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Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:35
Valtteri Bottas says he is ready to justify Williams's faith after taking Bruno Senna's seat for next season.
The Finn replaces Bruno Senna and will partner Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, who drove for Williams in 2011-12.
Bottas, Williams's reserve driver in 2012, said: "I don't see any reason why I can't do well in Formula 1."
Founder and team principal Sir Frank Williams said Bottas was "one of the most talented young racing drivers we have ever come across".
Williams have picked Bottas after a string of impressive performances in many of the free practice sessions this year, when he often matched Maldonado's pace and rarely made mistakes.
Bottas, 23, said in an exclusive interview: "I think that was the key. Many times I was in the same pace as Pastor and sometimes even quicker.
"Sometimes, for sure, Pastor had the edge but that was to be expected - he has already two seasons in the car and knows the team as well. He's a really quick guy and I'm really happy I could match him sometimes.
"I think they have seen I am really quick, I am ready to work hard and to do everything I can to get a lot of points for the team.
"I know and the team has seen that there will be much more to come from my side as I get to drive the car more.
"It is not an easy job doing the Fridays. It is just one session, one set of tyres, job done. And there are always big gaps between the Fridays so it is not easy to keep the rhythm.
"The team has seen I can still improve a lot and we can do good results."
Bottas, who last raced when winning the GP3 feeder series in 2011, acknowledged that he was making a big step up next season.
"I know it won't be easy because you are competing against the very best in the world," he said.
"But once I get into the racing rhythm again I don't see any reason why I would struggle massively. I will keep improving all the time, that's for sure."
Williams said of Bottas that he expected "great things from him in the future".
And Bottas said he believed he could follow in the footsteps of countrymen Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen and win the world title in the future.
"I am here only for one reason. One day I want to be the world champion," he said.
"Everyone in Finland will be expecting me to be world champion one day because most of the Finnish drivers have been.
"But I am not going to take any pressure for that. I just think it is really cool that that is the way it is. For sure I will get a lot of support from Finland. It is my goal, too."
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:43
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 14:43
Kamui Kobayashi has received almost £1m in donations from fans as he tries to raise funds to stay on the Formula One grid.
Kobayashi launched the Kamui Support website after Sauber confirmed Esteban Gutierrez would join the team for 2013, leaving no place for Kobayashi at the team.
Gutierrez brings backing from Mexican telecommunications giant Telmex. Sauber had already appointed Nico Hulkenberg for next season following Sergio Perez’s move to McLaren.
As of today Kobayashi has raised ¥127,863,961 (£967,000) via the website.
Lotus, Force India, Caterham and Marussia potentially have vacancies in their 2013 driver line-ups, as do HRT, though there are serious doubts over whether they will continue in F1 next year.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 14:28
Posted 02 December 2012 - 14:55
Bye bye, HRT.
HRT absent from 2013 FIA entry list
HRT have not been included in the official FIA 2013 team entry list. With the team still struggling to find a buyer, and the deadline for teams to pay their entry fee for the 2013 season passing on Friday, it looks almost certain that there will only be 22 drivers for 11 teams in the 2013 seasons.