F1 – 2012 Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 2 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

TEST REPORT: Abu Dhabi – day two

Date                 Wednesday November 7 2012

Drivers             Gary Paffett (am)/Oliver Turvey (pm)

Location           Yas Marina Circuit


Track length     5.554km


Laps                 41 (Gary)/62 (Oliver)


Km covered      228/344


Best laptime     1m43.176s (Oliver)


Programme      Gary Paffett concluded his programme today, running in the morning’s session and continuing the work he kicked off yesterday afternoon. The team was putting more miles on a number of aerodynamic developments, including a new front wing, and evaluating revised suspension geometry, with an eye towards monitoring resultant tyrewear, degradation and heating.

Oliver Turvey continued the programme into the afternoon, clocking an impressive 62 laps.


Indeed, the team was particularly pleased with the input and response of both drivers – neither of whom have spent extensive time behind the wheel of MP4-27, and both of whom were immediately up to speed and able to provide excellent feedback to the engineers.


What’s next      The team will make further extensive set-up changes overnight before Oliver concludes his programme in the morning. Kevin Magnussen, who began the test on Tuesday morning, will return to the cockpit on Thursday afternoon, putting more miles on development parts.


Test dates        Three days (November 6-9)

Pos      Driver                           Constructor                              Best time          Laps

1          Antonio Felix da Costa  Red Bull Racing                        1m42.679s        61

2          Oliver Turvey               Vodafone McLaren Mercedes   1m43.176s        62

3          Edoardo Mortara           Lotus                                        1m43.418s        75

4          Esteban Gutierrez          Sauber                                      1m43.486s        93

5          Gary Paffett                  Vodafone McLaren Mercedes   1m43.771s        41

6          Johnny Cecotto Jr         Scuderia Toro Rosso                 1m44.569s        76

7          Giedo van der Garde     Caterham                                  1m46.106s        72

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