Williams have finally announced their 2013 driver pairing, which will come at no surprise to anyone. Finnish test driver Valtteri Bottas has been given a seat at the team alongside race winner Pastor Maldonado who brings $47 million to the team annually from his sponsors PDVSA.
23-year-old Bottas was the Williams test driver this season and has impressed on his friday outings, in comparison to other friday drivers Ma Qing Hua for HRT and Esteban Guttierez for Sauber, the latter also being promoted to a permanent driver role recently.
Bottas had this to say, “It has always been my life-long dream to compete in the Formula One world championship. To do so with one of the most legendary teams in the sport is incredibly special. I’ve really enjoyed my three years with Williams so far and feel very at home here so my goal was always to stay for 2013 and progress to a race seat. I’m looking forward to getting my Formula One career started and enjoying a lot of success with Williams.”
While team founder Sir Frank Williams said, “In Pastor and Valtteri we have two of the most exciting talents in motor racing and I am especially excited about what 2013 can bring for Williams. Pastor has always demonstrated remarkable pace and this year has seen him mature as a racing driver. Valtteri is quite simply one of the most talented young racing drivers I have come across and we expect great things from him in the future. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our departing driver Bruno Senna for his hard work over the past year and wish him the best of luck going forward.”
Bruno Senna seems to be left without a seat for 2013 with only a seat at Force India, Caterham and Marussia up for grabs.