Formula One’s newest superstar may have come to the fore after Valtteri Bottas ended Williams’ disastrous start to the season by qualifying a superb 3rd for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix.
“It is way more up the grid than I could ever imagine,” Bottas said in the post-qualifying press conference.
“It has been so difficult during the first six races of the season so this is a nice boost for the team.”
The team has endured one of its worst ever starts to a Formula One season, failing to score any points in 2013 off the back of a race-winning campaign in 2012. Bottas has outshone teammate Pastor Maldonado, leading Williams’ charge and he has increased his superiority after producing such a brilliant performance in the wet conditions.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
“We really got everything quite right today,” Bottas said, with his lap coming at the right time in Q3. As the conditions worsened, none of the other drivers could better their times, handing the Finnish driver P3 behind Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton on the grid.
Ever since winning the GP3 championship in 2011, Bottas has been touted as a star for the future, but his immediate impact on the sport was restricted by the capability of the FW35 car. However, the tables may have turned in Canada, and Williams will be banking on scoring some points for the first time in 2013 tomorrow.