29 Nov 2012

Williams sign up Finnish driver

10:57 am on 29 November 2012

The Williams Formula One motor racing team has announced that Finn Valtteri Bottas will line up alongside Pastor Maldonado as their two drivers for 2013, meaning Brazilian Bruno Senna is replaced after just one season.

Senna joined the team in 2012 when he took over from the retired Rubens Barrichello after a brief spell with Lotus-Renault, but a 16th place finish this season and just 31 points from 20 races means the nephew of the late Ayrton Senna is looking for a new team.

The 23-year-old Bottas is highly rated by team boss Frank Williams and seen as the ideal man to team up with Maldonado, who impressed this season and won his first GP in Spain in May.

Bottas has primarily been used as a test driver since 2010 but impressed on several weekends this season when he took part in official practice.