Australia's ex-karting champion Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing Formula 1 reserve driver) sets quickest time in every session in Abu Dhabi!
RICCIARDO QUICKEST AGAIN IN F1 TESTS
Daniel Ricciardo completed an impressive showing in this week’s F1 young driver tests, setting the quickest time in every session in Abu Dhabi. The 21 year-old Perth born racer – who was quickest overall yesterday– once again finished this afternoon’s session fastest, with a time seven tenths of a second quicker than Renault’s Jerome D'Ambrosio.
As Red Bull Racing reserve driver, Daniel was one of few drivers who had the opportunity to complete a second full day of running in the F1 car today. The 2009 British F3 champion certainly made the most it, setting the quickest time in this morning’s session by over a second from Ferrari reserve driver Jules Bianchi.
Continuing to work with the championship winning Red Bull team, Daniel improved even further in the afternoon to set a time 1.3 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel’s pole position in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday. Although the track is thought to have improved by nearly 1.5 seconds due to an increased level of rubber on track, Daniel’s consistently impressive performance has marked him out as the young driver to watch by the F1 fraternity.
“I’m not sure what this test will mean for next year, but I know even more now that this is where I want to be. Whether I might be in F1 next year or the following, I will do everything to make sure it happens and I think this test has probably helped me.
“I feel like I’ve had a really eventful season and now with the F1 test over I can step back a bit; I’ve done what I can. It’s been an amazing experience and I hope I can repeat it again soon.”
Daniel will get one more taste of F1 machinery before Christmas with a demonstration of the Red Bull car in his home town of Perth next weekend.