Williams debutant Valtteri Bottas says there is no reason why he cannot score points during Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.
Bottas, 23, steps up to a race seat after spending 2012 as the team’s reserve driver.
“I’ve been lucky. I really feel like I’ve done the best preparation possible because last year I did practices in 15 of the grands prix and I’ve been in this team as a test driver for three years.”
“It’s the best you can really get nowadays as a young driver, so I feel well prepared. Of course, you would always like to drive more but everything has gone well and I’m ready.”
Bottas added that qualifying will determine his realistic hopes for Sunday.
“Finishing the race is the first thing, for sure. I think on Saturday we’ll see where we are and then maybe I can make another goal of where we’d like to finish. But first we need to finish the race.”
“Of course, if the car is quick enough for the top ten then I’ll be very happy to get my first points on Sunday.”
Bottas also thinks that team-mate Pastor Maldonado, entering his third season in the sport, will provide a good comparison.
“He’s a good benchmark, who can take everything out of the car when it matters. If I can get quite quickly to the same level it should be good.”