Mirko Bortolotti will get to test with the Williams F1 team later this year, his prize for successfully winning the 2011 FIA F2 Championship last weekend at Monza in Italy.
The 21-year-old clinched his crown in style on Sunday too with a dominant lights-to-flag victory, his fifth of the season so far, in front of his home fans. In addition to the full test in Abu Dhabi in November, he will also qualify for an FIA Superlicence, required to compete in F1.
“I don't have words to explain how I feel right now, I think I have to realise it. I'm just so happy,” said the Italian. “It's just amazing for me. I cannot say anything else, all I can say is that we did a very good job, the car was perfect and I have to send my congratulations to the whole F2 team because obviously they are doing a great job.
“I don't know what's going to happen for 2012, we will have see. First of all though I have to think about my Williams F1 test, and we've got another F2 race in Barcelona too.
“I managed to win this prize so I will try to prepare myself as best as I can. I had the luck in the past to get some F1 tests so maybe that could help me but of course everything changed this year so it will be interesting to learn all the new parts that the F1 car has and try to give the best I can and enjoy the day.”
Williams boss, Sir Frank Williams meanwhile believes Bortolotti is another 'worthy' winner of the F2 Championship.
“We have obviously followed his progress this season,” Williams continued, “and witnessed some impressive performances, including points-scoring finishes in every round and five race wins. We are sure Mirko will learn a lot from the test day he now has with us in Abu Dhabi later this year and we look forward to seeing what he can do in a F1 car."
“Mirko has done an absolutely superb job this season and is a very worthy 2011 F2 champion,” added F2 boss Jonathan Palmer. “From the opening round at Silverstone, he has shown outstanding talent and pace in a very competitive field and has really dominated since then, sealing the championship with one round still remaining.
“I am very confident he is going to make a big impression when he claims his Williams F1 test drive in Abu Dhabi, and that F2's high standard of competition has given him the best possible preparation for the next step in his career,” Palmer summed-up.