“I currently have a stat that I have the most points without a win, which I hate, so that's our plan together,” Bottas said. “It would be very special to have my first win with Williams. It is also for me like a family, like home, so it was natural for me to continue.

“I've been with the team racing for nearly for four seasons. Before that, I was a test driver. I still have a feeling we have to achieve more together than what we have done so far.”

Bottas is confident Williams will have the potential to challenge for podiums and potentially race wins in 2017 with the regulations revamp, with its last victory coming famously with Pastor Maldonado over four years ago at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.

“I do believe next year, with the rule changes, it's a good opportunity to catch up, and to make better results,” he said. “I feel like it was definitely 100 per cent the right decision.”

The Finnish driver has ended speculation linking him with a switch to Renault for next year but both he and the team refused to state how long his contract is with Williams, adding to rumours he has an eye on the potential race seat at Ferrari which may become available in 2018.

“I cannot confirm anything about length of contract. The main thing is we're with Lance next season.”

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