Date: Wednesday November 16 2011
Driver: Gary Paffett
Location: Yas Marina Circuit
Track length: 5.554km
Weather Beautifully hot and sunny all day. Maximum ambient temperature 32°C, maximum track temperature 56°C
Laps completed 71
Kilometres covered 394km
Best laptime 1m41.756s at 15:24
Programme Gary Paffett conducted today’s programme, primarily focusing on providing feedback, analysis and evaluation for Pirelli as they continue to refine their 2012 tyre programme. The day was spent running different casings and compounds – with some positive results.
The day’s background running also included putting mileage on several development parts intended for next year’s MP4-27A chassis, as well as gathering data for correlation purposes.
Despite an early stop in the day due to a fuel-pressure issues, this was another positive day.
Oliver Turvey will return to the cockpit tomorrow to conclude the three days’ running.
Driver for day three Oliver Turvey
Duration of test Three days (November 15-17)
Unofficial testing times
Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Jean-Eric Vergne Red Bull Racing 1m40.188 43
2 Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1m40.279 91
3 Gary Paffett Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m41.756 71
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m42.367 88
5 Johnny Cecotto Jnr Force India 1m42.873 84
6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m43.637 96
7 Sam Bird Mercedes GP 1m43.734 94
8 Kevin Korjus Lotus-Renault 1m43.776 70
9 Luiz Razia Team Lotus 1m43.944 89
10 Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m44.808 97
11 Jan Charous HRT F1 1m46.644 56
12 Charles Pic Marussia Virgin 1m46.698 61
13 Nathanael Berthon HRT F1 1m48.646 9