Young driver test day 2 round-up

By on Wednesday, November 7, 2012


 1.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Red Bull-Renault    1m42.679s           61
 2.  Oliver Turvey           McLaren-Mercedes    1m43.176s  + 0.497  62
 3.  Edoardo Mortara         Lotus-Renault       1m43.418s  + 0.739  75
 4.  Esteban Gutierrez       Sauber-Ferrari      1m43.486s  + 0.806  93
 5.  Gary Paffett            McLaren-Mercedes    1m43.771s  + 1.092  41
 6.  Johnny Cecotto Jr       Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1m44.569s  + 1.890  76
 7.  Giedo van der Garde     Caterham-Renault    1m46.106s  + 2.427  72


Giedo van der Garde, Caterham F1 Team

António Félix da Costa (Red Bull): "It’s been another good day. Again, we did a lot of mileage, which is good for me and for the team. On a day like this, when the conditions are perfect for testing, and with two grands prix to go, I think the team needs to make the most of it and today I think we did that. It’s been a great experience and I’d like to thank the whole team for their help and I hope I have been able to help them as well. I’ll focus now on the future and I think most sensibly that probably means a full season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series next year".

Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber): "The morning session was very interesting for me because we tested a lot of different things, and I hope I gave my most precise feedback to the engineers. After being in the car so recently in India, of course, I feel a lot more confident in handling all the system like KERS and DRS. In the morning session I used only hard tyres, but in the afternoon I certainly enjoyed running the medium as well as the soft compound".

Edoardo Mortara (Lotus): "I had a wonderful time and I’m so grateful to everyone at Lotus F1 Team for giving me this opportunity; I enjoyed every lap. At the same time, it was pretty tough; I’ve come from a car which is a lot slower and the first laps were certainly an eye opener. I improved gradually over the day and I think my progression was pretty good. Every time I was on track I got a little bit better. I completed the test programme scheduled by the team so it’s satisfying to be able to contribute to their season. It’s been one of the best days of my life".

Johnny Cecotto Jr (Toro Rosso): "First of all, I would like to say thank you to Toro Rosso for having given me this opportunity. It’s great to be back in a Formula 1 car after having tested here in Abu Dhabi last year and to add some more kilometres under my belt. The day went very well and I enjoyed working with the team. The level of professionalism, number of systems on the car and the amount of people working in the team always impresses me. It was also nice to have driven a Ferrari engine, a name which is like a piece of history".

Giedo van der Garde (Caterham): "It’s been a great couple of days here in Abu Dhabi and I want to thank the team for giving me the chance to drive in the rookie test yesterday and today. Today we ran considerably more laps than on day one. We spent the morning running through more aero work and ran with a number of different setups that give the team a huge amount of data to work through that will be really useful for the last two races of the season. In the afternoon we switched to longer runs, looking at tyre management and how the car behaves on different fuel loads and I’m pleased with the progress we made. Towards the end of the session we put soft tyres on and I had a couple of runs that were closer to the performance runs we do in FP3 – the car had more fuel than in quali but I’m pretty happy with where I ended up. Next up for me is FP1 in Brazil, another track that’ll be new for me but with the time I’ve had on track here, and in the other FP1s I’ve done this year, I think that’ll be a good session for me. I’m not doing FP1 in Austin as the team needs maximum time on track for the race drivers, but I’ll be going to the race as Reserve Driver and I’m really looking forward to getting out there – it’s going to be a great week for sure

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