Bottas the 'star of the season' says Mallya


Williams F1 Team, LAT
12 August 2014 by TF1T Staff | M
          

Vijay Mallya has crowned Valtteri Bottas the "star of the season" so far, insisting the young Finn has "shocked everyone" by outpacing team-mate Felipe Massa.

Bottas is only in his second season and lies fifth in the championship after securing three podiums in the last four races, putting him a distant 55 points ahead of Massa.

He is showing "killer instinct and maturity" according to Force India boss Mallya.

"There can be no two opinions that Bottas has been the star of the season so far," he told Autosport.

"Here you have the great Massa, and here you have a guy who's come out of GP3, and the first thing that comes to your mind is that he's going to be half a second behind.

"Not only does he have the killer instinct but also the maturity not to get flustered."

Mallya also gave mention to Daniel Ricciardo who he described as "very impressive".

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