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It was a long time coming, but all the sweeter for the wait. Valtteri Bottas scored his maiden World Championship points for Williams when he finished eighth in Austin, a result that saw him finish the season one place above experienced teammate Pastor Maldonado in 17th overall.
It was as much the manner as the fact of his success that told Williams what they needed to know: the young Finn fought with names like Alonso and Rosberg to make his mark at last in a debut season that made many people sit up and take notice.