Abu Dhabi Young Driver test Day 1 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

Date Tuesday 15 November 2011

Driver Oliver Turvey (am)
Gary Paffett (pm)

Location Yas Marina Circuit
Track length 5.554km

Weather A hot, sunny day. Maximum ambient temperature 32°C, maximum track temperature 56°C

Laps completed 76
Kilometres covered 422.1 km
Best laptime 1m42.912s at 15:00

Programme Oliver started the morning focusing on aero data gathering, and followed this by conducting work around the 2012 tyres. This will be further pursued by Gary in tomorrow’s test.

After a break for lunch, Gary tested various systems on next year’s car, including the new car radio. The successful day of testing concluded with operational background work; testing the equipment and processes in the garage for the MP4-27.

Driver for day two Gary Paffett
Duration of test Three days (November 15-17)

Testing times

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 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:42.912 41
6. Max Chilton Force India 1:43.016 81
7. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:43.118 71
8. Oliver Turvey Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 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 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