Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will replace Bruno Senna, nephew of the legendary Ayrton Senna, as one of the drivers for the Williams F1 Team in the 2013 Formula One season. Bottas will be joined by current Williams driver Pastor Maldonado in the new season.
This will be Maldonado’s third season with the British team and comes on the back of a successful 2012 that saw him win the Spanish Grand Prix in commanding style.
Valtteri, meanwhile, has been a Williams test driver since 2010 and has taken part in many of the practice sessions at each grand prix over the years. He also earned a GP3 championship in 2011, which helped to convince Williams bosses that he could be successful in motorsport’s top echelon.
‘’It has always been my life-long dream to compete in the Formula One World Championship,” Valtteri said after learning of his new role. “To do so with one of the most legendary teams in the sport is incredibly special.”
In a statement, Team Principal Frank Williams thanked Senna for his hard work and wished him the best of luck going forward. It’s not clear what Senna’s future plans will be, though the Brazilian driver plans to make an announcement soon.
Senna joined Williams only this year and helped the team come eighth in the Constructors’ Championship. He scored 31 points in the 2012 season versus the 45 scored by Maldonado.