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Williams "promised" Bottas release to top F1 team

Claire Williams has revealed she promised Valtteri Bottas the team would not stand in his way again after it prevented him from switching to Ferrari in 2015. Bottas has switched to world champion Mercedes for 2017 following the shock retirement of Nico Rosberg, with Williams releasing him from his contract. However, when Ferrari showed interest in the Finn in 2015, Williams was less cooperative, and that situation played a part in the outcome this time around. "Valtteri has been an important part of Williams, he's got that fiery passion that you want in a driver because all he wants to do is be in the best car and win," deputy team principal Williams told Motorsport.com....
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