‘Even in a bad car you get opportunities’ – Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas believes he can still show what he’s capable of despite Williams suffering a major slump in form this year.

The team which won the Spanish Grand Prix last year has only scored a single point in ten races so far in 2013.

Bottas said the poor form of the FW35 “was a surprise for everyone in the team”.

“No one expected it,” he told Motorsport Monday.

However he believes he can still do justice to his ability in an uncompetitive car: “Maybe it’s not as easy as in a good car because people follow the drivers outside the top ten a bit less,” he said.

“But moments like qualifying in Canada in those difficult conditions, we got everything together and I managed to do well. Even in a bad car you always get one or two opportunities to show what you can do.”

Bottas said his third place on the grid in Montreal was “down to the team effort”.

“I also managed to get a very good lap in when it really mattered. The conditions were changing all the time. I didn’t make any mistakes but the team did such a good job with the set-up and timing.”

He added his feedback from Williams has been good so far: “For me the main thing is that the team knows how well I’m doing. They really know because they see all the data.”

“So far I’ve only heard positive things. With this car that we have I think they’ve been happy with my performance. It’s still my first season in Formula One and I’m still getting better and better.”

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.