Bottas with ART at Abu Dhabi

Williams test driver Valtteri Bottas will be testing with ART at the Abu Dhabi test this November, soon after ending his F1 rookie test with the Grove-based team.

Bottas drove with ART this season in a lukewarm F3 Euroseries season, where he was expected to excel but found it difficult to follow in the heavy footsteps of Nico Hulkenberg and Jules Bianchi.

We have yet to see if other ART drivers (both F3 and GP3) will be joining the team for this year’s very short Asia season.  Among these we could include Esteban Gutiérrez, Alexander Sims, Alexander Rossi and Jim Pla, though this year’s Asia seats will be more contested than ever.  The reason?  Since it will mark the debut of the new GP2 2011 chassis, many drivers will want to get the most mileage under their belts before the European season gets underway in 2011.

Bottas is managed by Williams shareholder Toto Wolff’s management company, and will probably be kept on at Williams for another year as the “test driver”, though we all know how little weight this role carries in today’s severely limited F1-testing world.

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