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Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test – Da Costa fastest on second day

Antonio Felix da Costa recorded the fastest time on the second day of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi. His time was two hundredths of a second slower than yesterday’s fastest time, set by Kevin Magnussen.

Oliver Turvey finished just under half a second behind him in his McLaren with Edoardo Mortara, who had taken over from Nicolas Prost at Lotus, and Sauber reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez finishing in third and fourth.

Gutierrez, who completed the heaviest workload with 94 laps, will be out on track again tomorrow. “The last sector of the track I find a bit tricky, especially turn 20,” he admitted. “I don’t have the confidence yet to push harder there.”

Gary Paffett, who took out the McLaren in the morning before passing it to Turvey, was fifth fastest ahead of Johnny Cecotto Jr in the Toro Rosso and Giedo van der Garde in the Caterham.

Full report to follow.

Driver Team Time Laps
1. Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull 1m 42.679s 62
2. Oliver Turvey McLaren 1m 43.176s + 0.497 62
3. Edoardo Mortara Lotua 1m 43.418s + 0.739 75
4. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m 43.485s + 0.806 94
5. Gary Paffett McLaren 1m 43.771s + 1.092 41
6. Johnny Cecotto Toro Rosso 1m 44.569s + 1.890 76
7. Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m 46.106s + 2.427 72

Source: ESPN F1

Kevin Magnussen tops first day of Young Driver test

Kevin Magnussen lead the way for McLaren on opening day of Abu Dhabi young driver test.

Kevin Magnussen and McLaren have topped the timesheets on the first of three days for Young Driver testing in Abu Dhabi. The son of former Grand Prix driver Jan led the way from the Red Bull of António Félix da Costa and Gary Paffett.

As is always the case with testing, not least this week as the six teams present are experimenting with various fuel loads and new components ahead of America and Brazil, it is somewhat impossible to read into the lap times.

However Magnussen was pleased to hold the bragging rights as his morning time of 1:42.651s led the way. Following a short break, the Dane – who turned 20 just one month ago – handed the car over to Gary Paffett.

Further down the pit lane, Caterham ran reserve driver Giedo van der Garde as GP2 runner-up Luiz Razia starred with Toro Rosso. Lotus and Sauber were the only other two teams present, as some had already tested at Silverstone and Magny-Cours earlier in the season. The Swiss outfit worked with Dutchman Robin Frijns, Formula Renault 3.5 Champion who is also testing with Red Bull this week as a reward for picking up that title.

Unlike with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend, this week’s testing takes place in full daylight conditions for eight hours per day.


Full lap times at the end of day one of the final three-day F1 ‘young driver test at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi
1. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes 1m 42.651s (40 laps)
2. Antonio Felix da Costa Portugal Red Bull-Renault 1m 42.717s (79)
3. Gary Paffett Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 43.407s (44)
4. Robin Frijns Holland Sauber-Ferrari 1m 43.775s (78)
5. Nicolas Prost France Lotus-Renault 1m 44.194s (55)
6. Luiz Razia Brazil Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 44.691s (67)
7. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1m 45.936s (57)
all times unofficial

Kevin Magnussen top on first test morning

Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time of the morning on the opening day of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

Driving for McLaren for the morning session, Magnussen was the busiest driver as he completed 40 laps with a best time of 1:42.651s. He edged out Antonio Felix da Costa by just 0.066s and will now hand over the McLaren to Gary Paffett for the afternoon session.

Magnussen and da Costa’s Red Bull were well clear of the rest, with Nicolas Prost third for Lotus with a 1:45.318s.

Lotus is expected to test its rear wing device that it has yet to race at some point this week, but it did not make an appearance this morning.

Sauber appeared to be testing a similar rear wing device to the Lotus solution, with Robin Frijns setting the fourth quickest time having spent the first hour and a half completing installation laps.

Luiz Razia was fifth for Toro Rosso in a 1:46.793, while Geido van der Garde was slowest having spent the morning running aero tests, with a transition vortex rake on the left side of the car to look at airflow from the front wing.

Times Driver Car Time Laps
1. Kevin Magnussen McLaren MP4-27 1:42.651 40
2. Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull RB8 1:42.717 33
3. Nicolas Prost Lotus E20 1:45.318 27
4. Robin Frijns Sauber C31 1:45.878 36
5. Luiz Razia Toro Rosso STR7 1:46.793 35
6. Giedo van der Garde Caterham CT01 1:48.193 32

Pirelli would welcome Michael Schumacher as test driver

Michael Schumacher has been told he can have a Formula 1 testing role at Pirelli next year if he wants it.

In the wake of the seven-time champion’s announcement that he will be retiring from F1 at the end of this season, Pirelli has said it would be open to using him for tyre development work in 2013. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, who is evaluating testing options for next year just in case Jaime Alguersuari lands a race drive, says that Schumacher’s vast knowledge of tyres would be invaluable.

“I think he is the most experienced tyre tester in the history of F1,” explained Hembery.

“If he gets bored of being in the mountains of Switzerland, I am sure we can find something for him to do – although we haven’t quite got £20 million for him. So it would have to be a labour of love rather than for financial gain.”

Although Schumacher famously criticised Pirelli’s tyres earlier this year, Hembery has said his company has enjoyed a good working relationship with Schumacher – and could tie up with him in any future racing activities.

“He has done some Superbikes with us, and we do rallying and GT racing,” he said. “We had Kimi [Raikkonen] on our tyres in rallying and Robert [Kubica] is doing some work in rallying with us, so maybe Michael wants to try something else.

“We are open. If Michael is interested, we are open to offers.”


Source: Autosport F1

Nicolas Prost to test for Lotus in Abu Dhabi

Lotus have announced that reserve driver Nicolas Prost will be among those at the wheel for the team during their young driver test in Abu Dhabi next month.

In preparation, Prost – son of four-time world champion Alain – will be spending this Friday and Saturday driving Lotus’s 2010 car, the R30, in private running at the Circuito de Navarra in Spain.

“This is a fantastic chance for me to gain experience at the highest level of motorsport, and I’m extremely grateful to the team for handing me this opportunity,” said the Frenchman.

“I’ve been working with the team for a number of months already but this will be my first time driving the R30 in a competitive environment, so I’m aiming to make the most of my time on track while hopefully also providing the team with some useful feedback for the future.”

Prost took the Euroseries championship in 2008, has twice finished as the leading petrol car in the famous Le Mans 24-hour race and is currently fourth in the World Endurance Championship.

“Nicolas has done a good job as our reserve driver this season and we’re delighted to offer him a place with the team at the young driver test next month,” added Lotus team principal Eric Boullier.

“This is a great opportunity for up and coming drivers to gain hands-on experience in the category they will all be aiming for, and with the skills Nicolas has gathered across a variety of motorsport disciplines throughout his career so far we’re confident that this will prove a useful exercise for both team and driver alike.”

The young driver test takes place at Yas Marina in the week following the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of November 02-04, and Lotus will be announcing the remainder of their driver line-up for the three-day session in the coming weeks.

Source: Formula1.com