Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Abu Dhabi Young Drivers Test: Day One

Here is my report on the first day of the Abu Dhabi Young Drivers Test.

From 15th to 17th November, young drivers will be testing cars for the Formula One teams in the annual Young Drivers Test at Abu Dhabi. Some teams have their test drivers, others have reserve drivers, while some have drivers from other series. Here's how day one went:
Robert Wickens, third fastest for Renault today.
Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne topped the first day at Yas Island for Red Bull, driving 83 laps on his way to a best time of 1.40.011. He was slightly faster than Jules Bianchi, who drove the Ferrari F60 last month, the Frenchman 9 tenths of a second down for Ferrari. McLaren ran Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey, who were fifth and eighth.

Ferrari tested an unusual looking part attached to the car, which measured the air flow at high speeds. Robert Wickens, who drove in FP1 for Virgin this weekend, drove for Renault today and ended third fastest.

Full times:
Jean-Eric VergneRed Bull1.40.011
Jules BianchiFerrari1.40.960
Robert WickensRenault1.42.217
Fabio LeimerSauber1.42.331
Gary PaffettMcLaren1.42.912
Max ChiltonForce India1.43.016
Valtteri BottasWilliams1.43.118
Oliver TurveyMcLaren1.43.502
Sam BirdMercedes1.43.548
Rodolfo GonzalezLotus1.44.022
Stefano ColettiToro Rosso1.45.278
Dani ClosHispania1.45.329
Charles PicVirgin1.46.930
Adrian Quaife-HobbsVirgin1.47.292

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