Bot­tas pledge

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Claire Wil­liams has re­vealed that she promised Valt­teri Bot­tas that the team would not stand in his way af­ter pre­vent­ing him from mov­ing to Fer­rari for 2015. Fer­rari showed great in­ter­est in Bot­tas ahead of 2015, but Wil­liams re­fused to budge to al­low him out of his con­tract. When Mercedes came call­ing for this year, the team al­lowed Bot­tas to leave. “Valt­teri has been a very im­por­tant part of Wil­liams,” said Claire Wil­liams. “We stood in his way once, when Fer­rari came along, and I made a prom­ise to him that I wouldn’t stand in his way again – I hon­our my prom­ises. When you have a driver that knows what they want, why force them to race your car? That’s not the right thing to do.”

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