F1 » Silverstone Young Driver Test times – day two: 18 July


Daniel Ricciardo heads the way for Toro Rosso on the second day of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone

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1Jez

July 18, 2013 5:25 PM

Get your pen out Daniel, I can hear Christian's footsteps coming down the hall and I think he has a contract in his hands... :) I know, I know, early days, but he's certainly doing everything right.

Curious that he went quicker in the Torro Rosso than in the Red Bull.

richard

July 18, 2013 7:05 PM

sainz in a car in which he had never sat before, was just as fast as ricciardo in a car that he has been driving for two years! that says to me that he is a very impressive driver. but there are other new drivers who are showing up established drivers.

ok, I fully accept that this is testing and times basically mean nothing, but those who are new to f1 are really showing that they have something. and they may be worth a punt!

HigDog

July 18, 2013 9:00 PM

Unknown fuel loads plus the established drivers are using different tyres for tyre testing program, is that correct?
I think that explains why the young guys can get close or better the times.

I dont know if you guys can get coverage of the test. Thats just how I understand all crash's reports.

rob01

July 18, 2013 9:12 PM

they can get close to each other as ALL cars are nearly the same. and with a crumbly tire the times are at the mercy of the tire itself. even if the car could go faster the tire won't.

richard

July 18, 2013 9:34 PM

higgy. the drivers doing tyre testing are shown with an asterisk! but these tyres are in fact improved tyres. so the driers on the older deteriorating tyres are really doing quite well. if sanz was on the newer tyres, he would possibly be ahead of ricciardo.

1Jez

July 19, 2013 12:13 AM

Richard, the compounds are the same for the development and existing tyres - Pirelli are testing a different bonding/construction method to stop them exploding. There should be very little to no difference in the grip levels.

Mustafur

July 19, 2013 2:14 AM

The times show nothing to me, all of Ricciardos runs were strictly controlled by Pirelli and had plenty of fuel judging by the lack of speed compared to when they were at Silverstone 2 weeks ago, Sainz time isn't really impressive when you realize the times are a couple of seconds off the pole time. unless you work for Redbull or Pirelli you really don't have much idea what program they are doing.

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