Valtteri Bottas: No reason why Williams can’t win championships again

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Recently-appointed Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas sees no reason why former team Williams cannot become a championship-winning outfit again.

Bottas made his F1 debut with Williams in 2013 and spent four seasons with the British team before joining Mercedes earlier this month ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Bottas led Williams to third place in the constructors’ championship in 2014 and 2015, and spoke warmly of his time with team in a video on Twitter.

“I was with Williams in total seven years, four years as a race driver. Everything has gone quickly,” Bottas said.

“I’m one of the [drivers with the] most races done for Williams. It’s been an amazing, amazing learning curve for me and also for the team.

“Every year the team has gone more and more professional, developing, even though results sometimes don’t show it.

“Williams has won so many championships that there’s no reason why it couldn’t win again. For this team it is only a matter of time.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t get together out first win or the title but I wish all the best to Williams and lot of success. I hope you will get the championship rather sooner than later.

“I hope I’ve given a lot to Williams – at least I tried everything I could, always wanted to be a team player, the goal was always to bring maximum points to the team.”

Williams last won a world championship back in 1997 when Jacques Villeneuve won the drivers’ title, with the team also taking the constructors’ trophy.