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Bottas left to wait over future

10 September 2012

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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