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11/08/12
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Valsecchi tops final day of Young Drivers test  Davide Valsecchi topped the times for Lotus on the final day of Formula 1's young driver test in Abu Dhabi.

The Italian, who won the GP2 title this year, posted a time of 1m42.677s that was just 0.002 seconds quicker than Antonio Felix da Costa's best overall time on Wednesday for Red Bull.

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was second fastest at the Yas Marina Circuit, 0.150s behind Valsecchi. Magnussen was back in the car after topping the timesheets on the opening day.

American Alexander Rossi was slowest for Caterham after having to finish his day early due to oil on the garage floor when he returned to the pits after his 14th run.

"That meant I didn't have the chance to do any performance runs and I'm sure if I did, my lap times would have been close to the race drivers, but issues like that are just one of those things," said Rossi.

"They'll take a proper look at what caused the problem and I'm sure it won't affect the team's preparations for Austin or Brazil."

Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Davide Valsecchi Lotus-Renault 1m42.677s +0.000s 86
2. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m42.827s +0.150 51
3. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m43.093s +0.416 80
4. Robin Frijns Red Bull-Renault 1m43.233s +0.556 53
5. Oliver Turvey McLaren-Mercedes 1m43.604s +0.927 44
6. Luiz Razia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m45.286s +2.609 68
7. Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1m46.485s +3.808 86 (Hard Tires only)

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