'Bottas more adaptable than Maldonado'

Monday 17-June-2013 11:42

Williams chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar believes Valtteri Bottas will have a long career in F1 after demonstrating his prowess in Canada.

The Williams rookie claimed the team's highest grid position of this campaign by some margin in Montreal when he put his FW35 up into third place in the rain on Saturday.

However, with the sun out on Sunday, the Finnish driver plummeted down the order as the car just didn't have the pace needed to run at the front.

But despite once again failing to score a point, Bottas impressed his Williams bosses with Pujolar saying he believes the rookie is more versatile than his more experienced team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

"You could say that they're both quite aggressive," Pujolar told ESPNF1.

"Pastor is a bit more specific and Valtteri I would say maybe is able to adapt himself more towards what is happening at each moment, but they are both quite aggressive.

"At the same time then in the race both can be quite similar looking after the tyres, it's just that Pastor has got some requirements that would sometimes give him an advantage in qualifying it's just that he needs to feel it."

"All the problems we had with the car we were struggling more with him than with Valtteri, but now with all the improvements we are doing with the car is just to go in one direction and both drivers asked to go in the same direction with the car."

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