Bottas pleased with strong run to P11

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Williams may be struggling greatly with their 2013 car, the FW35, but Valtteri Bottas is pleased with his 11th-placed finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

“I had a good start but then I drove off the dry line racing van der Garde and ran wide dropping to the back of the field. Once the track started to dry I was able to start overtaking a few cars and I had a good, clean race.”

Bottas managed to finish ahead of fellow rookies Esteban Gutierrez and Jules Bianchi, and he only finished a couple of seconds behind Jean-Eric Vergne who scored the final championship point on offer in Malaysia. The prospect of scoring points so early into his F1 career excited Bottas, who believes that he could have caught Vergne.

“The team did a great job with the strategy and with a few more laps I could have stated attacking for a championship point.

“We maximized what we had today but I trust in the team that we can now continue working together to improve.”

Pastor Maldonado retired for the third consecutive year in Malaysia due to a KERS failure, but the Venezuelan driver was also pleased with Williams’ strategy.

“The intermediate tires made the start of the race very difficult. We had a good strategy to pit earlier in the race and opt for the dry tires. The pace in the second stint was good, but unfortunately my race ended early after a KERS problem forced us to retire the car.

“We will now work hard to prepare as best we can for the next two flyaway races.”

Williams are one of just three teams yet to score any points in 2013, with Marussia and Caterham also failing to record a top ten finish so far this season.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold