Daniel Ricciardo was the man to beat at Yas Marina once again, setting three rapid laps at the end of the young drivers’ session that no-one could beat.
Below you can review detailed data from the test including all the lap times set by every driver and their straight-line speeds.
The interactive graph above shows all the lap times set by all the drivers in the first young drivers’ test session at Abu Dhabi. It does not include laps in and out of the pits.
As there are a lot of lap times plotted on the graph you may find it easier to view the full-screen version.
On both versions you can click and drag on the chart to zoom in on a particular area. You can then use the slider which appears at the top of the graph to scroll through the times.
And you can use the check boxes at the bottom to show and hide drivers’ lap times.
The chart below showing the drivers’ speeds at the speed trap works in the same way.
Ricciardo did three laps in the 1’38.1-1’38.3 range right at the end of the session, all of which were quicker than anyone else could manage. Afterwards he described the RB6 as being close to perfect.
It was cool to do this test and great to get so close to the big boys times from the weekend! It?óÔé¼Ôäós very rare to get a perfect car, but I have to say this is very close.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós a pleasure to drive it, you brake and you turn and the car does everything as you imagine it would. I think I got most of my nerves out of the way before last year?óÔé¼Ôäós test, so I was more relaxed this time, although you are always a little nervous getting into the car on day one.
We did more long runs today (day two), which went well ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it?óÔé¼Ôäós been a great two days and it would be fantastic to get the chance to drive in Formula One full-time.
Of the ten fastest lap times, four were set by Ricciardo, four by Jerome d’Ambrosio and two by Sam Bird.
The track was faster today than it had been yesterday, Paul di Resta reporting the circuit had “improved massively”.
Di Resta handed the car over to Yelmer Buurman for the afternoon but a technical problem on the VJM03 prevented Buurman from getting a planned low-fuel run in.
Interestingly, Sauber revealed some of the steps they took to ensure as consistent a test as possible with new driver Sergio Perez:
As for Esteban yesterday, we kept the same normal fuel level all day long and refrained from using the F-duct.
The later parts of the session were disrupted by several red flags which is why there are gaps in the clusers of lap times.
|1||33||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||1’38.102||74||77|
|7||37||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1’40.901||2.799||25||27|
|9||38||Jean Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’40.974||2.872||14||61|
|10||77||Yelmer Buurman||Force India-Mercedes||1’41.178||3.076||48||67|
Pictures from the test show Renault running Jerome d’Ambrosio running without the main flap of his rear wing. This was possibly done in preparation for the 2011 regulations which allow movable rear wings.
Hoever he didn’t show particularly strong straight-line speed in the speed trap.
In the graph above you can also see Pastor Maldonado doing a series of constant-speed aerodynamic tests in the Williams.
|Car||Driver||Car||Speed trap (kph)||Gap|
|2||77||Yelmer Buurman||Force India-Mercedes||315.66||-1.86|
|8||37||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||312.91||-4.61|
|10||38||Jean Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||311.1||-6.42|
|11||33||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||311.1||-6.42|
2011 F1 testing
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- Young Drivers Test Day 2 in pictures
- Vergne stays quickest on second day of test
- Italian F3 pair complete Ferrari test
- Jean-Eric Vergne leads first day of young drivers test
- McLaren cover least test distance with new car
- Rosberg: Mercedes are “on the up”
- Second Barcelona test day 5 in pictures
- Hamilton: reliability and pace concerns for McLaren
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