Williams in turmoil over driver choice for 2012

By on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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The Williams team is in internal turmoil, which could possibly impact its choice of drivers for the 2012 season. According to Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, Williams chairman Adam Parr and the team's second biggest stakeholder Christian Wolff was involved in a big argument just before the Singapore GP.

Parr and Wolff are at odds over the future of Williams and over the choice of driver to partner Pastor Maldonado in the 2012 season. The drivers rumored to be under consideration to replace Rubens Barrichello for 2012 are the 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, Force India driver Adrian Sutil and Williams' test driver Valtteri Bottas. Both Raikkonen and Sutil visited the Williams' Oxfordshire factory within the past two weeks. Reports said it was Adam Parr who showed world rally driver and former Sauber, McLaren and Ferrari driver Raikkonen, 31, around the Williams factory.

Although Raikkonen would not bring any major financial backing with him, Parr is hoping that the presence of a former Formula One World Champion in the team will attract more sponsors. Parr is also said to be interested in the financial backing provided by Sutil's main sponsor Medion.

However, Wolff's preferred candidate for the Williams seat in 2012 is Valtteri Bottas. Wolff, who co-owns a driver management company with Mika Hakkinen, was involved in managing Valtteri Bottas. "Personally, I think that Valtteri is ready to succeed in Formula One in the very near future", Wolff said to IS.

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