Bottas accepts Williams' Abu Dhabi test axe

Valtteri Bottas has refused to criticise the Williams team for not scheduling a test day for him in November. The 20-year-old Finn has been a frontrunner in the F3 Euroseries in 2010, whilst serving as the famous British team Williams' test and...

Valtteri Bottas has refused to criticise the Williams team for not scheduling a test day for him in November.

The 20-year-old Finn has been a frontrunner in the F3 Euroseries in 2010, whilst serving as the famous British team Williams' test and reserve driver.

He said earlier in 2010 that he has done some aerodynamic straightline testing in the FW32 this year "and after the season (I will do) the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi".

But whilst confirming that Bottas is staying as test driver next year, Williams announced this week that it will be F2 champion Dean Stoneman and Pastor Maldonado at the wheel of the car for November's Abu Dhabi test.

But Bottas is not critical of the team, despite missing out on the test opportunity.

"They need to test someone else," he is quoted by Turun Sanomat newspaper. "It doesn't change anything for me.

"I respect their decisions and I'm working as usual to support the team," added Bottas, who is managed by Mika Hakkinen.

Bottas will still be in Abu Dhabi, having scheduled a test with the GP2 team ART.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Hakkinen , Pastor Maldonado , Valtteri Bottas , Dean Stoneman
Teams Williams