Williams have announced their driver line-up for the 2013 Formula One season with current test driver Valtteri Bottas replacing Bruno Senna alongside Pastor Maldonado at the team.
After clinching the GP3 title in 2011 Bottas has taken part in a number of free practice sessions during this year in F1, but the season opener in 2013 will be his first race at the pinnacle of single-seater racing.
‘’It has always been my life-long dream to compete in the Formula One World Championship,” said Bottas. “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.’’
In replacing Bruno Senna – who leaves the team after a single season – the Finn joins Pastor Maldonado, who will start his third season with the team.
‘’I’m really enjoying my time with Williams and I was obviously very happy when I was told that I would be continuing with the team in 2013,” commented the Venezuelan. “2012 was a memorable year for me with the win in Barcelona and we made a big step forward in terms of performance. I have a lot of confidence in the team and hopefully next year will see us move even further up the grid and taste more success.’’
‘’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,” said team principal Sir Frank 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.’’