Valtteri Bottas is waiting in the wings at Williams, according to Toto Wolff.
Austrian Wolff doubles up as a Williams shareholder and executive as well as team reserve driver and Finn Bottas’ manager. In the context of Romain Grosjean’s Monza race ban, the word in the paddock is that the FIA is also running thin on patience for Pastor Maldonado. Read more... (244 words, estimated 59 secs reading time)
Valtteri Bottas has admitted that a flood of sponsorship would boost his chances of debuting for Williams in 2013.
Earlier reports from Finland said the British team’s 22-year-old reserve driver has been asked to put together more money to compete with Bruno Senna’s millions. Read more... (222 words, estimated 53 secs reading time)
Pastor Maldonado has revealed his priority is to stay with the Williams team in 2013.
With financial backing in tow, the Venezuelan made his debut for the Grove team last season and, despite some ups and downs so far in this campaign, he broke through in Barcelona for Williams’ first pole and win in years. But he admitted at Spa Francorchamps that he has yet to sign a contract for the 2012 F1 season. Read more... (276 words, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Marussia will use a KERS system supplied by rivals Williams in 2013.
Technical consultant Pat Symonds also revealed on Wednesday that Marussia, the former Virgin team he joined after bowing out of F1 amid the ‘crashgate’ affair, will remain with Cosworth power next season. The former Renault veteran said next year’s Marussia, to be called the MR02, will be an evolution of the single seater currently raced by Timo Glock and Charles Pic. Read more... (213 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)
Williams remains upbeat about its share market situation, despite the Telegraph newspaper saying the team is financially “underwater”. That is a financial expression, prompted in the famous British team’s situation because its shares floated at EUR 25 last year but are currently trading for just EUR 23. Read more... (196 words, estimated 47 secs reading time)
Toto Wolff has admitted Williams is facing a dilemma over its driver lineup for 2013.
The famous British team’s shareholder and new executive director told Brazil’s Totalrace he would “rather have three cars” to accommodate Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and reserve driver Valtteri Bottas on the grid next season. Read more... (246 words, estimated 59 secs reading time)
Williams’ 2012 car holds more potential than has been seen at recent grands prix according to reserve driver Valtteri Bottas, who is hotly tipped to step into the race cockpit in 2013. Read more... (215 words, estimated 52 secs reading time)
Williams’ radical improvement this year, after the 5-point debacle of 2011, has much to do with Renault. That is the view of the famous British team’s former co-owner and technical chief Patrick Head, who is no longer involved in the design and development of the Grove-made cars. Read more... (182 words, estimated 44 secs reading time)
Valtteri Bottas, currently Williams’ reserve and ‘Friday’ driver, has admitted a race seat at the British team would be “ideal”. Read more... (267 words, estimated 1:04 mins reading time)
Pastor Maldonado has revealed he wants to stay at Williams for “at least” another year.
As reigning GP2 champion, and with substantial backing from his native Venezuela, the now 27-year-old made his debut for the famous British team last year. He then defied his ‘pay driver’-labelling critics by winning in Barcelona earlier this season, but has also faced criticism for making too many mistakes. Maldonado is quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE as saying he would like to stay at Williams in 2013. Read more... (225 words, estimated 54 secs reading time)