Bottas to replace Senna at Williams

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Updated: November 28, 2012

Finland’s Valtteri Bottas will join Pastor Maldonado at Williams next season after the British team announced their 2013 driver line-up on Wednesday.

Bottas, who was been the team’s test driver since 2010, steps up in place of Brazil’s Bruno Senna.

Venezuela’s Maldonado has been rewarded for winning this season’s Spanish Grand Prix, the team’s first race victory since 2004, with a third year at the team.

The 23-year-old Valtteri, a protege of McLaren’s double world champion Mika Hakkinen, has been groomed by Williams over the past two years and his lap times during race weekends this season have been impressive, even to the extent that McLaren were considering him as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton.