Formula 1

Valtteri Bottas and Williams benefiting from Massa's input

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Heading into his second season in the sport, Valtteri Bottas admits he's enjoying a better working relationship with new team-mate, Felipe Massa.

Last year the Finn was alongside the controversial Pastor Maldonado, whose relationship with the Williams team grew more tumultuous towards the end, with the Venezuelan even accusing the team of sabotage.

After enduring one of their worst season's in years the great British team has had something of an epiphany so far in testing, topping the timings in Bahrain and becoming many people's dark horse for a title challenge.

Much of that has come thanks to a seemingly inspired switch from Renault to Mercedes power for 2014. While Bottas and his Brazilian partner hope to reap the rewards of their upturn in form, Maldonado now finds himself at Lotus, a team that has gone from battling for wins, to struggling to even complete a race distance.

The last man to win a race for the Williams team however insists their good pace is merely a result of having the right engine.

"From an aerodynamic point of view the (Williams) car is very similar to what we had last year. It's the (Mercedes) engine making the difference at the moment," Maldonado told GMM in Melbourne.

The Venezuelan, who is strongly back by his nation's oil giant PDVSA, insists he is still happy with his move from Grove to Enstone, but also pleased to seemingly see him leave was Bottas.

"I believe this season is an opportunity for me to learn from a team guy a little bit more than last year," Bottas said.

"This year the team has a more experienced guy (Massa) and he is quite different (to Maldonado) -- a little more open and more willing to be more of a team player and to provide more information."

And the highly rated Finn believes it's the extra input from a driver like the vastly experienced Massa, that can help the team move forward this year.

"I think if you are sharing information in the team meetings and both trying to contribute to the team's performance and providing the best possible feedback -- it always helps, of course," he concluded.

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