Valtteri Bottas says he feels ready for Formula 1 if he is given the chance by Williams for next year, following a good showing in the Abu Dhabi test this week.
The Finn is a contender to race alongside Pastor Maldonado in 2012, and team insiders had revealed that he would secure the drive if he did an impressive job during his outings for the squad this week. Although Bottas has only raced at Formula 3 and GP3 level, he does not believe he needs any more preparation time before he can show his talent in F1.
"Yes, I will be ready!" Bottas declared. "I had a very good two days in Abu Dhabi. The team seemed to be quite happy and I was happy and we got through all the tests that were planned. We got everything done, so that is very good for next year."
When asked if he believed he had done a solid enough job to show Williams exactly what he was capable of, he said: "I hope so! I hope I have proved myself."
Bottas believes a decision from Williams – which is also weighing up Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello and Adrian Sutil – should be imminent.
"There is no news yet," he said. "There is no decision made, but it shouldn't be too long I guess."