Williams ‘don’t feel Bottas is a rookie’

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Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Jerez, 2013In the round-up: Williams expect Valtteri Bottas to be on Pastor Maldonado’s pace.

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Williams does not see Bottas as a rookie (Autosport)

Williams chief engineer Xevi Pujolar: “Because he has been with us for a long time and because he has done a few Friday sessions, we know him well. We don’t feel like he is a rookie.”

Canal+ wins French F1 rights (Advanced Television)

“The race broadcasts will be shown on pay-TV, but the agreement includes the airing of a free-to-air magazine programme. Canal+ will also show free-practice and qualifying sessions.”

HRT termina en el desguace (AS, Spanish)

HRT’s chassis, machinery and tools have been sold to a parts recycling company called Teo Martin.

Lewis Hamilton returns to Top Gear test track (Evening Standard)

“The BBC said: ‘This time the track is dry and Lewis is taking no prisoners in his attempts to smash the lap record.'”

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Adrian Sutil’s chances of getting the second Force India seat seem to be improving but a lot of readers seem to prefer Jules Bianchi for the drive:

I’m surprised that Sutil is still in the running for the seat. He must have done well in his year away from the sport to secure enough backing to keep him in contention this long. I assume that Bianchi hasn?t gotten the drive yet because Force India is seeking Ferrari engines cheaper than Ferrari are willing to supply, merely for the sake of Bianchi.

I?m still hoping Bianchi will get the second seat, because I find it more interesting to see what he can do compared to round two of Sutil ?ǣ DiResta. However, with the trouble Mallya and Sahara find themselves in currently, I will settle for any Force India presence on the grid this and coming seasons.
@AdrianMorse

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