Bottas scores first points for Williams

Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:12pm EST
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By Steve Keating

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - After a weekend filled with accusations of favoritism and dirty tricks, Williams ended the U.S. Grand Prix on a high note with Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas scoring his first Formula One championship points.

"It is a great day and I'm very happy for the team," Bottas told reporters. "We got finally some points with me as well, four points.

"We really did a very good job today. The strategy, the race start, pit stop, everyone from the team did such a good job. I really feel like we deserved it."

A difficult season for Williams, who had scored just one point all season before Sunday, boiled over on Saturday when Bottas's Venezuelan team mate Pastor Maldonado made thinly-veiled accusations against the team.

Maldonado, who is leaving after next week's finale in Brazil, told Britain's Sky Sports television that he believed he was a victim of sabotage and that somebody was playing with the pressure and temperatures in his car.

The team firmly rejected any such talk.

The Venezuelan's problems continued on Sunday when he became involved in a first lap incident with Force India's Adrian Sutil.

There were no such problems for Bottas, however, as he turned a solid qualifying effort into an eighth place finish and four points for his ecstatic team - becoming only the second rookie to score this year.   Continued...

Williams Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland drives out of the pit lane during the qualifying session of the Austin F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin November 16, 2013. REUTERS/Pool