F1 » Abu Dhabi Young Driver F1 test times - Day 1

Jean-Eric Vergne paces day one of testing in Abu Dhabi

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JJJ - Unregistered

November 15, 2011 3:05 PM

Good performances by Wickens, Leimer, Bottas, Gonzalez and Clos.

Decent performance by Vergne though a lot slower than Vettel and Webber on saturday (maybe due to weather and or setup), Bianchi and Chilton.

Pretty poor showings by Bird, Turvey and Coletti. And I think Virgin may have went out on intermediates or something...

As for Paffet I'm afraid he won't be in F1 anymore unless he's going to do a McNish. He again did well as a benchmark compared to Turvey though and 0.6s is too much in a decent car like the McLaren.


November 16, 2011 2:45 PM

Because he's never been a race driver. McLaren are exploiting a loop hole here. Very clever actually. Because of that I think his times cannot be taken too seriously, I think he'll be running a proper testing programme - whereas the other teams are more interested in seeing how quick "their" young guns can go compared to each other and the race drivers' times, McLaren won't care about that at all. They'll just see it as an opportunity to get some more tech feedback. Sad for Paffett in a way I guess but on the other hand he won't have to cough up the millions that some of the other kids have in order to get behind the wheel of an F1 car...

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