Bottas to drive for Williams at Barcelona test

By on Thursday, February 16, 2012
Valtteri Bottas

Bottas will get more track time this year

Williams have confirmed that their young Finnish reserve driver, Valtteri Bottas, will get a whole day behind the wheel of the Williams FW34 at the first Barcelona test next week. He will drive the Williams on the Wednesday, sharing his drive with team-mates and 2012 drivers’ Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado.

Valtteri Bottas is the reigning GP3 Series Champion, after winning four races during the course of the last season racing for Lotus ART team. The Finn is entering his second season as the Williams F1 reserve and test driver, and was at one stage a potential candidate for the vacant Williams drive before Bruno Senna was signed.

Bruno Senna will open the test for Williams on the Tuesday before handing over to Bottas for the Wednesday, before Pastor Maldonado is handed the car for the last two days of the test.

Williams have also released their schedule for the second Barcelona test which gets underway in March, with Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado sharing driving duties on the second and third days of the test. Maldonado will open the final test session for Williams whereas Senna will bring proceedings to an end.

The teams will then pack-up and head to Melbourne for the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Tuesday 21 February: Bruno Senna
Wednesday 22 February: Valtteri Bottas
Thursday 23 February: Pastor Maldonado
Friday 24 February: Pastor Maldonado

Thursday 1 March: Pastor Maldonado
Friday 2 March: Bruno Senna / Pastor Maldonado
Saturday 3 March: Pastor Maldonado / Bruno Senna
Sunday 4 March: Bruno Senna

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