Day One: Bottas sets the pace

Date published: July 12 2012

Valtteri Bottas may have been the quickest of the four drivers in action at Silverstone on Thursday but all eyes were on Ma Qing Hua…

Valtteri Bottas may have been the quickest of the four drivers in action at Silverstone on Thursday but all eyes were on Ma Qing Hua.

Ma made his Formula One debut on the first day of the Young Driver test behind the wheel of a HRT F112.

However, it was not only a first for the 24-year-old, it was also a first for China as he became the first driver from his country to drive a Formula 1 car at an official event.

“We’re very happy to have given Ma this opportunity and also very satisfied and proud of how it went. We’ve got a lot of trust in him and he has responded by doing a good job,” said HRT team boss Luis P