Da Costa quickest as Young Drivers’ Test continues

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012Antonio Felix da Costa led the second day of the Young Drivers’ Test in Abu Dhabi.

Da Costa completed his last of two days with Red Bull with a fastest time that was fractionally slower than Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren yesterday, lapping the Yas Marina Circuit in 1’42.679.

“It?s been another good day,” said da Costa. “Again, we did a lot of mileage, which is good for me and for the team. On a day like this, when the conditions are perfect for testing, and with two grands prix to go, I think the team needs to make the most of it and today I think we did that.”

Second-fastest was Oliver Turvey, who shared driving duties at McLaren with regular tester Gary Paffett.

Edoardo Mortara was third for Lotus ahead of Esteban Gutierrez, who logged 94 laps in a busy day of testing for Sauber.

Giedo van der Garde completed his two-day test for Caterham: “Towards the end of the session we put soft tyres on and I had a couple of runs that were closer to the performance runs we do in [third practice],” he said. “The car had more fuel than in quali but I?m pretty happy with where I ended up.”

Van der Garde will next appear for Caterham during first practice in Brazil. Neither he nor Alexander Rossi, who tested for them in Spain, will drive during practice at the Circuit of the Americas. “I’m not doing [first practice] in Austin as the team needs maximum time on track for the race drivers,” said van der Garde.

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps Gap
1 Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull 1’42.679 62
2 Oliver Turvey McLaren 1’43.176 62 0.497
3 Edoardo Mortara Lotus 1’43.418 75 0.739
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1’43.485 94 0.806
5 Gary Paffett McLaren 1’43.771 41 1.092
6 Johnny Cecotto Jnr Toro Rosso 1’44.569 76 1.890
7 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1’45.106 72 2.427

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