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Abu Dhabi Young Driver test times - Day 1

Jean-Eric Vergne paces day one of testing in Abu Dhabi
1. Jean-Eric Vergne France Red Bull-Renault 1min 40.011secs
2. Jules Bianchi France Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 40.960secs
3. Robert Wickens Canada Renault-Renault 1min 42.217secs
4. Fabio Leimer Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1min 42.331secs
5. Gary Paffett Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1min 42.912secs
6. Max Chilton Britain Force India-Mercedes 1min 43.016secs
7. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Cosworth 1min 43.118secs
8. Oliver Turvey Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1min 43.502secs
9. Sam Bird Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 43.548secs
10. Rodolfo Gonzalez Venezuela Lotus-Renault 1min 44.022secs

11. Stefano Coletti Monaco Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 45.278secs
12. Dani Clos Spain HRT-Cosworth 1min 45.329secs
13. Charles Pic France Virgin-Cosworth 1min 46.930secs
14. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Britain Virgin-Cosworth 1min 47.292secs

Comparison – 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:

Practice: Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1min 38.976secs
Qualifying: Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1min 38.481secs
Race: Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1min 42.612secs

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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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