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Friday January 4, 2013

Newcomer Bottas to play it cool at Williams

LONDON: Formula One newcomer Valtteri Bottas has played down expectations that he is set to become the sport’s new sensation.

The 23-year-old Williams recruit insists he will just concentrate on learning as much as possible about his new surroundings this year.

And the latest Flying Finn is playing it cool in the wake of a glowing tribute from excited team boss Frank Williams, who described him as “quite simply one of the most talented young racing drivers I have come across”.

Williams added: “We expect great things from him in the future.”

Bottas, who has replaced the axed Bruno Senna, has the same ultimate aim as his boss but has sounded a note of caution.

He said: “Being successful in the future is my goal as well and I’m in F1 now because I really want to compete against the best in the world.

“I want to do well and one day I want to be the world champion.

“But it’s all about learning, getting up to speed as quickly as possible, minimising mistakes and bringing home points.

“I know, and the team know, that once I get to drive more with mileage and experience I can do some good things.” — The Sun, London

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