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Ricciardo and Toro Rosso top Day 2 of young driver test at Silverstone
The English heat wave continued for the second day of testing as Scuderia Toro Rosso accommodated two drivers in the cockpit of the STR8. In the morning, Daniel Ricciardo was at the wheel, which meant that the Pirelli tires, the Hard and Medium compounds were the focus of the team’s attention, running to a program prescribed by the tire supplier. The team worked methodically through all the planned tests.  At lunchtime, having set what would be the fastest time of the day, Daniel had a quick change into Infiniti Red Bull Racing overalls for a run in the RBR 9.

For Carlos Sainz, this will be a day to remember, as the 18 year old Spaniard got his first taste of driving a Formula 1 car, when he took to the track in our car for the afternoon session. Because of his status as a “young driver” there were no restrictions relating to testing and the engineers were able to continue with the development program initiated yesterday when Johnny Cecotto was driving. Sainz delivered a solid performance, completing a good number of laps, without making any mistakes, delivering plenty of useful data and producing respectable lap times.


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m32.972s
2. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1m33.016s
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m33.187s
4. Davide Valsecchi Lotus 1m33.554s
5. Oliver Turvey McLaren 1m33.864s
6. James Calado Force India 1m33.957s
7. Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull 1m33.958s
8. Davide Rigon Ferrari 1m34.053s
9. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m34.116s
10. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m34.224s
11. Daniel Juncadella Williams 1m34.631s
12. Robin Frijns Sauber 1m34.731s
13. Will Stevens Caterham 1m36.082s
14. Paul di Resta Force India 1m36.356s
15. Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia 1m37.949s
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