Two newly-crowned champions will be on hand to test for the Williams team at next week’s ‘Young Driver’ test session at Abu Dhabi, with GP3 title-winner Valtteri Bottas getting a run in the FW33 alongside newly-crowned Formula 2 champion Mirko Bortolotti.
Bottas, who already serves as the Williams team’s reserve driver, will get two days’ running in the car, while Bortolotti will run on the final day as part of winning the Formula 2 crown – Williams is the chassis designer for that championship.
The outing will be Bottas’ first non-straightline test for the team, and the 22-year-old Finn is understandably thrilled at the opportunity.
“I’m very much looking forward to these two days in Abu Dhabi,” he said. “It’s something I have waited a long time for and is a dream come true. I have done everything I can to prepare myself for the test physically and I have done a lot of preparation work with the team in the simulator, so I feel I’m 100 percent ready.
“It will be great to have a go on a proper circuit now! I’m really thankful to the team for giving me this opportunity and I aim to do my best to help them gather as much data as possible.”
Italy’s Bortolotti, 21, is also looking forward to his chance, having previously tested for Toro Rosso and Ferrari.
“I’m obviously really pleased that I have been given the opportunity to test in Abu Dhabi with Williams,” he said. “I will try to learn the car as quickly as possible and do the best I can for the team. I hope to learn lots of information from the engineers during the time I have and just enjoy it. For sure it’s going to be a big day for me and I’m looking forward to it.”
The three-day ‘Young Drivers’ test takes place between 15-17 November.
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