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Silverstone day two - Ricciardo finishes first and third 18 Jul 2013

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Davide Valsecchi (ITA) Lotus F1.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Oliver Turvey (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 James Calado (GBR) Force India VJM06 in his pit box.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Davide Rigon (ITA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Will Stevens (GBR) Caterham CT03.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013

Daniel Ricciardo led the way for Toro Rosso at Silverstone on Thursday as this week’s young driver test - with race drivers allowed to participate for tyre testing purposes only - continued at the British Grand Prix circuit.

After clocking the fastest morning time in the STR8, Ricciardo switched to sister team Red Bull and after surviving an early trip into the gravel recovered to set the day’s third fastest time in the RB9. The Australian is being considered as a 2014 replacement for the departing Mark Webber.

“It was good today but very busy, so it’s still a bit of a blur,” he said. “I did quite a few laps this afternoon, so I’m happy with that. I had a small off but otherwise it was a trouble-free day. The off was my mistake, I just lost the rear on the entry. It was a good opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience two different beasts today. In terms of the inevitable speculation, I think this test is something for Red Bull to look at, but there’s still the rest of the season with Toro Rosso to do, so I’ll switch my focus back to that and won’t get too caught up in any rumours.”

Second fastest was another driver in a Toro Rosso, Spanish hopeful Carlos Sainz Jr, who after getting his first taste of Formula One power will also get to sample the Red Bull on Friday.

“Driving the car was an incredible feeling and this track helped, because if there is one circuit where you are really going to feel you are in a Formula One car, it’s Silverstone,” said Sainz. “As for my impressions of the car, everything about it was amazing, but if I had to pick on one aspect it would be the car’s agility and the way it can change direction at 300 km/h. That’s something I had never experienced before and it was the most impressive thing for me.”

Fourth place went to Lotus third driver Davide Valsecchi, assisting the team with development of their passive double DRS ‘device’, ahead of McLaren tester Oliver Turvey, Force India hopeful James Calado and occasional Red Bull reserve Antonio Felix da Costa, who was limited to 19 laps thanks to an overnight technical problem on the RB9.

Eighth spot fell to Davide Rigon, the Italian driver continuing aero work for Ferrari, with Pastor Maldonado ninth for Williams, who also gave more track time to Spanish DTM star Daniel Juncadella, 11th.

Nico Hulkenberg was on track for Sauber’s tyre testing programme and ended the day tenth, two places up on the team’s Dutch reserve driver, Robert Frijns, who completed only one flying lap before ending his session in the gravel.

“The work on the Pirelli tyres was quite successful,” commented Hulkenberg. “I have a good feeling on them. I now I look forward to going to Budapest to see how competitive we are.”

Caterham racing academy member Will Stevens finished 13th on his first day in an F1 car. Paul di Resta, testing tyres for Force India, and Marussia reserve Rodolfo Gonzalez completed the timesheet.

Testing concludes at Silverstone on Friday.

Unofficial Thursday test times from Silverstone:
1. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:32.972, 48 laps
2. Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso, 1:33.016, 39 laps
3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:33.187, 59 laps
4. Davide Valsecchi, Lotus, 1:33.554, 91 laps
5. Oliver Turvey, McLaren, 1:33.864, 97 laps
6. James Calado, Force India, 1:33.957, 47 laps
7. Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull, 1:33.958, 19 laps
8. Davide Rigon, Ferrari, 1:34.053, 97 laps
9. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:34.116, 71 laps
10. Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, 1:34.224, 52 laps
11. Daniel Juncadella, Williams, 1:34.631, 33 laps
12. Robin Frijns, Sauber, 1:34.731, 17 laps
13. Will Stevens, Caterham, 1:36.082, 98 laps
14. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:36.356, 41 laps
15. Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia, 1:37.949, 92 laps

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