- Young Driver Test - Day 2
Ricciardo quickest in Toro Rosso on second dayLaurence Edmondson at Silverstone July 18, 2013
Daniel Ricciardo finished the second day of the Young Driver Test at the top of the timesheets as he completed runs for both Toro Rosso and Red Bull, but it was his time in the junior team's car in the morning that stood as the fastest at the end of the day.
A lot of hype surrounded Ricciardo's run in the Red Bull on Thursday afternoon, but he got off to an auspicious start when he dropped it in the gravel at Luffield on one of his early runs. He returned to the pit lane with a sheepish look on his face but was soon back out clocking up times for the world champions.
However, it was his time in the Toro Rosso on the medium compound tyres that was fastest at the end of the day. He got within 0.171s of it using the RB9, but with Pirelli dictating the run plan, set-ups and tyre usage on both occasions, direct comparisons should be made with caution. For example, his final run saw him clock times in the 1:38s while using the prototype hard tyres. By the end of the day he had completed 48 laps in the Toro Rosso and a further 59 in the Red Bull, bringing him to a total of 107 overall. Whether or not the run will help his chances of securing a Red Bull drive next year will be buried deep inside the data, which will no doubt be assessed and reported back to the decision makers.
Carlos Sainz Jr was the only driver capable of getting close to Ricciardo's time as he took over the Toro Rosso in the afternoon. He was 0.044s off the best time of the day, but Toro Rosso would have had full freedom to run the car as they pleased after Ricciardo's restricted run in the morning.
Davide Valsecchi was fourth fastest with a best time of 1:33.554. It was his second run in this year's Lotus after a surprise outing in pre-season testing to cover for an ill Kimi Raikkonen, but this time he clocked up 91 laps to get a full taste of what the race-winning E21 is capable of. Oliver Turvey lined up fifth in the standings as he completed a marathon day of 97 laps in the McLaren and continued the work Kevin Magnussen started on Wednesday.
James Calado was sixth quickest after his second consecutive morning in the Force India. He was fractionally quicker than his Wednesday time as he set a 1:33.957 but at lunch time had to hand the car over to Paul di Resta again, who, as a race driver, continued Force India's work with Pirelli. He completed 41 laps in the afternoon but appeared to be working on longer heavy fuel runs as his best time was a 1:36.356 and only good enough for 14th fastest.
Antonio Felix da Costa only completed 19 laps for Red Bull on his final morning driving for the team before handing Ricciardo the car, but that was still not the lowest total as Robin Frijns managed just 17 laps for Sauber. A trip in to the gravel during the morning session brought out a red flag and ended his running prematurely as the car was then prepared for Nico Hulkenberg in the afternoon, with Hulkenberg going on to set the 10th fastest time as he completed a solid 52 laps.
There was one other red flag during the morning session as debris on the track forced all of the drivers back in to the pits for a short time.
1. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:32.972, 48 laps
2. Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso, 1:33.016, 39 laps
3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:33.187, 59 laps
4. Davide Valsecchi, Lotus, 1:33.554, 91 laps
5. Oliver Turvey, McLaren, 1:33.864, 97 laps
6. James Calado, Force India, 1:33.957, 47 laps
7. Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull, 1:33.958, 19 laps
8. Davide Rigon, Ferrari, 1:34.053, 97 laps
9. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:34.116, 71 laps
10. Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, 1:34.224, 52 laps
11. Daniel Juncadella, Williams, 1:34.631, 33 laps
12. Robin Frijns, Sauber, 1:34.731, 17 laps
13. Will Stevens, Caterham, 1:36.082, 98 laps
14. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:36.356, 41 laps
15. Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia, 1:37:949, 92 laps
Laurence Edmondson is deputy editor of ESPNF1