Bottas: No stepped nose on new Williams
10 January 2013 – Valtteri Bottas says the Williams FW35 chassis will not feature a stepped nose. The unpopular design trait, introduced by most teams in 2012 after governing the FIA enforced new nose height regulations, can now be covered up by a laminate panel.
Bottas, who was promoted from his test and reserve driver role at the end of the 2012 season, also confirmed that the team's latest car will be an evolution of its predecessor, with most teams focusing more on the regulation overhaul for 2014.
"In terms of looks, the car is pretty much the same as last year," Bottas told Finland's MTV3. "With the new rules, the stepped nose has been straightened. It is the biggest difference in its appearance.
"The new car is a development of last year's car. There are certain improvements in aerodynamics, we have tried to gain more traction in the corners."
Bottas will race alongside Pastor Maldonado at Williams this season, having taken part in 15 Friday practice sessions throughout the 2012 campaign. The 23-year-old has won titles in Formula Renault 2.0, Formula 3 and most recently the GP3 Series.