Formula One team Ferrari makes bid to sign Bottas from Williams.
The Ferrari Formula One Ferrari team makes bid to sign driver Valtteri Bottas of Williams, as per Germany’s Bild daily paper. If Bottas really goes to Ferrari, it would cost the team and his place to fill by the team driver Nico Hulkenburg.
Born in Nastola, Finland, Bottas won both the 2008 Formula Renault Euro cup and the Formula Renault Northern European Cup in 2008. In 2010 Bottas was assigned test driver for the Williams Formula One team.
The first race of the 2014 season in Australia, Bottas qualified 10th and finished 6th. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas qualified 2nd and achieved his best grid position in Formula One, by finishing third behind Nico Rosberg (1st) and Lewis Hamilton (2nd).
Bottas and Massa would retain their drives with Williams for the 2015 season. Bottas qualified sixth for the race in Australia, but injured his back during qualifying.
In the midst of increasing hypothesis about Kimi Raikkonen’s future with the Italian group, the report said Ferrari has made an offer to Finn Bottas, as well as his present group Williams. Williams’s contract with Bottas is to expire in 2016 and that’s why Ferrari is determined to get the 25-year-old driver.
“It would be a pity if he leaves the team,” said Williams’ experienced technical boss Pat Symonds. “I know he feels very comfortable here, and he is an important part of the team.”
Bild claims that Ferrari is putting forth to pay Williams 4 million euros (approx. $4.5 million) to discharge the youthful Finn, “yet agent manager Claire Williams is requesting considerably more.”
The report accepts Williams’ counteroffer could be as much as 15 million euros (approx. $16.75 million), which has been at first rejected by Ferrari manager Maurizio Arrivabene.