Ricciardo fastest in first young drivers test

2011 F1 testing

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest driver on the first day of the young drivers test sessions at Abu Dhabi.

The Australian set a time of 1’39.616 in the world championship-winning Red Bull RB6 around the Yas Marina circut.

That put him over a second faster than Oliver Turvey, driving for McLaren.

Portuguese teenager Antonio Felix da Costa was third quickest for Force India, ahead of Sauber’s new test driver Esteban Gutierrez.

Dean Stoneman was fifth for Williams having run with a large aerodynamic testing device on his car early in the session.

Force India and Virgin both ran two drivers during the day, with Paul di Resta and Rio Haryanto driving the car in the morning. The Indonesian driver’s running was cut short by a technical problem on the VR-01.

Fastest times

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap On lap Laps
1 33 Daniel Ricciardo 1’39.616 68 83
2 31 Oliver Turvey 1’40.725 1.109 84 85
3 57 Antonio Felix da Costa 1’41.381 1.765 76 77
4 41 Esteban Gutierrez 1’41.432 1.816 84 88
5 35 Dean Stoneman 1’41.522 1.906 68 70
6 36 Mikhail Aleshin 1’42.073 2.457 55 58
7 38 Jean Eric Vergne 1’42.489 2.873 60 93
8 37 Paul di Resta 1’42.736 3.120 27 28
9 32 Sam Bird 1’42.985 3.369 60 67
10 62 Jerome d’Ambrosio 1’43.518 3.902 34 36
11 40 Pastor Maldonado 1’43.750 4.134 107 108
12 34 Jules Bianchi 1’43.894 4.278 15 59
13 39 Rodolfo Gonzalez 1’44.924 5.308 72 83
14 42 Rio Haryanto 1’49.439 9.823 20 21

Speed trap

Driver Car Fastest Speed (kph)
Oliver Turvey McLaren 317.5
Pastor Maldonado HRT 315.7
Antonio Felix da Costa Force India 315.7
Dean Stoneman Williams 312.9
Sam Bird Mercedes 312
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 312
Rodolfo Gonzalez Lotus 311.1
Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 310.2
Jules Bianchi Ferrari 309.3
Paul di Resta Force India 309.3
Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 309.3
Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin 308.4
Mikhail Aleshin Renault 307.5
Rio Haryanto Virgin 299.8

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59 comments on Ricciardo fastest in first young drivers test

  1. sato113 (@sato113) said on 16th November 2010, 17:13

    di resta is SLOWER than da costa in the same car…
    di resta had had way more practice. how can this be?

  2. the edge said on 16th November 2010, 18:18

    just goes to show how useless vettel is and how good the RB6 is

  3. f1geek said on 16th November 2010, 18:25

    I got a question : do the f1 drivers get the full tanks for the race before qualifying? so they do with quali with full tank ? or They put the fuel after the qualifying?

    • DeadManWoking said on 16th November 2010, 19:20

      Previously those in Q3 had to qualify with the amount of fuel they would start the race with but with no refueling this year they can qualify with as little fuel as possible though they must have enough in the tank at the end for the FIA to take a sample for testing. They fill the tanks just before the race.

  4. Portuguese young driver Antonio Felix da Costa, did a good work, but I in my opinion, Alvaro Parent deserve the opportunity to seat again in a F1 car, but when you have to pay 200000€ to test, talent isn’t enough to drive a F1 car…

  5. Ricciardo has a great future with RBR, pity they will most likely make him a #2 driver.

    • Robert said on 17th November 2010, 0:33

      I agree.. they need to replace Mark Webber with another Australian! And they will only make him #2 in the beginning since he’s new. He’ll have every chance to prove himself.. Hamilton was Number 2 first season to Alonso and look what happened ;)

      I really wanna see more of this guy..

      • Stretch (@stretch) said on 17th November 2010, 5:17

        Well Horner did say the team in the future is going to be built around Vettel (if not currently). Hopefully he replaces Webber when he retires so I don’t have to barrack for another nationality.

  6. Wait, these guys have to pay to test??

  7. does anyone know if they were running with engines from the 2010 season or are they fresh testing engines?

    also were any of the teams running 2011 parts?

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