Jean-Eric Vergne, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Vergne stays quickest on second day of test

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jean-Eric Vergne, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Jean-Eric Vergne, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Jean-Eric Vergne stayed on top in the second day of testing at Abu Dhabi by a small margin over Jules Bianchi.

Vergne’s best lap in the Red Bull was less than a tenth of a second faster than Bianchi’s in the Ferrari.

A KERS problem on the RB7 limited Vergne’s running in the afternoon. He was delayed by a sensor problem earlier on in the test.

Bianchi racked up 91 laps testing new engine management component on the Ferrari and evaluating Pirelli’s 2011 development tyres.

Esteban Gutierrez made his fourth appearance in a Sauber F1 car following earlier drives for the team at the test in 2009 and 2010. He lost around 20 minutes of running due to an hydraulic problem.

HRT split their running between Jan Charouz and Nathanael Berthon, the latter making a brief appearance in the car ahead of his day’s running tomorrow.

An engine problem delayed Charouz but he was impressed by the team’s rapid work to change the Cosworth power unit, saying “I?ve never seen anybody change an engine so quickly.”

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
Jean-Eric Vergne Red Bull 1’40.188 43
Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1’40.279 0.091 91
Gary Paffett McLaren 1’41.756 1.568 71
Valtteri Bottas Williams 1’42.367 2.179 88
Johnny Cecotto Jnr Force India 1’42.873 2.685 84
Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1’43.637 3.449 96
Sam Bird Mercedes 1’43.734 3.546 94
Kevin Korjus Renault 1’43.776 3.588 70
Luiz Razia Lotus 1’43.944 3.756 89
Kevin Ceccon Toro Rosso 1’44.808 4.620 97
Jan Charouz HRT 1’46.644 6.456 56
Charles Pic Virgin 1’46.698 6.510 61
Nathanael Bethon HRT 1’48.646 8.458 9

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