Benetton wrote:It depends if Williams can find any sponsors. If they find some they can easily replace Bruno with Bottas from a financial perspective. Bottas should be given a seat alongside Maldonado in 2013 since he is way more of an prospect than Senna is.
They might have a better chance of picking up more sponsors thanks to Maldonado's victory earlier this season, given that would have raised the profile of the team from its recent torpid state. Then again, Maldonado's recent run ins with other drivers might, though the negative headlines he has generated, act as a slight deterrent too, so it cuts both ways.
I do think that Williams are flirting with the idea of getting Bottas to replace a driver - Bottas has been given a lot of seat time this year (six practise sessions so far, not to mention doing 290 laps of the Silverstone circuit in the Young Driver test), which is something that you would only do if you were expecting to call him into action fairly soon. The biggest irony is the fact that Bottas's practise sessions are coming entirely at Bruno's expense - you have to wonder whether Williams are making the problem worse by regularly cutting Bruno's practise time short, which means that he is often having to play catch up with his set up work.