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Bottas excited by Young Driver Test chance

ESPN Staff
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Valtteri Bottas has taken part in four test days for Williams before © Sutton Images
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Valtteri Bottas says that he is "really looking forward" to his two days driving for Williams in the Young Driver Test.

Although a regular for Williams in Friday practice sessions on race weekends, Bottas has only had four days of substantial test running in Formula One so far. He said that he wants to carry out some longer runs and a race simulation in the car after his running at Silverstone last weekend was limited to seven laps in the wet.

"I'm really looking forward to the test this week," Bottas said. "In total I've only had four full test days in a Formula One car alongside the FP1 sessions this season, so I really want to get some good mileage in. We have some interesting things to test this week as well as a longer race simulation planned, which, provided the weather stays good, will be a great experience for me.

"I'm looking forward to being able to do some longer runs in the Williams Renault FW34, as well as strengthening my relationship with the engineers. It was wet on Friday at Silverstone so I hope it will stay dry this week as the track is really good fun to drive. I know the Grand Prix Circuit quite well, but the International Circuit will be a new challenge."

Chief operations engineer Mark Gillan said that the team is keen to test Bottas but has one eye on the weather.

"His feedback has been excellent throughout the Friday sessions and it will be interesting to see how well he copes with a combination of shorter and longer runs during the event," he said. "Unfortunately, as per the race weekend, the weather may still play a big part in shaping the test programme."