Bottas unhappy with Maldonado move
14 October 2013 – Valtteri Bottas has accused Williams team-mate Pastor Maldonado of unfair driving after the latter pulled off a bold pass on the last lap of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.
As the pair approached the Casio chicane for a final time, Maldonado lunged up the inside of Bottas, forcing the Finn to take avoiding action over the artificial grass.
Although no points were on offer at the end of the battle, Maldonado's overtake gave him intra-team honours in 16th position, something Bottas was aggreived about.
"There was no space on the track. It [the overtake] was not fair," said Bottas after the race. "If I hadn't gone straight on we'd have crashed. Racing shouldn't be like that."
Maldonado feels he was quick enough to warrant the move on Bottas, and instead focused his dissatisfaction at what he described as an incorrect strategic approach.
"I got the position. I was faster than him but the strategy on my car was completely wrong," said Maldonado, who completed a similar two-stop plan to Bottas. "We got 100 percent from the car. It's not making a big difference [fighting for 16th place] but when you are a racer you always want to take a position from the other drivers."
Claire Williams, the Grove-based outfit's Deputy Team Principal, stopped short of blaming either of her two drivers, but confirmed that the incident is to be reviewed.