Williams test driver Valtteri Bottas was quickest in the first of two days’ testing at Silverstone involving three teams.
Following disagreement between the teams over where and when the Young Drivers’ Test should take place, Williams, HRT and Marussia arranged their testing to take place today and tomorrow.
Following a rainy British Grand Prix weekend Silverstone remained dry for much of today’s running, with some rain falling in the final hour.
Bottas was easily quicker of the four drivers present. At HRT Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua had his first run in the F112.
“It was a fantastic feeling to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time,” he said afterwards. “It’s not easy to put into words what I felt.”
“Yesterday I found it hard to sleep and I tried to calm down by thinking that it was just another test. I think we did a good job and everything went according to plan, with good weather too.
“By being here during the Grand Prix, I learned a lot from my team mates and also to work as a team, as it is very important to give the right information to the engineers in order to optimise the performance of the car.”
He wept on his return to the garage after becoming the first Chinese-born driver to have an F1 test. Chinese driver Ho-Pin Tung, who tested for Williams in 2003, was born in the Netherlands.
Marussia ran GP2 duo Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto. Chilton ran in the morning and came to a stop with an engine problem, bringing out the day’s only red flag. Haryanto took over but only logged 19 laps before a leak on his car ended his day.
Today’s test took place on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Tomorrow’s running will take place on the shorter International circuit.
|Ma Qing Hua
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