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Bottas leads first day of Silverstone Young Driver Test // New names behind the wheel for HRT, Marussia and Williams

Published by Christine Blachford

Bottas leads first day of Silverstone Young Driver Test
Credit: Glenn Dunbar/LAT

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The F1 action at Silverstone for 2012 did not stop when the chequered flag dropped for the British Grand Prix this weekend. For two days this week, teams have been given the opportunity to test at the track with their young drivers, an alternative to the post-season Abu Dhabi Young Driver test.

Today, Valtteri Bottas was on track for Williams, and comfortably fastest by over five seconds. He was, however, the most experienced of the four drivers taking part today, with the others testing for Marussia and HRT.

The Marussia team fielded Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto, who shared the allotted time and finished second and third respectively.

In the HRT hot-seat was Ma Qing Hua, who became the first Chinese F1 driver to participate in an official event. Afterwards he didn’t try to hide his excitement, saying: “It was a fantastic feeling to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time; its 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.”