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GP Week : Issue 162
Given his consistently impressive performances in Friday morning practice sessions this season it should come as no surprise that Valtteri Bottas dominated the Young Driver Test as Silverstone this week. The Williams reserve driver ended the first day of testing with a best time of 1m31.436s, a time the Finnish driver set in the morning before going on to complete a number of race simulations. By the end of Thursday, Bottas had logged an impressive 120 laps of Silverstone. On Friday, when the teams moved to the International Circuit, it was more of the same: the FW34 is the fastest of the three machines at the test, and Bottas the most confident and experienced of the men behind the wheel. After a long day’s running that saw the Finn complete 170 laps, he was ahead on the timesheets by a comfortable 1s margin with a 48.963s best lap. At the bottom of the timesheets was HRT – on Thursday Ma Qing Hua set a best time of 1m37.829s after 82 laps behind the wheel of the F112. HRT elected to complete only a single day’s running at the British circuit. According to the Spanish racers, they had been able to complete their planned test programme in a single day, and so decided to move straight to Hockenheim and set up for the German Grand Prix. Also taking part in this mid-summer test was Marussia, who split the driving duties between Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto, both of whom race for the Marussia Carlin GP2 team. Chilton was the faster of the two on Thursday; the British driver had a best time of 1m36.558s after 34 laps, while the Indonesian logged 1m37.404s after 19 laps. Haryanto was running in the afternoon session, which was disrupted by rain. On Friday, Haryanto took the morning session for Marussia, completing 79 laps with a best time of 50.405s. In the afternoon, Chilton took over. The Briton managed a best time of 49.932s after 52 laps. Young Driver Test NO SURPRISE: BOTTAS ON TOP F1 >>> NEWS 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: