Bottas stays on top on day two of Silverstone test

© Ubaid Parkar, 13 July 2012
© Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic/Williams

Williams concluded the young driver test at Silverstone with the quickest time yet again with Valtteri Bottas predictably emerging as the fastest driver on Friday.

The Finn clocked a time of 48.963 seconds around the shorter 3.05km International Circuit, which largely forms the first and third sector of full track.

“It was useful to get some longer runs in again and it was good for me to get a better understanding of the tyres, and how the team works,” Bottas said on a trouble-free day.

“We were lucky with the weather considering the forecast, as we were able to do most of the runs in the dry, despite a bit of dampness early on,” he added.

Only two teams participated on the second day of the test with HRT opting not to run as it had completed its scheduled programme throughout on Thursday.

Max Chilton was next in the Marussia, nearly a second off the pace ahead of Rio Haryanto, who made up for Thursday’s loss of track time by ploughing through 79 laps in the morning session.

“The programme was not easy, and there were a lot of new and different things to learn,” Haryanto reported. “The team pushed me hard, but this is what I need to be able to show my potential.”

Marussia team principal John Booth said that the running helped the team answer “some of the set-up questions which were carried over from the British Grand Prix weekend”.

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Williams 48.963s - 170
2 Max Chilton Marussia 49.932s +0.969s 52
3 Rio Haryanto Marussia 50.405s +1.442s 79

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