Bottas is currently the great unknown. He was quick in his FP1 sessions – and that is no mean feat, given his relative inexperience with the car – but then Maldonado has only really shown his speed in qualifying. I think Maldonado remains a hot-heated driver, despite him staying out of trouble in recent races; in the ‘right’ circumstances, his temper may well flare up again.
Bottas looks to be more of laid-back Finn (a cliche, of course, but that’s my first impression anyway), but he still needs to demonstrate that he can race F1 cars. I think he has a good chance of beating Pastor, though, because apart from that one afternoon in Catalunya in May, I haven’t been blown away by Maldonado’s prowess/race pace on Sundays, where Senna was often a match for him.
Definitely shaping up to be a very interesting intra-team battle.