Valtteri Bottas says he is hopeful his contract with Williams is extended beyond this season after coming off a roller coaster weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The young Finn replaced Bruno Senna for 2013 and has made quite an impression on the F1 paddock, however, he officially announced himself with a superb third on the grid in a wet qualifying in Montreal last weekend.

Although the Finn would drop well out of the points on Sunday as the Williams again showed it's lack of pace in the dry, Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams said she was "convinced we have a future world champion on our hands."

Indeed a media conference was called in the Finnish capital Helsinki and many believed with Bottas and team founder and boss Sir Frank Williams in attendance a new contract would be announced for the 23-year-old, however that did not happen.

Asked about Claire Williams' comments, Bottas told broadcaster MTV3:  "Sure, that sounds good! It (staying at Williams) would be great, so let's hope so."

He also added he was unconcerned about the upcoming negotiations with the team over a new contract.

"There's no point thinking about it too much," said Bottas. "The best thing I can do is focus on the racing and do my best.”

After coming off such a noticeable achievement like the third place in qualifying in Montreal, Bottas said he was pleased he could show off his talent.

"I think Canada was good for me in that I was able to show my skills," he said. "It is not so easy to see what you are doing when you are fifteenth.

"Hopefully I have shown that I really deserve my place."

Indeed Sir Frank Williams has said that he is very pleased to have Bottas in the team.

"Valtteri is a wonderful young man," he said according to Turun Sanomat newspaper.

"He is very popular and cooperative within the team, and he absorbs himself in everything he sees and hears.

"He doesn't talk much, but that's because he listens," Williams beamed.


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