Carlos Sainz Jnr, Red Bull, Silverstone, Young Drivers' Test, 2013

Vettel ahead as Young Drivers’ Test ends

2013 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Red Bull, Silverstone, Young Drivers' Test, 2013Sebastian 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.”

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
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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