Exclusive interview with Valtteri Bottas

Exclusive interview with Valtteri Bottas

19 September 2011 – At Monza Valtteri Bottas successfully clinched the 2011 GP3 crown, thus becoming the first Finnish driver to win a title in one of Formula 1’s closest two support series. The 22-year-old – the only two-time Masters of Formula 3 winner and reserve driver for Williams – discusses the past, present and future with GPUpdate.net.

Clinching the GP3 title with Lotus ART, partnered by Renault sponsor Group Lotus

Valtteri Bottas - 2011 GP3 Champion. That must be quite a good feeling…
Yes, for sure. It’s a really, really good feeling because the team worked very well together. Until the halfway point of the season, it didn’t look so good - the car was not where it should have been - but we just kept on working and really turned it around. So it really feels good.

Has the success brought you much attention in Finland?
I’ve featured a lot in the press. They are quite excited (laughs) that a Finnish driver is on the top step of a podium again, even though it’s a smaller category. But it is definitely a big thing for Finland.

GP2 is the next natural step; how are discussions going with teams for 2012?
I have been speaking with my manager and there are some options for GP2. There also might be one option for the World Series by Renault. But we really need to see, there is nothing confirmed yet for anything.

Given the choice: GP2 or World Series by Renault?
The World Series car is quick, plus you have pit-stops and also DRS from next season. It wouldn’t be a bad option but I still think GP2 is the category which is closest to F1; it happens on the same weekend and the cars are not too different to F1 cars.

Are there any possibilities for competing in Abu Dhabi’s GP2 finale?
There is nothing planned yet. Of course, I would like to – it would be really nice – but we need to see.

You have been the reserve driver for Williams F1 since January 2010. You must have learnt a lot by now…
For sure. This is now the second season with Williams, so I have learned a lot with them and I’ve been doing quite a lot of driving on the F1 simulator. Of course I also did the straight-line test at Kemble last week, which all went well.

Discussion in the Formula 1 paddock with fellow countryman Heikki Kovalainen

Formula 1 always remains the ultimate target. Is a realistic proposition to be thinking about an F1 debut with Williams in 2013?
(Laughs) Well, we never know! We have a good working relationship and I am working as hard as I can to improve as a driver and to get there one day. I would really want to race there, but with Formula 1 there are always so many different things which can decide whether or not you get a seat. So we need to see, but 2013 would be ideal…


GP3 Champion Valtteri Bottas was talking to GPUpdate.net’s Gregory Haines
Twitter: @GregoryHainesF1

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 23 November 2014

  2. Video of the Day: World record truck jump 05:03

    Video of the Day: World record truck jump

    The Lotus Formula 1 team and partner EMC set a new truck jump world record.

    F1
  3. Saturday 22 November 2014

  4. 17:30

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday in Abu Dhabi

    F1
  5. Red Bull drivers excluded from qualifying 17:29

    Red Bull drivers excluded from qualifying

    Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have been excluded from qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after...

    F1
  6. Red Bull referred to stewards over front wing 16:48

    Red Bull referred to stewards over front wing

    Red Bull has been referred to the stewards after governing body the FIA declared its front wing illegal at the Abu Dhabi...

    F1
  7. Alonso expects 'uphill struggle' in race 16:20

    Alonso expects 'uphill struggle' in race

    Fernando Alonso says he expects to endure an "uphill struggle" on his final appearance for Ferrari in the Abu Dhabi Grand...

    F1
  8. 15:49

    Latest GP2 photos: Saturday in Abu Dhabi

    GP2
  9. Vandoorne dominates in Abu Dhabi win 15:48

    Vandoorne dominates in Abu Dhabi win

    McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne dominated proceedings to claim his fourth victory of the season in the GP2 Feature Race...

    GP2
  10. Stevens left to rue Turn 17 mistake 15:37

    Stevens left to rue Turn 17 mistake

    Will Stevens was left to ponder what might have been after an error tarnished his final lap in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix...

    F1
  11. Bottas: Beating Ferrari remains the goal 15:22

    Bottas: Beating Ferrari remains the goal

    Valtteri Bottas says securing third in the Constructors' standings, ahead of Ferrari, remains Williams' target at the Abu...

    F1
  12. Force India confirms 'multi-year' Pérez deal 15:06

    Force India confirms 'multi-year' Pérez deal

    Force India has confirmed that Sergio Pérez will remain with the team next season and beyond, after the Mexican signed a new...

    F1
  13. Hamilton: I'm still there for the fight 14:51

    Hamilton: I'm still there for the fight

    Lewis Hamilton says he is pleased to be "there for the fight" after qualifying second for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand...

    F1
  14. Rosberg: Pole just a small step towards title 14:38

    Rosberg: Pole just a small step towards title

    Nico Rosberg says pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is just a "small step" towards his ultimate goal of claiming...

    F1
  15. 14:08

    In full: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying results

    F1
  16. Rosberg on pole for Abu Dhabi title decider 14:07

    Rosberg on pole for Abu Dhabi title decider

    Nico Rosberg stormed to pole position during Saturday evening's qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, comfortably...

    F1
  17. Van der Garde leaves Abu Dhabi early 13:31

    Van der Garde leaves Abu Dhabi early

    Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde has left the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix prematurely due to the team contravening the...

    F1
  18. 12:45

    Follow qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

    F1
  19. Horner eyes new F1 engines for 2016 12:11

    Horner eyes new F1 engines for 2016

    Mercedes' rivals are eyeing significant changes to the power unit regulations if the German manufacturer refuses to agree on...

    F1
  20. 11:08

    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Free Practice 3 results

    F1
  21. Rosberg moves ahead in final practice 11:05

    Rosberg moves ahead in final practice

    Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets during Saturday afternoon's final practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, moving...

    F1
  22. 09:46

    Follow FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

    F1
  23. 08:42

    Latest GP3 photos: Saturday in Abu Dhabi

    GP3
  24. Stoneman takes fifth GP3 win of 2014 08:41

    Stoneman takes fifth GP3 win of 2014

    Koiranen driver Dean Stoneman claimed his fifth victory of the season in the first race of the final GP3 round at the Yas...

    GP3
  25. Lynn remains hopeful over Toro Rosso seat 07:22

    Lynn remains hopeful over Toro Rosso seat

    Newly-crowned GP3 champion Alex Lynn is remaining hopeful that he will be picked by Red Bull bosses to join Max Verstappen...

    F1
  26. 07:19

    Latest FE photos: Saturday in Putrajaya

    Formula E
  27. Bird cruises to victory in Malaysia ePrix 07:18

    Bird cruises to victory in Malaysia ePrix

    Sam Bird claimed victory in the second round of the Formula E Championship around the streets of Putrajaya in...

    Formula E
  28. Video of the Day: Vettel disguised as mechanic 05:17

    Video of the Day: Vettel disguised as mechanic

    Sebastian Vettel disguises himself as a wild mechanic with Tirendo to surprise customers.

    F1
  29. Friday 21 November 2014

  30. 18:10

    Latest F1 photos: Friday in Abu Dhabi

    F1
  31. Stevens relishes 'steep learning curve' 18:09

    Stevens relishes 'steep learning curve'

    Will Stevens says he is revelling in the "steep learning curve" of his Formula 1 debut at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The...

    F1
  32. Magnussen buoyed by McLaren updates 17:46

    Magnussen buoyed by McLaren updates

    McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen was encouraged by the upgrades he tested during Friday practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand...

    F1
  33. Ricciardo wants farewell battle with Vettel 17:32

    Ricciardo wants farewell battle with Vettel

    Daniel Ricciardo hopes to be involved in a scrap with Sebastian Vettel during their final race together as Red Bull...

    F1
  34. Alonso halted by electrical problem 17:25

    Alonso halted by electrical problem

    Ferrari has confirmed that an electrical problem was to blame for Fernando Alonso sitting out most of Friday's second...

    F1
  35. Williams not concerned by bodywork issues 17:06

    Williams not concerned by bodywork issues

    Rob Smedley has played down the bodywork problems that struck both Williams cars during first practice for the Abu Dhabi...

    F1
  36. Ocon pleased with Formula 1 practice debut 16:25

    Ocon pleased with Formula 1 practice debut

    Esteban Ocon was pleased with the progress he made during his Formula 1 practice debut at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Ocon,...

    F1
  37. Hamilton 'making good steps' in Abu Dhabi 16:02

    Hamilton 'making good steps' in Abu Dhabi

    Lewis Hamilton was satisfied with the work he completed en route to topping both of Friday's practice sessions for the Abu...

    F1
  38. 15:47

    Latest GP2 photos: Friday in Abu Dhabi

    GP2
  39. Vandoorne surges to fourth straight GP2 pole 15:46

    Vandoorne surges to fourth straight GP2 pole

    Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his fourth consecutive pole position after topping Friday's qualifying session for the final round...

    GP2
  40. 14:33

    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Free Practice 2 results

    F1
  41. Hamilton stays on top in second practice 14:32

    Hamilton stays on top in second practice

    Lewis Hamilton remained fastest during Friday evening's second practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although...

    F1
  42. Grosjean given 20-place grid penalty 12:49

    Grosjean given 20-place grid penalty

    Romain Grosjean has been given a 20-place grid penalty for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after the Lotus driver took on sixth...

    F1
  43. 12:49

    Follow FP2 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

    F1
more news