2013 F1 testing
Sebastian Vettel was quickest at the final day of the Young Drivers’ Test as he evaluated Pirelli’s new tyres.
The championship points leader set the fastest time of the three-day test, just under a tenth of a second insider Daniel Ricciardo’s time for Toro Rosso yesterday.
A busy day at Silverstone saw sixteen different drivers sharing the ten cars that were running. McLaren, Lotus, Sauber and Williams were the only teams running one driver during the test.
Vettel shared his Red Bull berth with Carlos Sainz Jnr (pictured) who set the fourth fastest time behind Lotus’s Nicolas Prost. Davide Rigon and Felipe Massa were next, the pair sharing a Ferrari.
Susie Wolff had a busy afternoon for Williams, the team performing 28 practice pit stops following the problems experienced by the team following the German Grand Prix.
Marussia and Caterham both took the opportunity to use a pair of race drivers to work with the new tyres. “I was quite pleased with how consistent the sets we used today have been,” said Charles Pic, “the deg levels are certainly lower than the tyres we’ve used so far this year and that should help us.”
Russian driver Daniil Kvyat had his first run in an F1 car with Toro Rosso and went off at one point. “I’m not sure what happened,” he said, “I just felt a lack of grip at the rear from the tyres and had snap oversteer.”
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault RB9||1’32.894||79|
|2||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’33.242||99||0.348|
|3||Nicolas Prost||Lotus-Renault E21||1’33.256||83||0.362|
|4||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Red Bull-Renault RB9||1’33.546||35||0.652|
|5||Davide Rigon||Ferrari F138||1’33.592||20||0.698|
|6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F138||1’33.624||69||0.730|
|7||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8||1’33.647||42||0.753|
|8||Gary Paffett||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28||1’34.924||77||2.030|
|9||Susie Wolff||Williams-Renault FW35||1’35.093||89||2.199|
|10||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault CT03||1’35.155||65||2.261|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8||1’35.281||22||2.387|
|12||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault CT03||1’35.576||60||2.682|
|13||Kimiya Sato||Sauber-Ferrari C32||1’35.642||67||2.748|
|14||Rodolfo Gonzalez||Marussia-Cosworth MR02||1’36.339||24||3.445|
|15||James Calado||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’36.451||5||3.557|
|16||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth MR02||1’36.744||39||3.850|
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