Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Jerez, 2012

Silverstone test ends with Bottas still on top

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The second and final day of the Young Drivers Test at Silverstone ended with Valtteri Bottas quickest for the second day running.

The Williams driver lapped the 3.05km (1.9-mile) Silverstone International circuit in a quickest time of 48.963 seconds.

“It was another successful day today for the team, with a trouble-free performance and no problems with the car,” said Bottas.

“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. We were lucky with the weather today considering the forecast, as we were able to do most of the runs in the dry, despite a bit of dampness early on.”

With HRT confining their running to the first day, Marussia duo Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto were the only other cars running.

Team principal John Booth said: “Their running has also helped us to answer some of the set-up questions which were carried over from the British Grand Prix weekend, so it has been a very valuable experience all round.

“I have been particularly pleased with the way Max and Rio approached this opportunity and coped well with the environment of the car and the team. They earned this chance and they have made the very best of it.

“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.”

Pos No. Driver Car Time Laps
1 39 Valtteri Bottas Williams FW34 48.963 170
2 42 Max Chilton Marussia MR01 49.932 52
3 62 Rio Haryanto Marussia MR01 50.405 79

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