Bottas: Maldonado's move unfair

By on Sunday, October 13, 2013
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

Valtteri Bottas says that Williams team-mate Pastor Maldonado drove unfairly during the closing moments of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Maldonado dived down the inside of Bottas into the Casio triangle on the final lap, forcing Bottas to run wide and concede the position.

Maldonado came across the line in 16th place, ahead of Bottas.

"There was no space on the track. It was not fair," Bottas told BBC Sport.

"If I hadn't gone straight on we'd have crashed. Racing shouldn't be like that."

Maldonado disagreed with Bottas's view, saying that the move was "close, but quite clean."

"I got the position. I was faster than him."

"For sure it’s not making any big difference but when you are a racer you always want to take the position on the others."

Maldonado also criticised his strategy, describing it as "completely wrong. We got 100% from the car."

Williams has scored just a single point all season, courtesy of Maldonado's 10th place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Maldonado brings significant sponsorship to Williams and while Venezuelan oil company PDVSA has two years remaining on its contract, Maldonado has not yet been confirmed at the team for 2014.

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