Bottas, Gutierrez yearning for maiden points

© F1 Pulse, 20 August 2013
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Apart from the drivers at Caterham and Marussia, there are two other hopefuls that are yet to score a point this season and are hoping to eradicate that statistic at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

Rookies Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez are the only two drivers from the current grid whose teammates have scored a point but are themselves yet to open their account this year.

“Belgium will be an interesting race with everything we have done to the car during the past GPs. Obviously qualifying in Hungary was not good, because of the time we lost in FP3. But I think we can manage to get into the position we were expecting, which is around P10 in Spa-Francorchamps,” reckoned the Mexican.

His Sauber teammate Nico Hulkenberg has scored seven points this season so far.

Williams, meanwhile, opened its season’s tally at the last race in Hungary with Pastor Maldonado finishing tenth for the solitary point. Bottas is hoping he can replicate that result soon.

“We have shown some improvements in race pace over the past few races and we know we are heading in the right direction,” the Finn said. “We will therefore be looking to have another points scoring result this weekend that will give us good momentum for the second half of the season.”

Bottas Maldonado Gutierrez Hulkenberg
Qualified ahead of teammate 6 4 0 10
Best starting grid 3rd 13th 14th (twice) 9th
Average qualifying position 14.7 15.8 17.2 11.8
Finished ahead of teammate 5 5 3 7
DNFs 1 3 2 2
Finished in the top ten 0 1 0 4
Average finishing position 13.5 13 14.3 10.8
Best race result 11th 10th 11th 8th
Points 0 1 0 7
Standings 17th 16th 18th 15th

*Average finishing position excludes DNFs
*Hulkenberg's DNF includes his DNS in Australia


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