After failing to score in his first twelve grands prix, the Finn has not enjoyed the best of starts to his F1 career, but he has openly admitted that it has been a difficult year for Williams.
“It has been quite a difficult season so far for us as a team as the results haven’t been there, so from this side it hasn’t been the easiest time,” Bottas told the official Formula One website. “But together we will overcome it.
“Pastor and I have been very close in terms of performance so far – and that is good as it makes both of us try harder. There is a lot of competition between the two of us, but no hard feelings or jealousy. We both want to do well for the team.”
However, Bottas is refusing to give up hope, having won the GP3 championship in 2011 thanks to a late upturn in form that saw him score four wins and two further podiums in the final eight races to claim the title ahead of then-teammate James Calado.
“With a very good second half of the season I won the GP3 title, was given the chance as Williams’ Friday driver in 2012, and was able to prove myself,” Bottas explained. “Hopefully I can use that ‘second-half-of-the-season’ talent again this year!”
The Finn has matched teammate Pastor Maldonado for much of the season, with the Venezuelan scoring Williams’ only point so far at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The team’s form is far different to that of 2012, with Maldonado winning the Spanish Grand Prix and regularly qualifying inside the top ten.
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