F1 »

Bottas to join HRT in Abu Dhabi

Williams test driver Valtteri Bottas has been linked to Hispania Racing for the Abu Dhabi test following last week's technical deal between teams.
With 2011 hopeful Pastor Maldonado and F2 champion Dean Stoneman already inked in for the Williams seats at this month's 'young drivers' test in Abu Dhabi, the Grove team's regular development driver has been linked to a possible role elsewhere.

Already confirmed in his role for a second season, Valtteri Bottas has emerged as a contender to join Hispania Racing in Abu Dhabi after the paddock grapevine linked the two ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Bottas finished only third in this year's F3 Euroseries, despite driving for the crack ART Grand Prix team, but claimed a second successive Masters title at Zandvoort - becoming the first driver to repeat as event winner - before finally opening his victory account in the season-long competition. However, with HRT having signed a technical partnership deal to use Williams-developed transmission systems, the Finn has been touted as a candidate to join the struggling Spanish outfit

HRT team principal Colin Kolles would only admit that the squad was 'now making decisions who will test our car in Abu Dhabi,', while Williams co-owner Patrick Head told Reuters that he was not aware of any link between the technical partnership and the use of Bottas' services.

"I think Valtteri is a very talented driver, but maybe there is also some other driver who will be driving our car," he said.

HRT has used four drivers this season, with Bruno Senna being joined by Karun Chandhok, Sakon Yamamoto and Christian Klien as the team struggled for sponsorship, but the arrival of former Telefonica president Juan Villalonga has added confidence that it may be a more competitive proposition in 2011.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Friday Practice 1, Nico Hulkenberg (GER), Williams, FW32
Friday Practice 1, Bruno Senna (BRA), Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT), F110
Valtteri Bottas (FIN) ART Grand Prix Dallara Mercedes
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 leads Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.