Bottas again leads the way on final day of Young Driver Test
By Berthold Bouman
Williams test and reserve driver Valtteri Bottas again topped the time sheets today at a dry Silverstone circuit. Yesterday the Finn completed 120 laps on the Grand Prix configuration of the track, today he completed 170 laps on the shorter International circuit configuration of Silverstone.
Bottas lapped the circuit in 48.963 seconds, second was Marussia’s Max Chilton who posted a fastest time of 49.932s, third was second Marussia driver 19-year old Rio Haryanto with a time of 50.405s.
Bottas said about his second day of testing, “It was another successful day today for the team, with a trouble-free performance and no problems with the car. It was useful to get some longer runs in again today and it was good for me to get a better understanding of the tyres, and how the team works.”
After technical problems hampered Marussia’s testing yesterday, both Chilton and Haryanto today concentrated on gaining enough mileage to obtain a FIA Super License, necessary to drive a Formula One car during an official Formula One event.
With this license both drivers are allowed to take part in the usual Friday and Saturday free practice sessions. Haryanto completed 79 laps during the morning, while Chilton completed 52 laps in the afternoon.
Chilton was positive about his two days of testing, “I’m heading home feeling very happy with how the two days have gone for me. We’ve been particularly lucky as, given the weather in England at the moment, I managed to get two half days of dry running. It has been a fantastic experience and I can’t thank the team enough for the experience and support.”
Haryanto was pleased with the progress he made in the Marussia MR01, “The programme was not easy, and there were a lot of new and different things to learn. The team pushed me hard, but this is what I need to be able to show my potential. We also got a lot of work done for the team to prepare for the next Grand Prix.”
Team Principal John Booth commented, “I have thoroughly enjoyed spending the past two days here at Silverstone keeping a close eye on our two young drivers and I have been very impressed with what I have seen of Max and Rio.”
He was also pleased about the performance of the Marussia team, “From a team perspective we have also been able to mix things up a little in terms of the different roles, swapping a few of the engineers and mechanics around to give them a chance to shine and advance themselves. Everyone has pulled together to make this test a real success, so well done to all on what has been another important chapter in our Young Driver Programme.”
HRT didn’t participate in the second day of the Young Driver Test and instead went home to their factory in Madrid, preparing for the German Grand Prix on July 22, which this year will take place at the Hockenheimring.