Mercedes GP

Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 2 – Mercedes GP Petronas

Date Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Driver Sam Bird
No of Laps 94 laps
Best Lap Time 1:43.734
Kilometres Covered 522 kms
Track Length 5.554 kms
Weather Sunny

On the second day of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi today, Sam Bird continued his work at the wheel of the MGP W02 car.

  • The team focused on 2012 Pirelli tyre evaluations throughout the day, with short runs in the morning and longer runs this afternoon
  • Consistent driving from Sam allowed the team to collect plenty of data, along with his feedback on the feel of the tyres
  • Sam and the team will complete the test tomorrow on the third and final day.

Sam Bird:
“We made some very good progress with the programme today and were able to achieve all of the goals that we intended. It was interesting to try out the new 2012 Pirelli tyres for the first time, and I enjoyed the experience. Overall it was a very good day for us and I’m looking forward to completing our programme of test items tomorrow.”

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Jean-Eric Vergne Red Bull 1:40.188 43
2 Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1:40.279 91
3 Gary Paffett McLaren 1:41.756 71
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:42.367 88
5 Johnny Cecotto Jr Force India 1:42.873 84
6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:43.637 96
7 Sam Bird MERCEDES GP PETRONAS 1:43.734 94
8 Kevin Korjus Lotus Renault 1:43.776 70
9 Luiz Razia Team Lotus 1:43.944 89
10 Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:44.808 97
11 Jan Charouz HRT 1:46.644 56
12 Charles Pic Marussia Virgin 1:46.698 61
13 Nathanael Berthon HRT 1:48.646 9

(Please note all timings are unofficial)