Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams has applauded the “spectacular” job done by Valteri Bottas so far this season.
Bottas made his Formula One début with Williams at this year’s Australian Grand Prix, having spent 2012 as the team’s development driver, yet the Finn is still looking for his first points in the sport as his team have struggled to the tame the troublesome FW35.
Despite this, the 23-year-old has impressed the paddock with his obvious speed, lining up 3rd on the grid in Canada and out qualifying his well respected team-mate Pastor Maldonado, the winner of last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, 6 times in 10 races.
Speaking to AUTOSPORT, Williams was full of praise for the young Finn, citing his maturity and all-round approach as key reasons for why he had made such an impression on the team.
“He has done a spectacular job for the team this year.
“The thing I have been most impressed with is his maturity and I suppose maybe, because of his nationality, his calmness comes out in situations where he could be completely the opposite”, she added. “He is just fantastic and engenders a respect in the team because of the way he operates.
“He works really hard to make sure he does his bit to help drive this team forward.
“He’s the all-round package; he’s everything you want him to be in the cockpit, gives the feedback that the engineers need to develop the car, is great from a marketing and media perspective and is a great leader.
“You want someone who, when the chips are down, steps out of the cockpit and helps to galvanise the team.”
Williams currently sit 9th in the Constructors Championship, with a sole point, earned by Pastor Maldonando at the Hungarian Grand Prix their only return from what has been a difficult season for the Grove based squad.
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