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Bottas is unlikely to replace his compatriot Raikkonen, but would be a fitting successor
Valtteri Bottas arrived in F1 with a lot of hype, and this was entirely justified.
The 2011 GP3 Series champion had foresaken a move into GP2 for 2012 in favour of a testing role with the Williams team.
The gamble paid off: The Finn turned several heads and proved he was both talented and intelligent. A race seat beckoned for 2013 and (after Maldonado had challenged for podiums and scored a win in 2012), hopes were high.
Bottas and the team were brought back down to Earth with a bang this year.
The Williams has been a disaster, toiling at the rear of the field and often being eliminated alongside the Caterhams and Marussias. That's not good enough.
It's also not done Bottas any favours, though he continues to impress those paying attention with his performances alongside his much more experienced teammate.
Bottas has something special about him, but the longer he stays with a midfield-to-tailend team the longer F1 has to forget about him.
Bottom line: Far too talented to be mired in uncompetitive Williams machinery.