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Williams Grand Prix Holdings
28 November 2012


28 November 2012. Grove, UK. The Williams F1 Team is pleased to announce  that 
Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will  be the team's race drivers for  the 
2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

2013 will be Pastor's third  season with the team and  comes on the back of  a 
successful 2012 that saw him win  the Spanish Grand Prix in commanding  style. 
Valtteri has been the Williams F1 Team's test driver since 2010. Valtteri  has 
taken part in a number of  this season's Friday practice sessions,  impressing 
with his pace and  maturity from the  outset. The GP3  champion in 2011,  2013 
will see Valtteri compete in the Formula One World Championship for the  first 

Commenting on  his  contract  renewal  for 2013,  Pastor  said;  ''I'm  really 
enjoying my time with Williams and I was obviously very happy when I was  told 
that I would be continuing  with the team in 2013.  2012 was a memorable  year 
for me with the win in  Barcelona and we made a  big step forward in terms  of 
performance. I have a lot  of confidence in the  team and hopefully next  year 
will see us move even further up the grid and taste more success.''

Speaking about  his new  role, Valtteri  commented: ''It  has always  been  my 
life-long dream to  compete in the  Formula One World  Championship. To do  so 
with one of the most legendary teams in the sport is incredibly special.  I've 
really enjoyed my three years with Williams so far and feel very at home  here 
so my goal  was always  to stay  for 2013  and progress  to a  race seat.  I'm 
looking forward to getting my Formula One career started and enjoying a lot of
success with Williams.''

Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, said; ''In Pastor and Valtteri
we have two of the most exciting  talents in motor racing and I am  especially 
excited about what 2013 can bring for Williams. Pastor has always demonstrated
remarkable pace and this year has seen him mature as a racing driver. Valtteri
is quite simply  one of the  most talented  young racing drivers  I have  come 
across and we expect great things from him in the future. I would also like to
take this opportunity to thank our  departing driver Bruno Senna for his  hard 
work over the past year and wish him the best of luck going forward.''


Pastor Maldonado

Pastor began his single-seater  racing career in 2003  in the Italian  Formula 
Renault Series. The following  year he became the  series champion with  eight 
wins and gained his first taste of Formula One machinery with Minardi.  Pastor 
then finished third in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2006 with three  wins 
and six podiums. He graduated to GP2  the following year where he raced  until 
2010, claiming the title  with 10 wins.  He made his F1  debut when he  joined 
Williams F1 for the  2011 season, picking  up his maiden  victory at the  2012 
Spanish Grand Prix. 2013 will be his third season with the Williams F1 Team.

Valtteri Bottas

After winning  three prestigious  kart  titles in  2006, Valtteri  moved  into 
single-seaters, winning the 2008 Formula Renault Eurocup and the 2008  Formula 
Renault Northern European Cup. In June 2009 he won the Masters of Formula 3 at
Zandvoort, a title he won again in 2010 and he remains the only driver ever to
have won the title twice. Valtteri raced in F3 in 2010, securing two victories
en route to third place in the  championship. He joined Williams F1 that  year 
as test driver, continuing this role into 2011 when he also won the GP3 Series
at the first  attempt. In  2012 Valtteri  became the  team's Official  Reserve 
Driver and 2013  will see him  progress to a  race seat with  the Williams  F1 

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