Ricciardo tops second rookie F1 test day

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo finished the rookie Formula One test at Abu Dhabi as the fastest man, pedaling his Red Bull Racing RB6 to the top of the timesheets.

The West Australian’s fastest time was a staggering 1.3s faster than new world champion Sebastian Vettel’s pole position lap that he set on Saturday evening.

Ricciardo drove Mark Webber’s old RB6 chassis – the car that Webber won the Hungarian Grand Prix in.

It was only Ricciardo’s fourth full-day testing an F1 car.

Renault’s Jerome D’Ambrosio set the second-fastest time in the closing stages of the day. D’Ambrosio drove for the Virgin team yesterday before he switched into the Renault, finishing seven tenths of a second off Ricciardo’s time.

Mercedes driver Sam Bird was third ahead of Gary Paffett (McLaren) who was returning to the cockpit of an F1 car for the first time since February in place of junior driver Oliver Turvey.

Fifth went to Ferrari tester Jules Bianchi from F1 debutant Sergio Perez (Sauber), Paul di Resta (Force India) and Pastor Maldonado (Williams), who switched from HRT.

Making their F1 debuts were Davide Valsecchi (HRT), GP2 driver Luiz Razia (Virgin), Josef Kral (HRT) and Vladimir Arabadzhiev (Lotus).

Pos Driver Car Time Laps
1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m38.102s 77
2. Jerome D’Ambrosio Renault 1m38.802s 83
3. Sam Bird Mercedes 1m39.220s 82
4. Gary Paffett McLaren 1m39.760s 84
5. Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1m39.916s 93
6. Sergio Perez Sauber 1m40.543s 91
7. Paul di Resta Force India 1m40.901s 27
8. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m40.944s 81
9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m40.974s 61
10. Yelmer Buurman Force India 1m41.178s 67
11. Davide Valsecchi Hispania 1m43.013s 32
12. Luiz Razia Virgin 1m43.525s 70
13. Josef Kral Hispania 1m44.143s 61
14. Rodolfo Gonzalez Lotus 1m44.312s 41
15. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Lotus 1m45.723s 49

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