Formula One rookie Valtteri Bottas believes that the unpredictable Pirelli tires will work in his favor in 2013.
“I think it’s good that we have different tires to last year and everyone has to adapt to it a little bit. It’s definitely a good thing for me.”
This season, the Pirelli tires will have a shorter window in which their optimum pace is available, forcing the drivers to race conservatively to avoid making extra pit stops. Bottas, who will race for Williams in 2013, believes that the tires will help all of the drivers who will be making their F1 debuts this season.
“If you’re a rookie and there’s something new for the year it’s always better as it equals everyone a little bit.”
Besides Bottas, Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton (both Marussia) will all be racing for the first time in Melbourne in two weeks time. Chilton is the only rookie without at least one Friday practice session under his belt, and Bottas feels that the extra running on Fridays in 2012 prepared him for the season ahead.
“I’ve been in all the race weekends last year and had the practices and some test days now, it’s still the first race, but I really want to get on with it and deliver really soon.”
At just twenty-three, Bottas is already showing a mature outlook towards racing in Formula One.
“If there are mistakes that’s just how it is and I need to learn from the mistakes and learn not to do it again. In F1 I’ve learned that it’s so important to finish the race and take the flag because if you want to score the points you need to finish the race. This will be the main thing next year, to always try to finish the race.”
His pace in the Friday sessions last season was highly impressive, regularly matching teammate Pastor Maldonado. The new flying Finn appears to have a bright future in the sport, and he will be keen on excelling in 2013.