MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS began the team’s three day Young Driver Test at the Magny Cours circuit today.

Date Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Track Magny Cours
Drivers Sam Bird
 
No of Laps 95 laps
Best Lap Time 1:19.094
Kilometres Covered 419 km
Track Length 4.411 km
 
Weather Warm and dry
  • Development driver Sam Bird was at the wheel of the F1 W03 car
  • The programme focused on acclimatising Sam to the car and evaluating the team’s latest upgrades
  • These included a new exhaust package, along with further work on understanding the Pirelli tyres
  • A productive day saw Sam complete a total of 95 laps and 419 km over the course of the day

Sam will continue the team’s programme for the second day of the test tomorrow.

Sam Bird:
“We’ve had a very productive first day of the test today and were able to complete everything that we had planned on our programme. It felt great to be back in the car again and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve driven at Magny Cours previously in a Formula 3 car and it was good to experience it today in a Formula One car. The layout here is nice and smooth whilst also being quite challenging. We’ve collected a lot of data today which will take some time to sift through this evening and I’m looking forward to another good day tomorrow.”

TIMES

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1:18.070 87
2 Luiz Razia Force India 1:18.535 65
3 Sam Bird MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:19.094 95

(Please note all timings are unofficial)