x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Bottas gets 'everything done' at Young Drivers Test

Valtteri Bottas hopes he has impressed the Willams team during the Young Drivers Test, but it is Red Bull's Jean-Eric Vergne who again leads the time charts on the final day.


Valtteri Bottas is hopeful that an impressive showing during the Young Drivers Test in Abu Dhabi will help his chances of landing a race seat with the Williams team for 2012.

The Finnish driver tested for the British team on the first two days of the three-day session at Yas Marina Circuit, and he hopes he has made enough of an impression to be on the grid next season.

He told Autosport: "I had a very good two days in Abu Dhabi. The team seemed to be quite happy and I was happy - and we got through all the tests that were planned.

"We got everything done, so that is very good for next year."

As to whether he thinks he has a chance of taking a drive with the team, with current driver Rubens Barrichello, Force India's Adrian Sutil and Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, also linked the team, he said: "I hope so! I hope I have proved myself."

Mirko Bortolotti took over from Bottas for Williams on Thursday, the final day of the test, and the Italian was seventh quickest of the 14 drivers who took to the track.

As with the previous two days, it was Jean-Eric Vergne, driving for Red Bull Racing, who was the fastest man around the 5.5km track.

The Frenchman's best time of one minute, 38.917 seconds, was almost two seconds quicker than anyone else, and was just four-tenths off Sebastian Vettel's pole position time from qualifying for the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.