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17 November 2010

Abu Dhabi young driver test

Date: Wednesday 17 November 2010
Track: Yas Marina Circuit
Driver: Sam Bird

No of Laps: 82 laps
Best Lap Time: 1:39.220
Kilometres Covered: 455 km
Track Length: 5.554 kms

Weather: Hot and sunny

Sam at the wheel for Mercedes at Abu Dhabi

The Young Driver Test concluded in Abu Dhabi today with GP2 racer Sam Bird continuing his driving responsibilities for the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team on the second and final day at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Following on from yesterday's programme, Sam and the team continued to focus on set-up development work during the morning to fine-tune the car before concentrating on performance comparisons in the afternoon session. Sam completed 82 laps and finished the day in third place on the timesheets with a best lap time of 1:39.220.

Sam Bird: "Today the team and I continued our set-up programme and had an extremely productive day in which we learnt a great deal about the car. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and I would like to thank everyone at MERCEDES GP PETRONAS for making me feel so welcome, both here in Abu Dhabi and at the factory prior to the test, and for a memorable two days. I hope we will be able to work together again in the future."

Ross Brawn: "Sam has worked very well with his engineers and the team over the course of the two-day test, proving himself to be professional and disciplined in the car, with an excellent grasp of our procedures and our requirements from the test programme. I have been very impressed with his performance and it has been a very useful two days for the team and Sam. I am sure that this experience, both working with the team and driving the car, will prove very useful for the development of Sam's career."

TIMES (All timings are unofficial)

Pos Driver Car Time Laps
1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:38.102 77
2. Jerome D'Ambrosio Renault 1:38.802 83
3. Sam Bird MERCEDES GP PETRONAS 1:39.220 82
4. Gary Paffet McLaren 1:39.760 84
5. Jules Bianchi Ferrari 1:39.916 93
6. Sergio Perez Sauber 1:40.543 91
7. Paul di Resta Force India 1:40.901 27
8. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:40.944 81
9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:40.974 61
10. Yelmer Buurman Force India 1:41.178 67
11. Davide Valsecchi HRT 1:43.013 32
12. Luiz Razia Virgin 1:43.525 70
13. Josef Kral HRT 1:44.143 61
14. Rodolfo Gonzalez Lotus 1:44.312 41
15. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Lotus 1:45.723 49