Date: 6th December 2013 at 10:29am
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Valtteri Bottas is looking forward to the new season with Williams and new team-mate Felipe Massa.

The experienced Brazilian is making the leap from Ferrari to Williams after losing his seat to 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Raikkonen’s decision to leave Lotus for Ferrari set off a chain of events, which allowed Pastor Maldonando to end his contract with Williams early to make the move to Lotus, which enabled Massa to make the move to Williams.

Bottas enjoyed an excellent rookie season at Williams during the 2013 campaign, his Williams might not have been the mid-pack runner and regular top ten finisher the team had hoped for. But Bottas comfortably out-performed team-mate Pastor Maldonado throughout the season.

The Finn out-qualified Maldonado 12-7 during the season, while his eighth place finish at the United States Grand Prix earned him four Formula One World Championship points, whilst Maldonado scored just one.

Bottas is now very much looking forward to the challenge of competing against 11-time race winner Felipe Massa, whilst the team hope for better performances following the switch to Mercedes power-trains for next season.

‘very much looking forward to it, it’s a good challenge for me’. Bottas told Sky Sports.

‘At the same time for me and for the team, his experience is a very good thing. He’s a nice guy and he’s ready to work hard, to be a team player so I’m very much looking forward to it. I really can’t wait for next season.’

‘It is a very good reference. He’s got a lot of experience and if I manage to be competitive against him it’s a good thing for me as well, So we will see next year what’s going to happen.’