The first Formula 1 car to take to the track after the Coronavirus pandemic that froze the entire planet was the Mercedes by Valtteri Bottas. The Finnish driver, for the first time on a single-seater from the winter tests, got into the cockpit of the 2018 car and completed a day of testing on the track of Silverstone. All members of the world champion team have respected the new health protocols, wearing both protective masks and helmets in the performance of their duties. Team principal Toto Wolff was also present.
“I think it was one very useful day“, Valtteri Bottas said in the video released on the social accounts of the Silver Arrows, adding:”Obviously everyone has been away from the races and the atmosphere of the pits for a long time and there are new regulations to be respected, having to be rather cautious on the health side. Exercising has been positive and I think we learned a lot during the day in doing things more efficiently and making sure everyone is safe when we start running again“.
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The goal is therefore already aimed at the weekend of July 5, for the debut at the Red Bull Ring: “Of course, I really liked going back to the car and I can’t wait to go back to racing in Austria“, Said the 30 year old from Nastola. The six-time world champion will also be on track tomorrow Lewis Hamilton, for the second and final day of testing scheduled by Mercedes at Silverstone.