Mercedes press release
Two days after the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula One's Young Driver Test began at the Yas Marina Circuit this morning. GP2 driver Sam Bird is driving for MERCEDES GP PETRONAS at the test and had the first of his three days in the car today.
- The team ran 2011 Pirelli tyres throughout the day whilst working on some development items for 2012
- A transmission issue cost some running time in the morning, however the lost time was recovered in the afternoon session
- Having used the team's simulator extensively, Sam was quickly up to speed, and showed impressive pace and consistency - The team plan to start evaluating the 2012 Pirelli tyres tomorrow
"We did some good work today as the team began on-track preparations for the 2012 season. It's fantastic to be behind the wheel of a Formula One car again, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself out there. I'm looking forward to the next two days and making a contribution to the team's work for 2012. Many thanks to MERCEDES GP PETRONAS for giving me this opportunity."
Date Tuesday 15 November 2011
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Driver Sam Bird
No of Laps 53 laps
Best Lap Time 1:43.548
Kms Covered 294 kms
Track Length 5.554 kms