Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 1 – Mercedes GP Petronas

Date Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Driver Sam Bird
No of Laps 53 laps
Best Lap Time 1:43.548
Kilometres Covered 294 kms
Track Length 5.554 kms
Weather Sunny

Two days after the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula One’s Young Driver Test began at the Yas Marina Circuit this morning.
GP2 driver Sam Bird is driving for MERCEDES GP PETRONAS at the test and had the first of his three days in the car today.

  • The team ran 2011 Pirelli tyres throughout the day whilst working on some development items for 2012
  • A transmission issue cost some running time in the morning, however the lost time was recovered in the afternoon session
  • Having used the team’s simulator extensively, Sam was quickly up to speed, and showed impressive pace and consistency
  • The team plan to start evaluating the 2012 Pirelli tyres tomorrow

Sam Bird:
“We did some good work today as the team began on-track preparations for the 2012 season. It’s fantastic to be behind the wheel of a Formula One car again, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself out there. I’m looking forward to the next two days and making a contribution to the team’s work for 2012. Many thanks to MERCEDES GP PETRONAS for giving me this opportunity.”

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Jean-Eric Vergne Red Bull 1:40.011 83
2 Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1:40.960 85
3 Robert Wickens Lotus Renault 1:42.217 78
4 Fabio Leimer Sauber 1:42.331 67
5 Gary Paffett McLaren 1:42.912 41
6 Max Chilton Force India 1:43.016 81
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:43.118 71
8 Oliver Turvey McLaren 1:43.502 35
9 Sam Bird MERCEDES GP PETRONAS 1:43.548 53
10 Rodolfo Gonzalez Team Lotus 1:44.022 87
11 Stefano Coletti Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:45.278 87
12 Dani Clos HRT 1:45.329 68
13 Charles Pic Marussia Virgin 1:46.930 30
14 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Virgin 1:47.292 32

(Please note all timings are unofficial)