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Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test 2011 - Day 3 results // All for F1, and F1 for All

Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test 2011 - Day 3 results

17 November, 2011 at 20:02 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

The third and final day of testing at Yas Marina ended with Red Bull making it three for three. Jean-Éric Vergne has led all three days of testing in Abu Dhabi, and is now quoted as saying he's confident he's ready for the step up to F1. Meanwhile, Esteban Gutierrez caused a red flag in the Sauber, spinning off track and damaging his wheel. Alexander Rossi was behind the wheel for Team Lotus, working on damper data and evaluating Pirelli's 2012 tyres. He admitted he was surprised how much you can learn during a short time of testing.

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1 Jean-Éric Vergne Red Bull 1:38.917 46
2 Sam Bird Mercedes 1:40.897 104
3 Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1:41.347 106
4 Oliver Turvey McLaren 1:41.513 89
5 Max Chilton Force India 1:41.575 79
6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:42.049 79
7 Mirko Bortolotti Williams 1:43.277 74
8 Kevin Ceccon Toro Rosso 1:43.686 35
9 Alexander Rossi Lotus 1:44.283 74
10 Jan Charouz Renault 1:44.470 82
11 Stefano Coletti Toro Rosso 1:44.545 48
12 Nathanael Berthon HRT 1:45.839 51
13 Robert Wickens Virgin 1:45.934 34
14 Charles Pic Virgin 1:46.348 49
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F1: De La Rosa Slams Young Driver Test Format

FORMULA ONE - F1: De La Rosa Slams Young Driver Test Format

Written by: SPEED Staff / GMM
Date: 11/18/2011 - 10:51 AM
Location: GMM Newswire

Pedro de la Rosa has slammed the format of this week’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, saying it is not fair experienced drivers are left in the cold as the sport looks to control its costs.

“It makes perfect sense to me to limit and control tests in order to contain costs,” said the long-time McLaren reserve driver in his latest formulasantander.com column.

“But come on. Limiting them to three days a season exclusively for young drivers seems an exaggeration and an aberration for a sport which should be the prime example of competitiveness and innovation in the world of motor racing competition,” the 40-year-old Spaniard said.

He said it is ridiculous that a “young driver” such as Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari is excluded at the age of 21 because he has contested more than two Grands Prix.

At the same time there are drivers like 30-year-old Gary Paffett “who continue to be young” according to the definition of the eligible drivers, de la Rosa marveled.

And yet he, in a more senior role than Paffett at McLaren, is not allowed to practice.

“Can you imagine David Ferrer having to play a Davis Cup final as a substitute for an injured Rafael Nadal without having practiced for six months?” de la Rosa wondered.
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