x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Q&A with Williams reserve driver Valtteri Bottas

The Williams reserve driver Valtteri Bottas briefly topped the times in the first practice before handing the car back to Bruno Senna. The Finn talks to Graham Caygill about the car's potential and his hopes of getting a seat next season.

Williams Formula One test driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland drives during the first practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Williams Formula One test driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland drives during the first practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Did you enjoy your time on the track?
aIt was really good as I already knew the track from last year's young drivers test, so I could go get straight into it and feel the car and try to improve the car. . We got some really good data.
Was it a good feeling to show your pace?
If I am going to get the race seat for next year I need to show that I can do this. Hopefully, I showed that I can be on the pace and there is more to come.
As a reserve driver can you gain experience despite the lack of race action?
When I am watching the race in the garage, with the headset on, I can get a picture of the strategy, so I try to learn why they do some things. I try to learn so if I get a race seat some day I know maybe a bit more than other drivers because I have seen everything from the outside first.
How competitive might Williams be at Yas Marina?
I think we are looking really good. Our race pace seemed really strong so I think we have a good chance to get both cars in the points and have a good weekend.
What is the latest on your chances of getting a race seat at Williams for 2013?
I am just waiting to hear, really. I think even the team haven't decided when they will decide, so we will have to wait and see.
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