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Bachetta completes Williams test

ESPN Staff
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Luciano Bachetta got his first run in an F1 car at Silverstone © Williams
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Formula 2 champion Luciano Bachetta completed a day of testing with the Williams team on Thursday as a prize for winning the title earlier this year.

Bachetta drove last year's Williams FW33 at Silverstone, following in the footsteps of other F2 champions in recent years. The test will enable him to qualify for an FIA Super License that is needed to compete in Formula One.

"Today's gone very well for me," Bachetta said. "I've had a good mix of wet and dry running which has been a perfect way to learn how the car works and adapts. Just to be around a team like Williams is a special experience and I've gained so much from the day.

"I'm still taking it all in and I am sure that it won't be until I go away and reflect that I'll realise quite how brilliant it was. The car is just a pleasure to drive, better than anything I've driven before, so I'd love to have some more experience of Formula One in the future."

Team principal Sir Frank Williams added: "I'd like to pass on my congratulations to Luciano for winning the F2 title, a feat made all the more impressive by the way he achieved it with an unprecedented four consecutive wins at the start of the season. No doubt he learnt a lot from today's experience and it will stand him in good stead for his future career which looks very promising indeed."