Williams Abu Dhabi young driver test Tuesday report

Williams press release

Valtteri Bottas:


I really enjoyed my first time driving the car on a proper track today. It didn't take too long to get used to the car but there were still a few new things for me. There is much more downforce and power than the cars I am used to driving, but I really liked it and I think the day went well.

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

Photo by: Stella-Maria Thomas

It is physically very demanding, but I've been doing a lot of training for this and although it is hard in these hot conditions, I could still focus 100% on the driving side. I was able to help the team make some progress with some interesting tests for next year. I'm definitely looking forward to getting back in the car tomorrow as I have more to learn and I know I can do better.

Tom McCullough, Race Engineer:


Valtteri had his first day properly driving the car after previously doing straightline testing with the team. He got straight into it and did a really good job, enabling us to get through quite a long test programme and get all the data we needed.

It is physically very demanding, but I've been doing a lot of training for this

Valtteri Bottas

It was a really good job from his side with the consistency and good technical feedback. We lost a bit of time over lunch with a gearbox issue which the team are currently investigating, but overall it was a very productive day evaluating parts for next year’s car.

AT&T Williams will be back on track tomorrow, Wednesday 16 November, with Valtteri Bottas continuing to drive the FW33 for the second day of the test.

Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / engine: FW33-03 / CA325
Location: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Objectives: Aero tests & development parts for 2012
Weather: Clear and sunny
Ambient & track temps: 26°C - 31°C / 30°C - 42°C

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Valtteri Bottas
Teams Williams
Tags abu dhabi, bottas, mccullough, williams, yas marina