Bottas to run at Silverstone test for Williams 11 Jul 2012
Williams have announced reserve driver Valtteri Bottas will test for the team at this weeks young driver session, which gets underway at Silverstone on Thursday. Bottas has already enjoyed a fair amount of time behind the wheel of the FW34, participating in six Friday practice sessions.
We are really looking forward to this two day young driver test, with the Thursday test being held on the Grand Prix Circuit and the Friday on the International Circuit, which is effectively the bottom half of the Grand Prix track layout, explained Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan.
We are extremely fortunate to have a young test driver with the talent, professionalism and promise of Valtteri and basically we will use these two days to put him through his paces. His feedback has been excellent throughout the Friday sessions and it will be interesting to see how well he copes with a combination of shorter and longer runs during the event. Unfortunately, as per the race weekend, the weather may still play a big part in shaping the test programme.
Reigning GP3 champion Bottas added: Im really looking forward to the test this week. In total Ive only had four full test days in a Formula One car alongside the FP1 sessions this season, so I really want to get some good mileage in. We have some interesting things to test this week as well as a longer race simulation planned, which, provided the weather stays good, will be a great experience for me.
Im looking forward to being able to do some longer runs in the Williams Renault FW34, as well as strengthening my relationship with the engineers. It was wet on Friday at Silverstone so I hope it will stay dry this week as the track is really good fun to drive. I know the Grand Prix Circuit quite well, but the International Circuit will be a new challenge."
With everyone else opting to evaluate their young drivers later in the year, only two other teams - Marussia and HRT - will join Williams at Silverstone. Marussia will field Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto, whilst Ma Qing Hua will be in action for HRT.
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