Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Ricciardo sets fastest lap of Abu Dhabi in test

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010
Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Daniel Ricciardo did the fastest ever lap of the Yas Marina circuit during the second young drivers’ test day.

He beat Sebastian Vettel’s pole position time by more than a second in the latter stages of the final test day.

Renault’s Jerome d’Ambrosio and Mercedes’ Sam Bird also got under Vettel’s pole time of 1’39.394.

All three were testing for a second day, as were Jules Bianchi (Ferrari, Paul di Resta (Force India), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) and Rodolfo Gonzalez (Lotus).

Sauber’s new 2011 driver Sergio Perez was at the wheel of the C29, setting the sixth fastest time.

The end of the session was disrupted by a series of red flags caused by Yelmer Buurman, Pastor Maldonado and Davide Valsecchi.

Jean-Eric Vergne’s session ended early following an engine problem in his Toro Rosso. The French driver said:

Today, we did some set-up work, so that I could begin to experience the basic mechanism of how set-up changes affect the car. There is a lot to think about, with so much information to take on board, much more than I am used to and another aspect that felt strange at first was driving with the power steering.

It?s been a very hectic but enjoyable time and now I head to Macau where I start free practice tomorrow morning.
Jean-Eric Vergne

This session marked the final time Bridgestone tyres will be used in Formula 1. On Friday the teams will conduct the first test on Pirelli tyres, which will be used in 2011.

Driver Car Best time Difference
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault RB6 1’38.102 0
Jerome d’Ambrosio Renault R30 1’38.802 0.700
Sam Bird Mercedes W01 1’39.220 1.118
Gary Paffett McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 1’39.760 1.658
Jules Bianchi Ferrari F10 1’39.916 1.814
Sergio Perez BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 1’40.543 2.441
Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM03 1’40.901 2.799
Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth FW32 1’40.944 2.842
Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 1’40.974 2.872
Yelmer Burrman Force India-Mercedes VJM03 1’41.178 3.076
Davide Valsecchi HRT-Cosworth F110 1’43.013 4.911
Luiz Razia Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 1’43.525 5.423
Josef Kral HRT-Cosworth F110 1’44.143 6.041
Rodolfo Gonzalez Lotus-Cosworth T127 1’44.312 6.21
Vladimiar Arabadzhiev Lotus-Cosworth T127 1’45.723 7.621

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