Luiz Razia and Alexander Rossi were the only other drivers on track, the former running for Toro Rosso
and managing 68 laps in total, despite not feeling 100 per cent. Rossi in contrast did 85 tours for Caterham, but was more than a second slower, unable to do any quick laps due to an oil leak.
“It was tough for me today, because I've been running a fever, although it didn't stop me completing the programme,” Razia stated. “Like on Tuesday, the team had plenty of work for me to do and I was happy that I was able to find a good balance on the car and also had more confidence when it came to changing settings from the steering wheel while I was driving.
“Overall, these two days in the car have been a great experience for me and I really enjoyed working with an Italian team, as everyone at Toro Rosso
made me feel very welcome.”
Rossi added: “It's been a great day in the car and I want to thank the whole team for giving me the chance to drive in Abu Dhabi. I last drove this car in FP1 in Barcelona back in May and it's definitely come on a long way since then.
“The plan today was mostly focused on running through setup options. With such limited time on Fridays at a GP this was a chance for us to work through a whole range of different setups and I'm sure we've helped give the team a lot of information that will come into play at the last two races of the season.
“It's obviously not ideal that we had to end the session early, but when I boxed after my 14th run there was oil on the garage floor so the engineers had to call the session over. That meant I didn't have the chance to do any performance runs and I'm sure if I did my laptimes would have been close to the race drivers, but issues like that are just one of those things. They'll take a proper look at what caused the problem and I'm sure it won't affect the team's preparations for Austin or Brazil.
“Despite that it's been a great day and another step in my development as a driver. The next time I'll be in a race car will be in Jerez for the GP2 test with Caterham Racing and I'm really looking forward to picking up where we left off in Barcelona as the quickest car.”