Jul 19

Formula One teams Young Driver Test report day 3

Formula One day 3 test report

Today’s testing report from Formula One teams & drivers in Silverstone



Formula One teams Young Driver Test results

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps

1 Sebastien Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m32.894s 79

2 Adrian Sutil Force India 1m33.242s 100

3 Nicolas Prost Lotus 1m33.256s 84

4 Carlos Sainz Jr Red Bull Racing 1m33.546s 40

5 Davide Rigon Ferrari 1m33.592s 20

6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m33.624s 71

7 Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m33.647s 43

8 Gary Paffett Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m34.924s 78

9 Susie Wolff Williams 1m35.093s 90

10 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m35.155s 66

11 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m35.281s 23

12 Charles Pic Caterham 1m35.576s 61

13 Kimiya Sato Sauber 1m35.642s 68

14 James Calado Force India 1m36.451s 6

15 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia 1m36.695s 27

16 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m36.744s 40



Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing


  • Driver (AM): Carlos Sainz Jr Driver (PM): Sebastian Vettel
  • Car: RB9 Car: RB9
  • Laps: 35 laps Laps: 79
  • Best time: 1:33.546 Best time: 1:32.894
  • Circuit length: 5.891km
  • Fastest lap: S. Vettel (1:32.894)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s final day at the Silverstone Young Driver Test again saw the team split its running, with GP3 and Renault 3.5 Series driver Carlos Sainz Jr at the wheel in the morning and F1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel on tyre-testing duty in the afternoon.

After driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso yesterday, Sainz Jr moved across to our garage today and in a busy schedule the young Spaniard worked his way through 35 laps of Silverstone.


“This has been an incredible opportunity,” he said afterwards. “It was not an easy day and the nerves were definitely there. In the end though, it all went smoothly and there were no major issues. I enjoyed the work and tried to do my best in terms of giving feedback to the team. It’s a big boost for my self-confidence, but I’m 18-years-old, still very young and still learning. There’s a long way to go.”

Sebastian Vettel then got his first taste of the new compound Pirelli tyres and afterwards said the new rubber had performed well.

“We had three days of testing with a lot of different drivers in a lot of different cars and no failures – in conditions that were hotter than the [British] grand prix – so that’s good,” he said. “Obviously, we were very limited on what we could do, but for me there is not that much difference with the tyres. It was good to get in some laps though, good to get a feeling for them and it’s always nice to drive at Silverstone.”

 Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum added: “Because of the tyre test with Seb we probably had about 2.5 hours of running with Carlos in the morning, but we were very satisfied with the work we got through during that period. The team was impressed with his ability to adjust to the car, happy with his feedback and also with his pace. As for the afternoon, we were again locked into Pirelli’s programme and you can’t make any adjustments to the car, so while it wasn’t the best balance for Seb, he’s an expert at driving round these issues and we got a lot done, 79 laps; over 460km. It’s been a useful test and aside from some small problems, which you always get with a test car, we’ve had good reliability and good performance.”

source: Red Bull Racing, redbullracing.com

Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Testing at Silverstone circuit – A positive outcome

  • Circuit: Silverstone – 5.891km
  • Drivers: Felipe Massa & Davide Rigon
  • Car: Ferrari F138
  • Weather: air temperature 20/26 °C, track temperature 28/44 °C. Sunny.

With the Young Driver Test completed, the Scuderia is now preparing for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the tenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, which takes place next weekend at the Hungaroring.

The curtain has come down on the Young Driver Test at Silverstone, which saw ten of the Formula 1 teams entered for the Formula 1 World Championship taking part with a variety of drivers, some young prospects, some older. For Scuderia Ferrari, Felipe Massa was the race driver in action at the English track, testing the new Pirelli compounds, along with Davide Rigon, a car development driver for the Scuderia since 2011. The Brazilian did 69 laps, setting the sixth fastest time of the day in 1.33.624. Rigon was back in the Ferrari cockpit in the afternoon, to continue the programme of aerodynamic testing which he had started on Wednesday. He was fifth fastest in a time of 1.33.592, having done 20 laps.

“It seems to me these tyres work better, at least compared to what we saw in the race here” said Felipe Massa at the end of his session. “Over the three days, no one had any problems and from the safety aspect, this is the most important thing. The prototype Hard seemed maybe too hard to race on. I think that in the coming Grands Prix we could head towards a choice of the softer compounds, because they can work at lower temperatures and last longer. Temperature has a significant effect on our car and here for the race for example, it did not help us, but let’s see what happens in Hungary, where we can expect hotter conditions. You need a lot of aerodynamic downforce there and let’s hope we can find the right solutions to be competitive”.

“The past three days have been positive, as I didn’t make any mistakes and I learned a lot” commented Rigon, at the end of the day. “I hope that all the work will have given the team some useful data, maybe some that can be used to prepare for the upcoming races. Again today, we were not concerned with lap times, nor did we make big changes. Instead, we concentrated on adapting the set-up to the new tyres. Now this information will be passed on to our colleagues at the simulator. I think this test has been very useful for my work and also my personal experience, even though I don’t see it as finite, neither for me nor the car because there are no limits to improvement”.

source: Scuderia Ferrari, ferrari.com

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

  • Test report – Silverstone day three
  • Date Friday July 19 2013
  • Driver Gary Paffett
  • Location Silverstone Circuit
  • Track length 5.891km
  • Laps 78
  • Km covered 459
  • Best laptime 1m34.924s

Programme The third and final day of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone. After Kevin Magnussen and Oliver Turvey each drove for a day, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes test and development driver Gary Paffett took to the cockpit of the MP4-28.

It was a frustrating start to the day as the team’s morning running was cut short due to an engine issue. An excellent recovery by the mechanics in the garage meant Gary was able to return to the track for some solid running in the afternoon.

The team continued with its aerodynamic program, evaluating ride mechanical set-up changes, both of which should provide plenty of data for the engineers to analyse in preparation for next week’s Hungarian GP.

Gary said: “It was great to get out in the afternoon and get some testing done after the engine issue we had this morning. The guys in the garage did a great job.

“It was a real treat to drive the car – most of the work we do nowadays is on the simulator in Woking. We get very limited time out on track. So it’s great to get back in the car – it’s invaluable for us to make sure we are going in the right direction.”

source: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, mclaren.com

05 - Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team 

Lesson Learned

Day 3

Nico Prost completed his second day of testing in the E21 as the third fastest driver to conclude the 2013 Silverstone Young Driver Test. Completing 83 laps, Nico ran through a programme of setup work and aerodynamic assessments, in addition to evaluating a new exhaust.

Fast Facts:

  • Track: Silverstone, England, 5.9km
  • Chassis: E21-03
  • Weather: Sunny, ambient 20-26°C, track 29-42°C
  • Programme: Setup work, assessment of new aero and exhaust components
  • Laps Completed: 83
  • Classification: P3, 1:33.256
  • Interruptions: None

What’s Next?

Lotus F1 Team heads to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Nico Prost:

“It was a really good day for me. We focused on some more performance orientated work in the morning – which is always enjoyable to do – and especially beneficial after spending yesterday in the simulator in terms of correlation. I feel that I’m improving each time I get in the car. Obviously, it’s very fast so it takes some time to get used to it, but I feel I’ve definitely made good progress. It was clear that the team made some improvements with Davide [Valsecchi] in the car yesterday so I think it’s been a very productive and worthwhile test for the team. Overall, it’s been a fantastic week for me.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:

“Today proved to be a good conclusion to a productive three days at Silverstone. Nico continued the assessment programme he started on Wednesday and we made further positive steps forwards. We worked more on setup to get the car to Nico’s liking, thereby enabling him to push harder through the day. We ran new aerodynamic parts designed to help extract the maximum performance from the tyres, and it was with these that Nico set his fastest lap time, which is certainly a positive sign. We also assessed a new exhaust in the afternoon which looks to be beneficial. Now it’s time to analyse all the data to determine which parts we intend to use in Budapest.”

source: Lotus F1 Team, lotusrenaultgp.com

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

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source: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, mercedes-gp.com

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Sauber F1 Team 

2013 Young Driver Training Test in Silverstone – Day 3

Weather: sunny and dry, 18-27°C air, 28-44°C track

Kimiya Sato had his first outing in a Formula One car on day three of the Young Driver Training Test at Silverstone. In the morning, he was building up his confidence and pace lap by lap. The afternoon saw the current Auto GP leader running through the programme without any problems. Sato completed a total of 67 laps, which is an impressive 394.697 kilometres.

  • Circuit: Silverstone / 5.891 km
  • Driver afternoon: Kimiya Sato (JP)
  • Chassis / engine: C32.02 / Ferrari 056
  • Mileage today: 67 laps
  • Fastest lap: 1:35,642 min

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:

“It is always exciting being associated with a driver’s first day in a Formula One car, as it is a very special day for him. Kimiya’s mature approach to the day impressed us all, as he worked well with the Engineers, improving throughout the day. This also allowed us to complete some further aero testing, which was valuable to us as a team. Our three-day test plan was very ambitious. We managed to get through the programme and are happy with all the data we have gathered on both the new aero package and the 2012 construction tyres. We feel well prepared for the Budapest race.”

Kimiya Sato:

“I’m really amazed after driving a Formula One car for the first time. It’s so sharp and it reacts very quickly too, especially when steering and braking. It’s incredible. From a physical point of view, it’s also tough. I have raced in Silverstone before, so I do know the track well, but nothing compares to this. To drive here in a Formula One car feels completely different, and the speed is incredible. The morning was really good. In the afternoon I used a few new sets of tyres and tried to improve my lap times. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out the way I wanted it to. The track conditions changed, the wind picked up and the circuit was generally slower. Driving a Formula One car today was really good, and I had a lot of fun. But the next step is to really work on improving my lap times.”

source: Sauber F1 Team, sauberf1team.com

Sahara Force India F1 Team

Sahara Force India F1 Team

Young Driver Test, Day Three

Sahara Force India completed a final day of testing at Silverstone as Adrian Sutil and James Calado completed a combined total of 105 laps.

  • Chassis: VJM06-02
  • Laps: Adrian: 99 laps / James: 6 laps
  • Mileage: Adrian: 583 km / James: 35 km
  • Fastest lap: Adrian: 1:33.242 / James: 1:36.451
  • Classification: Adrian: P2 of 16 / James: P14 of 16.

Adrian Sutil: “It was only tyre testing today, but it was interesting to see how the new tyres react. They are a bit easier to handle so the drop-off won’t be as dramatic as we saw in a few races. Silverstone is a good circuit for testing because it’s tough on the tyres and we’ve been able to get all the information we needed this week. It was quite windy so very different from the conditions at the race a few weeks ago, but it was not a big problem. I am happy with today’s work and I think it has been beneficial for the engineers. We learnt a lot and hopefully we can translate it into a top ten performance in Hungary.”

Jakob Andreasen, Chief Race Engineer: “It has been an excellent three days of testing for us. Everything went according to plan and was executed perfectly by the team. We’ve generated all the data we needed and given Pirelli a lot of information on their new tyres. As for the drivers, I want to say a big well done to James Calado. He did a superb job for us and settled in very quickly with the team. We’ve been working with him for a few months during our aero tests, but he was on the top of his game this week and gave us some great feedback. As for the weather conditions, we could not have asked for more. In fact, it was actually a bit tougher because of the heat, but the consistent temperatures over the three days were ideal for testing.”

source: Sahara Force India F1 Team, forceindiaf1.com

09 - Williams F1

Williams F1


Driver: Susie Wolff

  • Chassis / engine: FW35-04 / RS27-5329/3
  • Location: Silverstone International Circuit, 5.891kms/ 3.66 miles
  • Objectives: Aero evaluations and pitstop practice
  • Weather: Dry and sunny
  • Air & track temps: 20-26ºC / 28-45ºC

Xevi Pujolar, Chief Engineer: Susie did a great job for us today. We did some aero tests this morning while she familiarised herself with the car and then we moved onto some performance and development work with her. In the afternoon we combined some general running with live pitstop practice, which is an area we are keen to improve ahead of the next race. We made some good progress and Susie was good at stopping on the mark every time. Overall we have had a successful test, gathering lots of data to take back to the wind tunnel and have some experience to know what to expect from the tyres in Budapest.

Susie Wolff: It was fantastic today. The team did a great job getting me through the day, talking me through everything step by step. In hindsight it would have been good to run the new tyres later in the day after I’d had more time in the car as I don’t think I got the best out of the medium tyres. Physically it wasn’t easy, but it was what I was expecting. I was well prepared so it was completely manageable. My only problem was my seat as I was moving around a little. Doing the pitstops this afternoon was also really beneficial as there is a lot to think about coming into the stops. It was a fantastic experience.

source: Williams F1, williamsf1.com

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Scuderia Toro Rosso


  • Circuit: Silverstone, 5.891 kms
  • Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne Daniil Kvyat
  • Car: STR8 chassis number 01 STR8 chassis number 01
  • Laps: 42 22
  • Best time: 1:33.647 1.35.281

Jean-Eric Vergne: “It’s always good to get extra cockpit time, putting in some miles on new tyres, so from that point of view it was productive. As for the new Pirelli tyres, they behaved well over the three days, as indeed we had expected, with none of the problems myself and others experienced at this track, during the British Grand Prix. That is a positive thing for the rest of the season.”

Daniil Kvyat: “I want to thank Red Bull and Scuderia Toro Rosso for giving me this opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time. It was a really nice feeling, with all that downforce and power. The more laps you do, the more you get used to it and on my last run, I was already trying to push and find the limits. Unfortunately, we lost some time when I made a mistake and ran into the gravel. I’m not sure what happened, I just felt a lack of grip at the rear from the tyres and had snap oversteer.”

Laurent Mekies: “Overall, this has been a positive test for Scuderia Toro Rosso and we completed a total of almost 1,350 kilometres. We ran our two races drivers and three young drivers over the three days, working on the new Pirelli tyres with the former and on car development with the latter. By the end of the test, we have a reasonably high percentage of answers on both these topics. The tyres worked well, but we are aware that you cannot get all the information you need at just one circuit and with the same track conditions throughout. While the first two days went off very smoothly, today was rather more hectic. We lost track time with a car issue in the morning, however by extending Jean-Eric’s running into the afternoon, we were able to complete our tyre programme with him. That meant Daniil’s time at the wheel of the STR8 was reduced. He lost more time, after going off in the gravel and even if the car was not really damaged, it took a long time to clean out, but he managed one final run before the flag.”

source: Scuderia Toro Rosso, tororosso.com

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Team Caterham


  • Silverstone Circuit, UK – Friday 19th July 2013
  • Drivers: Giedo van der Garde (am) / Charles Pic (pm)
  • Chassis: CT03-#05
  • Total laps: Giedo van der Garde 65 / Charles Pic 60
  • Best lap: Giedo van der Garde 1.35.155 / Charles Pic 1.35.576

Giedo van der Garde: “That was a useful morning’s work. 65 laps is quite a bit over a full race distance here and we’ve got through a lot of tyre work so everyone’s pretty pleased with how it went. The runplan meant we were looking at both short and long run tyre performance and we’d targeted about the number of laps we completed, so now we have a lot of new data to work on with Pirelli and our own tyre engineers to see how today can help us in Hungary next week, and for the rest of the year. The main thing for me today was finding out how much more consistent the tyre drop off was on the new sets Pirelli brought to Silverstone – I think that’ll help everyone a bit as it should mean we can push harder in the races, but until we get to run them in a full race weekend it’s still too early to tell completely how they’re going to behave.”

Charles Pic: “Like my teammate I think we’ve had a productive afternoon. We repeated the same plan we ran in the morning and it obviously wasn’t about times today, it was about working with the new Pirelli tyres and evaluating setups that we can work on for Hungary and the rest of the season. I was quite pleased with how consistent the sets we used today have been, the deg levels are certainly lower than the tyres we’ve used so far this year and that should help us.”

source: Team Caterham, caterhamf1.com

Marussia F1 Team logo

Marussia F1 Team

  • Silverstone, UK – Rodolfo Gonzalez, AM & Jules Bianchi PM
  • GONZALEZ MR02-01 P14 1:36.339 24 laps
  • BIANCHI MR02-01 P16 1:36.744 39 laps

The third and final day of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone saw the Marussia F1 Team’s Reserve Driver Rodolfo Gonzalez at the wheel of the MR02 for the morning session and Jules Bianchi in the car this afternoon.

Rodolfo completed the programme he began yesterday, providing him with valuable experience and the Team with an evaluation opportunity for development parts. This afternoon Jules worked his way through the checklist of Pirelli tyre test evaluations but his day was cut short by a mechanical problem which caused him to spin off track. The resulting damage was minimal but with only an hour of the session remaining the Team decided to curtail his session.


Rodolfo Gonzalez #61

“Once again I’ve been very happy to be back in the car as the more mileage and experience I can gather, the better. I’ll be running in FP1 again in Hungary so the work I have done here this week will benefit me for sure. The morning was not entirely smooth as I had a couple of spins out on track; nothing more than perhaps trying to push a little too hard on my performance runs after having focused more on the development work. It has been a good part of the learning curve so I am looking forward to putting this into practice again next week.”

Jules Bianchi #22

“A flying visit to Silverstone for me to conduct the afternoon programme today. I think it was a very useful opportunity to work with the tyres we will use from Hungary onwards and every lap gives us some vital information, so it has been good to be here. It’s a shame we experienced the mechanical problem near the end of the day. It could be fixed, but it would take all of the running time remaining, so we had to cut short our day. Hopefully we have learned a lot this week that will help us next weekend in Hungary.”

John Booth, Team Principal

“After an improved day yesterday we have again encountered a few frustrations today. Rodolfo worked more on performance runs for his development this morning and that has certainly given him more experience of new tyres, something that he doesn’t get to experience during FP1 sessions. We also finished off working on some control system development before returning the car to a standard specification for the Pirelli tyre testing with Jules this afternoon. We completed one test and were about to move on to the second, but unfortunately we suffered a car problem. Jules has gathered valuable data on the hard and medium compounds, which will be useful race information. Unfortunately he didn’t get to complete the programme, including running the soft compound, but we are pleased to have gathered good data for Pirelli and we’re now looking forward to Budapest next week.”

source: Marussia F1 Team, marussiavirginracing.com

Pirelli logo



Review – 2013 Young Driver Test in Silverstone



The Formula One teams tested the range of Pirelli tyres that will be used from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards during a three-day test at Silverstone. As well as giving teams a chance to run young drivers – as the test was officially designated a young driver test – the regular race drivers were also allowed to take part, provided they completed a tyre test according to a run plan specified by Pirelli. By the end of the three-day test, the teams had collected plenty of data that will be useful for the rest of the season. However, with the new tyre specification consisting of the 2012 construction matched to the 2013 compounds, the teams already have a lot of information about the constituent elements of the new tyres – so there were no big surprises.

Testing Quote:

Paul Hembery (Pirelli motorsport director): “We think that everybody achieved their objectives from these three days of running at Silverstone. From our point of view, we made the most of this opportunity to gather data that will help us best meet the needs of the Formula One teams in the future. While modern-day simulation is extremely advanced, there are some things that you can still only find out from running on a track with a representative car, so we would like to thanks all the teams and the governing body for their cooperation in helping us to achieve this. The tyres all ran reliably throughout the three days of the test, although of course you cannot compare the times to those seen in the British Grand Prix because the track conditions and other car parameters were different. The established performance of the 2012 structure, consolidated with the speed of the current compounds, is set to provide an interesting mix of strategies for the races ahead. The teams already have a lot of information about the shape and deformation of this tyre from the previous season, and the three days at Silverstone was useful to assess the effect that this will have on the 2013 cars, with positive results.”

Testing Facts:

The teams are usually allocated 100 sets of tyres per year for testing purposes (although an additional 12 sets were granted for Silverstone) with all the compounds in the range available to test. It is up to the teams to choose the number of sets and compounds they would like to evaluate per test.

In addition to this, a new prototype hard compound was available for testing in Silverstone, for use by the current race drivers only. This harder version of the hard compound was tried out during free practice for the Spanish and British Grands Prix.

Testing Facts:

  • The teams are usually allocated 100 sets of tyres per year for testing purposes (although an additional 12 sets were granted for Silverstone) with all the compounds in the range available to test. It is up to the teams to choose the number of sets and compounds they would like to evaluate per test.
  • In addition to this, a new prototype hard compound was available for testing in Silverstone, for use by the current race drivers only. This harder version of the hard compound was tried out during free practice for the Spanish and British Grands Prix.

Testing numbers:

  • Total number of sets brought to Silverstone: 344 sets which equals 1,376 tyres

– of which soft tyres: 29 sets
– of which medium tyres: 105 sets
– of which hard tyres: 139 sets
– of which prototype hard tyres: 25 sets
– of which intermediate tyres: 30 sets
– of which wet tyres: 16 sets

  • Total amount of sets used: 224

– of which soft tyres: 18 sets
– of which medium tyres: 84 sets
– of which hard tyres: 107 sets
– of which prototype hard tyres: 15 sets
– of which intermediate tyres: 0 sets
– of which wet tyres: 0 sets

  • Longest run:

17 laps on the hard compound
18 laps of the prototype hard compound
16 laps on the medium compound
11 laps on the soft compound

  • Lowest / highest ambient temperature over three days: 19 °C (Day 2)/ 28 °C (Day 1)
  • Lowest / highest track temperature over three days: 27 °C (Day 2/3) / 45 °C (Day 1/3)

Testing Times:

Day 1

1. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1m33.602s Medium New
2. Paul Di Resta (Force India) 1m33.774s Prototype Hard New
3. Antonio Felix Da Costa (Red Bull) 1m33.821s Hard New

Day 2

1. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1m32.972s Medium Used
2. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) 1m33.016s Soft New
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1m33.187s Hard New

Day 3

1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1m32.894s Medium New
2. Adrian Sutil (Force India) 1m33.242s Medium New
3. Nicolas Prost (Lotus) 1m33.256s Medium New

source: Pirelli, pirelli.com

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Renault Sport F1

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