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2010 Young Driver test - Abu Dhabi, Day 2 - Day long conversation about the Yas Marina testing

Published by Christine

The second day of Young Driver testing in Abu Dhabi is about to get underway, and we saw plenty of running on the first day to keep us entertained. Maldonado managed to complete over 100 laps, and it wasn't unusual to see the drivers clocking up more than 50. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fastest, which pretty much sums up this year. If you want to see the full results from day 1, head over here. For now, we'll turn our attention to today.

Testing starts at 9am local time (5am GMT) and finishes 5pm local time (1pm GMT).

Circuit information

The circuit is running faster than we saw over the weekend, but that is to be expected as you usually see the track get quicker the longer cars run over it. Edd Straw asked Karun Chandhok for his educated estimate of the track improvements:

Thanks to @karunchandhok - he estimates that the track will be around 1.1-1.4secs faster than it was on qualifying because of rubber

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Yesterday, the fastest time dipped into the 1:39s, but only Disco Dan managed it. Can anyone else match it today?

Yas Marina Circuit Map
Yas Marina Circuit MapCredit: Bridgestone Corporation


Yas Island, Wednesday


  • Low 21℃
  • Humidity 16%

Clear skies ahead

Driver information

These are the drivers involved in the test, although there's no confirmation who's driving on which day until the teams turn up and the garages open.

TeamYoung Drivers
Red BullDaniel Ricciardo
McLarenGary Paffett
Oliver Turvey
FerrariJules Bianchi
MercedesSam Bird
RenaultMikhail Aleshin
Jérôme D'Ambrosio
WilliamsDean Stoneman
Pastor Maldonado
Force IndiaPaul di Resta
Yelmer Buurman
Antonio Felix da Costa
SauberSergio Pérez
Esteban Guitérrez
Toro RossoJean-Éric Vergne
Lotus RacingVladimir Arabadzhiev
Rodolfo González
HRTPastor Maldonado
Davide Valsecchi
Josef Kral
Virgin RacingJérôme D'Ambrosio
Luiz Razia
Rio Haryanto

Useful links

I will update the post as and when we find useful information, and I expect Twitter will be alive with teams and drivers tweeting their progress. However, for now, here are a couple of links to get us started - they can usually be relied upon for excellent testing coverage.

All content in the series Abu Dhabi Testing November 2010