Bottas 'not a complete rookie' - Maldonado

329 views

Valtteri Bottas will have just four days at the wheel before making his grand prix debut in Australia.

Feb.8 (GMM) Pastor Maldonado, who in 2013 enters his third F1 season with Williams, thinks new teammate Valtteri Bottas will get quickly up to speed.

Valtteri Bottas, Williams
Valtteri Bottas, Williams

Photo by: XPB Images

Actually, 23-year-old Finn Bottas is a rookie, and - once the Grove team gets its 2013 car up and running in Barcelona this month - he will have just four days at the wheel before making his Grand Prix debut in Australia.

But Venezuelan Maldonado said: "Valtteri has been actively involved in the development (of the FW35) and has done a lot of long days in the simulator.

"He is not a complete rookie," he told the MTV3 broadcaster.

"I believe he will enjoy this season and will be immediately competitive."

Indeed, one of departed Williams driver Bruno Senna's complaints was that, despite racing throughout 2012, he usually had to give up his car to Bottas on Friday mornings at Grands Prix.

Before and after those race weekends last year, reserve driver Bottas was often seen helping the Williams mechanics and truckies set up and dismantle the garage.

The Finn told British Sky television at Jerez: "I promised the guys, even though I am racing now, at least once I will come and help them again."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series F1
Article type Breaking news
Tags bottas, f1, gmm, maldonado, williams

User photos

erikjunius
F1

erikjunius

37 photos
EuroRacer
F1

EuroRacer

21 photos
SurdinP
F1

SurdinP

1 photos
max
F1

max

29 photos
ADLITIKA
F1

ADLITIKA

213 photos
Kevin_Bennett_Photo
F1

Kevin_Bennett_Photo

139 photos
PiBiPhoto
F1

PiBiPhoto

47 photos
Upload photo