Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne (Best Time: 1:40.011)
Circuit Length: 5.554 km
Fastest lap: Jean-Eric Vergne (see above)
Just two days after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing was back in action today at the Yas Marina Circuit for the 2011 Young Driver Test. Red Bull Junior driver Jean-Eric Vergne was at the wheel of an RB7 for day one of the three-day test.
Air and track temperatures were hotter than during the grand prix, hitting 32˚C and 45˚C respectively, as testing takes place during the day, rather than in the afternoon and evening.
As soon as Jean-Eric was up to speed with the RB7, the team concentrated on some aerodynamic testing for 2012, before beginning a tyre test for Pirelli in the afternoon to evaluate some prototypes for 2012.
At the end of the session, Jean-Eric said: “That was a fantastic day for me. Driving the World Championship-winning car is just great and I liked every lap I did out there. Knowing there are two more days still to do, just makes me smile more. It’s a great opportunity from Red Bull Racing; I’m trying to learn as much as possible and get as much as possible out of it.”
Jean-Eric will be driving again tomorrow for day two.