Wolff remains coy on 2013 line-up

By on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Williams’ Executive Director, Toto Wolff, has said that the team is undecided on their 2013 driver line-up, and admits that it could be another month before it is resolved.

Williams has fielded Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna this season, with both drivers reportedly coming with healthy financial backing.

When asked about 2013 by the Official Formula One website, Wolff said "It’s too early to say. Sure, we are taking different looks at the issue, but the minute we discuss it we are going to mess-up Pastor and Bruno - and maybe others that we try talking to - so I would give it another month before we are going to have the first idea of what we want."

Wolff also gave an insight into the ability of Venezuelan Maldonado.

"Yes, he’s got a huge raw talent - he is extremely fast", he said. "And he is a nice guy, which is important because you need to be socially competent to function in that environment. The new generation of drivers needs to be like that. Yes, he seems to struggle in some situations in the race."

"From one stupid, heated incident in Monaco it has almost become an avalanche - and this is affecting his performance. But I think he has understood now that he has to take a different approach - this is not GP2. But he is an intelligent guy and he will learn from it. He understands that he is in a difficult situation, but he will rise above it."

Wolff said that the team has no issues with the stewarding relating to Maldonado's incidents and says that the driver himself understands he needs to change.

"We accept all the decisions made by the stewards - we must as they are the police - so maybe Pastor has to change the way he is driving and he has accepted that. So we take it from there. I am sure we will see many more successful races from him in the future. "

Valtteri Bottas has long been linked with a move to a race seat with Williams in 2013, replacing Bruno Senna. But Wolff says that the Brazilian has emerged as a good Formula One driver

"Bruno is very intelligent and very sensitive and that means he is putting a lot of pressure on himself. Whether it is the name or not, I don’t know. But he has made his way into F1, which means that he is good. He has an extremely fast team mate and he needs to follow his path. He is pushing very hard and we are trying to support him as best we can."

Wolff also added that he is unsure when the team will announce their 2013 drivers, but irrespective of who takes to the wheel, his targets are clear.

"In 2013 we will have a carry-over of the car so I’d like to see us in the points more regularly. Pastor hopefully stays with us and has learned his lessons - so the next logical step would be the top six in the constructors’ - or even top five. In 2014 all is new - new car, new engine - so everything is up in the air again, but nevertheless I see us as one of the top teams"

"Whether this means winning races regularly or challenging for the championship, I don’t know, but the perception should be that this team is winning races and is on the podium regularly"

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