Bottas targets 2013 F1 debut
19 September 2011 – Valtteri Bottas admits that a Formula 1 debut in 2013 would be the perfect progression for his racing career. The only driver to win Zandvoort’s respected Masters of Formula 3 race twice, the Finn – Williams reserve driver since 2010 – clinched the GP3 championship title at Monza.
“I have been speaking with my manager and there are some options for GP2,” 22-year-old Bottas told GPUpdate.net. “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…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.”
When asked if a 2013 F1 debut with Williams should be considered feasible, Bottas replied:
“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
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Exclusive interview with GP3 Champion Valtteri Bottas