M it Valtteri Bottas is creating one of the greatest young talents Finally the leap into Formula 1 in motorsport. In 2010, the 20-year-old junior will take the vacant position of Nico Hülkenberg at Williams. Hülkenberg had been promoted from test and substitute driver to regular driver in winter.
Botta's best Formula 3 rookie
Bottas was the team leader around Patrick Head and Frank Williams is particularly convincing with his success in the Formula 3 Euro Series. In his first year in 2009, he was third in the championship and thus the best-placed rookie.
'Valtteri's résumé is very impressive with a long list of successes in the junior formula series,' commented team principal Frank Williams on the commitment of Young pilots. 'We hope that the role as official test driver can offer a further step in his development. We wish him all the best in the Formula 3 Euro Series in the coming season.'
Williams first stop on the Road to Formula 1
Bottas himself, who is also said to have been a test driver at McLaren, expressed his satisfaction with his new job: 'It's a great way to end 2010 I'm very honored to have been selected by a team as glorious as Williams. You are one of the most important names in the sport. I am sure I can learn a lot with the team and I trust that we achieve great results in the coming years. '
Parallel to his position as F1 substitute, the man from Nastola will continue to accelerate in Formula 3. The timetable for the coming years has already been set: 'This opportunity gives me even more positive energy to develop myself as a driver and to achieve my goals in the future. My big goal is to become a Formula 1 driver one day. '