New challenge for Bottas in Singapore
16 September 2013 – Williams driver Valtteri Bottas will be tackling the Marina Bay street circuit for the first time this weekend, having never experienced the venue during his junior career.
After claiming the GP3 title in 2011, Bottas spent the following season as Williams' test and reserve driver, making Friday practice appearances at 15 Grand Prix events. But Singapore, which takes place predominantly at night, was not on his agenda.
Now a full-time driver, it will be the third circuit – after trips to Melbourne and Montreal – that he has had to learn with the assistance of the Grove-based outfit's simulator.
"I've never driven at Singapore in a lower category and it was one of the tracks that I didn't drive in Friday practice last year for Williams so this will be a new challenge that I'm really looking forward to," said Bottas, who celebrated his 24th birthday last month.
"I will be doing a lot of simulator work ahead of the Grand Prix to get used to the layout because it has a lot of corners that come in quick succession. I'm normally quite fast at learning new tracks though and showed in Montreal this year that I can quickly get up to speed."
Bottas is one of five rookies in the Formula 1 field this season, a group that has yet to record a point. The Finn and Sauber rival Esteban Gutiérrez came closest to doing so with 11th place finishes at the respective Malaysian and Spanish Grands Prix.