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Bortolotti secures F1 test with Williams 03 Oct 2011

2011 F2 champion Mirko Bortolotti 2011 F2 champion Mirko Bortolotti 2011 F2 champion Mirko Bortolotti

Italian driver Mirko Bortolotti clinched the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship with a dominant victory at the Monza circuit in Italy on Sunday, thus earning himself a full test with the Williams F1 team at Abu Dhabi in November. Bortolotti will also qualify for an FIA Superlicence.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen for 2012, we will have see,” said the 21-year-old, who has previous Formula One testing experience with Ferrari and Toro Rosso. “First of all I have to think about my Williams F1 test, and we’ve got another F2 race in Barcelona too. I managed to win this prize so I will try to prepare myself as best as I can.

“I had the luck in the past to get some Formula One tests so maybe that could help me but of course everything changed this year so it will be interesting to learn all the new parts that the Formula One car has and try to give the best I can and enjoy the day.”

Williams boss Sir Frank Williams added: “Mirko Bortolotti is another worthy winner of the F2 championship. We have obviously followed his progress this season and witnessed some impressive performances, including points-scoring finishes in every round and five race wins. We are sure Mirko will learn a lot from the test day he now has with us in Abu Dhabi later this year and we look forward to seeing what he can do in a Formula One car."

The young driver test in Abu Dhabi takes place at Yas Marina on November 15-17 in the week following the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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