• Young Driver Test - Day 3

Vergne top again on final morning

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Jean-Eric Vergne was comfortably fastest while still gathering data for Red Bull © Sutton Images
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Jean-Eric Vergne was again quickest for Red Bull in Abu Dhabi on the final morning of the Young Driver Test.

Vergne went much quicker than he had been on the previous two days, with his time of 1:38.917 over a second better than his best time from Tuesday's running. He was also comfortably over two seconds clear of the next fastest driver, with Jules Bianchi once again second in the Ferrari in a time of 1:41.347.

Oliver Turvey returned to the McLaren for the final day and was third quickest in 1:42.346, just edging out Max Chilton in the Force India. Chilton - back in the VJM04 after sitting out Wednesday's running - was 0.272s slower despite what the team described as a "technical issue" causing him to stop on track and bring out the red flag for a short period.

Alexander Rossi impressed on his first appearance of the week for Lotus as he set the fifth fastest time, just ahead of Sauber reserve Esteban Gutierrez who was nearly a second slower than his best time from day two.

Stefano Coletti was seventh having returned to the Toro Rosso for the morning session, improving on his best time from Tuesday by 0.4s. He will hand over to Kevin Ceccon - who ran on Wednesday - for the rest of the test. Mirkko Bortolotti made a cautious start in the Williams as he tests the FW33 as a reward for winning the F2 championship, setting the eighth best time just 0.2s ahead of Nathanael Berthon in the HRT and Charles Pic in the Virgin.

Jan Charouz switched to the Renault having run for HRT on Wednesday morning, and was 11th quickest, just ahead of Sam Bird who was running 2012-specification exhausts for Mercedes.

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