The Williams F1 Team today confirmed that it will run Valtteri Bottas during the Young Driver Test at Silverstone, starting today and running for the next two days.
The reigning GP3 champion, Bottas has been the team’s reserve driver for the entire 2012 campaign, taking part in six of the Friday practice sessions. A two-time top-five finisher at the prestigious Macau GP, Bottas has also participated in a number of the team’s straightline aero tests this year.
“I’m really looking forward to the test this week. In total I’ve 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,” Bottas said. “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. I’m looking forward to being able to do some longer runs in the Williams Renault FW34, as well as strengthening my relationship with the engineers. I know the Grand Prix Circuit quite well, but the International Circuit will be a new challenge.”
The two-day session will be split between today’s action on the Grand Prix circuit and tomorrow’s test on the International layout.
“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,” said Williams Chief Operation 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.”