Formula 1: Times from Day 2 of the 2013 Young Driver Test at Silverstone

Neil James@NeilosJamesFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 18:  Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the young drivers test at Silverstone Circuit on July 18, 2013 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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The second day of the 2013 Formula One Young Drivers Test took place on Thursday at the Silverstone circuit. Britain is experiencing what passes for a heatwave at the moment, so conditions were again dry and very warm.

As on the first day, 10 teams took part. The only absentees were Mercedes, who were banned from the test for their part in the "secret" Pirelli tyre test back in May.

The big stories of the day were Daniel Ricciardo getting a chance to show Red Bull what he can do, and Davide Valsecchi in the Lotus, hoping to impress potential employers for next year.

A Look Back at Day 1

Day 1 of the test was a reasonably uneventful affair. Several teams suffered minor technical problems, but no one crashed and a total of 749 laps were completed.

The quickest time on the day was 1:33.602, set by Kevin Magnussen for McLaren. Having already done good work in 2012's Young Driver Test, the Dane is still only 20 years old and appears to have a bright future ahead of him.

Another impressive performance came from Red Bull's Antonio Felix da Costa. He set a time two-tenths of a second behind Magnussen and looks likely to get a drive at junior team Toro Rosso next year.

Dutchman Robin Frijns, also hoping for a race seat in 2014, managed a 1:34.236 for Sauber.

Day 2

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The highlight of the day for many was seeing Daniel Ricciardo driving the Red Bull. The Toro Rosso driver is battling Kimi Raikkonen for the second seat with the reigning champions, but he didn't get off to a great start.

After a morning spent testing his current car, he ended up in the gravel at Luffield just seven laps into his first run in the Red Bull.

Not the best audition for a Red Bull drive! #Ricciardo #YDT #redflag pic.twitter.com/7k1BRisOJo

— Kathryn (@Thrinne1) July 18, 2013


Fortunately this is testing, and the car was brought back to the pits on a trailer. Ricciardo ended the day with 59 laps for the team he hopes to join next year.

The other drivers taking part were Paul di Resta, Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg.

Five of yesterday's youngsters got another chance to show what they could do. Da Costa returned to share the Red Bull with Ricciardo, while Frijns shared the Sauber with Hulkenberg.

James Calado spent the morning in di Resta's Force India, Williams' Daniel Juncadella car-shared with Maldonado and Davide Rigon got another full day in the Ferrari.

Of the new faces, the standout name was Valsecchi. The 2012 GP2 champion was (perhaps unfairly, considering the drivers who did make it) overlooked for a race seat this year, but he got a whole day in the Lotus as he sought to put himself firmly in the shop window for 2014.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was another big name, though the size of that particular moniker is down to his legendary father, Carlos Sainz Sr. Toro Rosso gave him a chance to step out from that substantial shadow in the afternoon.

Will Stevens for Caterham, Rodolfo Gonzalez in the Marussia and McLaren's Oliver Turvey completed the day's lineup.

The final results were (courtesy of Sky Sports):

01*Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1:32.97248
02Carlos Sainz Jr.Toro Rosso1:33.01639
03*Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:33.18759
04Davide ValsecchiLotus1:33.55491
05Oliver TurveyMcLaren1:33.86497
06James CaladoForce India1:33.95747
07Antonio Felix da CostaRed Bull1:33.95819
08Davide RigonFerrari1:34.05397
09*Pastor MaldonadoWilliams1:34.11671
10*Nico HulkenbergSauber1:34.22452
11Daniel JuncadellaWilliams1:34.63133
12Robin FrijnsSauber1:34.73117
13Will StevensCaterham1:36.08298
14*Paul di RestaForce India1:36.35641
15Rodolfo GonzalezMarussia1:37.94992

* - denotes race drivers, restricted to tyre testing for Pirelli only.


Just like yesterday (and any other test), solid conclusions are impossible to draw.

Few will have expected Sainz to be the quickest of the youngsters, as he doesn't have a stellar record in the lower formulae. His famous name and sponsor Cepsa might have helped get him here, but looking purely at the times he did a very good job.

Ricciardo posting a quicker time in the Toro Rosso than he did in the Red Bull isn't too surprising. The latter is a significantly better car, but he'd never driven it before today.

McLaren and Ferrari spent the day testing their cars rather than their drivers. Turvey and Rigon don't appear to be F1 prospects, but they're recognised by their teams as quality testers. This approach may give them an advantage over their rivals in the development race.  

Tomorrow's big story will be Susie Wolff becoming the first female driver to do any proper F1 driving since Katherine Legge in 2005.

Also making an appearance will be Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa.


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