Interview with Sir Frank Williams
28 November 2012 – Williams revealed its 2013 driver line-up on Wednesday morning, with Valtteri Bottas being promoted to a race seat alongside Pastor Maldonado. Team Principal Sir Frank Williams takes the time to discuss the decision in detail, assess an up and down 2012 campaign and look ahead to what the future might hold...
2013 will see Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas as the Williams F1 Team’s driver line up. How do you think they will complement each other as drivers?
They are also easy to get along with, which always helps in building good relationships with the engineers and developing the car.
2013 will be Pastor Maldonado’s third season for Williams, what has impressed you most about him since he started?
Pastor has incredible raw pace and the ability to ring the neck of a car and find speed where others would not. He is showing more and more maturity with each race and his dominant display at the Spanish Grand Prix showed that he can handle pressure and drive a flawless race. With another season under his belt, I’m sure that next year he can confirm his position as one of the top drivers.
Valtteri Bottas is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Formula 1. What qualities did you seen in him to make the decision to promote him to racing driver?
Do you think the fact that Valtteri has been with Williams since 2010 will be a big factor in allowing him to settle in quickly in his first season in Formula One?
It’s definitely a big advantage. He spends a lot of time in the factory so has managed to develop good relationships and knows how we like to operate. By that token we also know how he likes to work, which is crucial as developing a car throughout the season requires good two way communication. Having a new driver who has spent three seasons testing the car and conducting extensive simulator work means that he is as prepared for his first season as you can get.
How would you evaluate the 2012 season for Williams as a whole?
What would you be satisfied with this time next year from the Williams F1 Team?
Making predictions is always dangerous, particularly given the unpredictable nature of 2012. Nevertheless, we will be looking to build on 2012 and produce a car that can consistently finish in the points at a wide range of circuits and challenge for podiums.
Interview provided by the Williams press office