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Valtteri Bottas - excited to see what this kid can do


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#51 skywing

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 18:20

Kovalainen over Bottas any day in my team.

:drunk: Please even let Valtteri start a race...

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#52 4L3X

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 18:56

:drunk: Please even let Valtteri start a race...


Exactly. No comparison.

#53 Seanspeed

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 19:53

Kovalainen over Bottas any day in my team.

He's more proven, but that isn't such a good thing for Kovalainen either. You know what you're getting with him. A good, but not great driver. Thing is, Bottas has the potential to be just as good, and also comes with money, however much.

I admit I've never been super impressed with Bottas, but I said the same thing about Kobayashi and Maldonado and they've both proved themselves in this sport. Bottas definitely deserves a chance and anybody who thinks he's here solely for his money hasn't been paying attention. His F1 tests have all been fairly impressive.

#54 olliek88

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 21:21

He's more proven, but that isn't such a good thing for Kovalainen either. You know what you're getting with him. A good, but not great driver. Thing is, Bottas has the potential to be just as good, and also comes with money, however much.

I admit I've never been super impressed with Bottas, but I said the same thing about Kobayashi and Maldonado and they've both proved themselves in this sport. Bottas definitely deserves a chance and anybody who thinks he's here solely for his money hasn't been paying attention. His F1 tests have all been fairly impressive.


I think Bottas's CV speaks for itself, they only series he never won was the F3 Euro Series and that was largely because the ART team fell well behind Signature. He has bags of talent and i think he has the potential to seriously impress, i'd just urge people not to expect too much too soon. I'd be surprised if he can get close to Pastor before the European season kicks off to be honest.

#55 RockyRaccoon68

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 21:23

I'm excited about both Bottas and Bianchi, most exciting rookies since Hulkenberg IMO.

#56 Niro

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 22:25

The final race in Monza was simply fantastic, propably the best feeder-series race I have seen (well, atleast the best GP3 race), and Valtteri showed some nerves of steel that day.


This. I remember myself cursing I didn't have my TiVo on!
Bottas has this certain kind of calmness around him, which spells great promise to me.
It seems like he means business.
But you never know. We'll see.

#57 SvenF1

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:55

My expectation and hope is that he will perform similarly to the Hulk in 2010. That is taking half the season to get up to speed before matching his team mate. It's rare that a Hamilton comes along and is incredibly fast from the off. Wouldn't it would be ace if the Bott is the same though?

You can't really compare what Hamilton did to what the situation is today. Back then you could test as much as you liked, and even if Bottas did many friday sessions last season, Hamilton did way way more laps in an F1 car before his first race. Same goes for every rookie these days.

#58 Vesuvius

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 20:30

Really interesting stuff from Valtteris engineer at GP3 Christophe Perrin :crunch time for Bottas

#59 scandyman

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:40

Very nice start for f1-career beating his fast teammate in difficult conditions. :up:

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#60 Vesuvius

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:00

Valtteri is known to be good in wet conditions, no mistake today and beated Maldonado clearly, well done!:)

#61 CrashPad

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:09

Well done, extremely difficult conditions for a rookie and he still delivered a solid result :up:

#62 chumma

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:16

Out qualified his teammate in a lemon, well done Valtteri, hopefully Williams give you a decent car soon!

#63 FernuttonHulkkonen

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 14:33

Good Job by Bottas :up:

Albeit it must be said he was quite lucky that those were the conditions because in the dry Maldonado would embarass him going by the consistent 0,6s margin between them in both type of tires during Friday FPs

#64 TFLB

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 15:04

Decent effort by Bottas, but it has to be taken with a pinch of salt because Maldonado may have improved if Gutierrez hadn't crashed. The Williams seems very very slow though.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 15:54

this season i fear we won't be able to judge any rookie properly,as all they will drive are craps(don't expect Gutierrez to stand against Hulk either)...

i thought William would be as decent as last year...so bad luck for Bottas...

Edited by aray, 16 March 2013 - 15:54.


#66 SamH123

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 17:25

I think Bottas is a little bit slower than Maldonado at the moment and his Q1 lap was more a result of fortunate timing but the gap doesn't seem that large so it will be interesting to see what happens later in the season

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 17:35

I think Bottas is a little bit slower than Maldonado at the moment and his Q1 lap was more a result of fortunate timing but the gap doesn't seem that large so it will be interesting to see what happens later in the season

No matter the circumstances Bottas was faster than Maldonado today and that on a new track for him. As I've said before Maldonado is an emotional driver who doesn't perform well under pressure. He's already started to talk about the car beeing undriveable and back to 2011 level. I don't think an attitude like that will help him beat Bottas this year.

However I agree that he seemed to be faster in dry conditions.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:10

For those who followed Bottas through the race, what is your opinion how was he?

I meant to follow him from live timing, but the action on top took all of my focus.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:12

He was ahead of Maldonado all race as he didn't get caught behind a Marussia at the start. Pastor then fell off by himself, so overall he outperformed him.

#70 Mauseri

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:12

Nothing special today, but it was the first race and he beat Maldonado, and the team clearly has some work to do.

#71 olliek88

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:12

A shame the car is a bit of a dog, hard to form an opinion at the moment.

#72 Santuri9

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:31

Bottas came as promised; a quick, consistent driver.

They were exchanging places with Maldonado but seemed like it would have been neck and neck for Bottas had the race continued. Maldonado had a bad weekend, car just didn't come to him. A bit surprised by how he slagged the car after qualy but Bottas drove the same car with the same setup (team admitted) and was faster.

Big gap to torro Rosso & Sauber :/ I'm hoping they will pick up pace otherwise we're in for a Caterham season where the drivers are just trundling around racing each other.

Nonetheless, 1-0 to Bottas and as a Finn and fan it's the most I can ask for with the car they have right now.

#73 Topsu

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:34

Isn't this a driver thread?

#74 Disgrace

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:38

Rename it Bottas vs. Maldonado if you expect it to become a fanboy hangout.

#75 joshb

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:13

Will be hard to show too much potential in the Williams if they can't improve it. He was only 15 secs ahead of Bianchi until he had a poor final stop near the end

#76 ruby soho

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:18

He has performed all weekend better than Maldonado, who we know to be a very fast driver. Kept out of trouble and did a very mature, solid first race. It's difficult to look impressive, when you are driving a complete dog.

#77 Lights

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:19

A bit invisible wasn't he?

Which means he did loads better than Maldonado.

#78 CrashPad

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:23

Was about to post the exact same comment :D
Better to be invisible than to be noticed for beaching the car.

Round 1 for Vale.

#79 scandyman

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 14:13

Round 1 for Vale.

And round 2 goes to Bottas aswell. However Maldonado had q in his pocket with (0,4 secs) so Bottas needs to work on that...

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#80 Myrvold

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 00:10

And round 2 goes to Bottas aswell. However Maldonado had q in his pocket with (0,4 secs) so Bottas needs to work on that...


So, basically, it is like Senna vs Maldo last year.

#81 scandyman

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:15

And round 3 goes to Bottas aswell. However Maldonado had q in his pocket with (0,4 secs) so Bottas needs to work on that...



#82 Wander

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:19

Bottas is doing alright. The car is just unfortunately quite slow.

#83 Topsu

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:29

I really would've liked to see Bottas in last year's car.

#84 Anderis

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:33

So, basically, it is like Senna vs Maldo last year.

Not really. Bottas is much more convincing than Senna was.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:32

And round 2 goes to Bottas aswell. However Maldonado had q in his pocket with (0,4 secs) so Bottas needs to work on that...

Bottas would've clipped at Maldonado's heels without a big moment towards the end of turn one. MTV3 did a lap analysis with him and he said the rest of the lap he was on identical pace with Maldonado. The error was caused by not accounting for the wind enough - the corner starts with headwind and finishes off with tailwind, causing massive loss in rear downforce. It was his rookieish error, but the team could've definitely helped by allowing him to do 2 runs in Q1 rather just one lap right at the end. I guess they thought they would make it to Q2 with ease.

#86 scandyman

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 15:04

Round 4 goes to Maldonado. Dunno what happened on race because I wasn't paying attention on backmarkers. Well Bottas got Qualifying this time.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 15:55

Round 4 goes to Maldonado. Dunno what happened on race because I wasn't paying attention on backmarkers. Well Bottas got Qualifying this time.


Did Bottas try a 2 stopper? He pitted way later than Maldonado.

It looked like he was forced to do a third stop late in the race when he was about 5 s ahead of Maldonado.



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Posted 21 April 2013 - 17:57

Did Bottas try a 2 stopper? He pitted way later than Maldonado.

It looked like he was forced to do a third stop late in the race when he was about 5 s ahead of Maldonado.


According to Coughlan Bottas had some problems with the last pit stop. Otherwise the cars would have been close to each other.

#89 superdelphinus

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 18:22

All hype and no underpants

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 15:29

At this stage, I have to believe Williams must be regretting bowing to pressure from Toto Wolff to replace Bruno with Valtteri - even when sponsorship is removed from the equasion.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 15:37

At this stage, I have to believe Williams must be regretting bowing to pressure from Toto Wolff to replace Bruno with Valtteri - even when sponsorship is removed from the equasion.

Why? Bottas is beating Maldonado and doesn't cause crashes. Both is something Senna hardly managed to do.

#92 discover23

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 15:40

Not really. Bottas is much more convincing than Senna was.

Maybe but not by much. For all the crap Maldonado takes on this board for being a paid driver none of his teamates so far have been able to beat him convincingly .

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 15:42

People really should not have overhyped him in the manner they did. He's certainly talented, as I've seen what he can do in GP3 and other junior racing categories, but after reading some of the comments on here you would've expected another Lewis Hamilton-esque debut.

Of course, the disappointing car is to take most of the blame.

Edited by Kingshark, 18 May 2013 - 15:42.


#94 Lights

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 15:44

At times, Senna made last years Williams look like this years Williams. He was alright in the races though. Bottas seems to be be performing better all-round, and has the potential to match Maldonado. Until they're able to score points it doesn't really matter though.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 16:56

Maybe but not by much. For all the crap Maldonado takes on this board for being a paid driver none of his team-mates so far have been able to beat him convincingly .


Rubens Barrichello says hi :wave:

Maybe Bottas and Maldonado are just both mediocre?

#96 Anderis

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 17:02

Rubens Barrichello says hi :wave:

Rubens didn't beat Maldonado convincingly.

Maldonado achieved better average starting position during the year.
If not Hamilton's dumb move in Monaco, Maldonado would've beaten Barrichello in points.
Maldonado outraced Rubens 4 races in row on demandig tracks between Belgium and Japan. Rubens had never outraced Pastor 4 races in row.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 17:13

He's doing alright IMO, i'm hoping he can improve and beat his team mate more consistently. fun fact, if williams don't score in monaco then it will officially be their worst start to a season ever.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 17:32

People really should not have overhyped him in the manner they did. He's certainly talented, as I've seen what he can do in GP3 and other junior racing categories, but after reading some of the comments on here you would've expected another Lewis Hamilton-esque debut.


Hamilton-esque? Hamilton had the fastest/second fastest car in his debut season. He would have done shit in a slow car.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 17:37

Hamilton-esque? Hamilton had the fastest/second fastest car in his debut season. He would have done shit in a slow car.

That's debatable. Hamilton was an equal match for Alonso in his rookie season. I doubt he'd have as much trouble with Maldonado.

That being said, I do believe that Bottas has the potential to be a future WDC, and he'll beat Maldonado by the end of the season, but he needs more time and less pressure put on him.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 23:50

but he needs more time and less pressure put on him.


That's something I felt Senna needed as well. Less pressure to be like Ayrton.

And I really do think, that both Bottas and Senna are sort of suffering from the same thing. The way F1 is these days.