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Bottas disappointed by uncompetitive Williams

Apr 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

Williams Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland looks on during the first practice session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur

Formula One rookie Valtteri Bottas admits he is disappointed by Williams’ lapse in form over the off-season.

Bottas made his F1 debut in Australia for the team that won the Spanish Grand Prix last year and had the sixth-fastest car of 2012.

But the new FW35 has given the team a lot of trouble and is yet to score a point.

“Of course I was hoping to fight for better positions,” he told Autosport.

“The goal is to get higher and be consistently in the points. It’s what the team was hoping for and what I’m hoping for so of course it’s a bit disappointing.”

Williams’ struggle comes as a surprise after a competitive 2012 and a promising off-season. Bottas and team mate Pastor Maldonado sang the praises of the FW32 after driving it for the first time.

But the new exhaust package the team ran at the final test has failed to work as expected and technical director Mike Coughlan admitted they are considering reverting to last year’s design. Bottas added “some things were better in the car” the team ran last year.

The team’s 2013 campaign has also been struck by personal loss. Team founder Frank Williams’ wife Virginia passed away from cancer shortly before the start of the season.

Daughter Claire Williams was set to take over as deputy team principal but the personnel change was postponed following the team’s bereavement. The next round in China will be her first race in the new role which Coughlan filled in the interim.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    After last year’s performance this year for Williams has just sucked. What a terrible year for them and Frank in particular. If there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not seeing it.

    Nothing I’d like to see more than Williams becoming a title contender again!

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