Félix da Costa sets fast lap at Young Drivers' 2nd day in Abu Dhabi testing

For the second day of Formula One’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, Red Bull Junior driver António Félix da Costa returned to the cockpit of the RB8 for his final outing at the Yas Marina Circuit. And with a point to prove, the young Portuguese driver set the day’s fastest lap, clocking a time of 1:42.679.

António’s day was again split into sessions of aero and mechanical work, with the morning given over to aero mapping and the afternoon to tyre work as well the testing of some car components.

Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull Racing Test Driver
Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull Racing Test Driver

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Of his final day at this test António said: “It’s been another good day. Again, we did a lot of mileage, which is good for me and for the team. On a day like this, when the conditions are perfect for testing, and with two grands prix to go, I think the team needs to make the most of it and today I think we did that.

“It’s been a great experience and I’d like to thank the whole team for their help and I hope I have been able to help them as well,” he added. “I’ll focus now on the future and I think most sensibly that probably means a full season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series next year.”

With António’s work done, the final day of the Young Drivers’ Test will see Formula Renault 3.5 Series winner Robin Frijns take over at the wheel of the RB8.

Pos Driver Constructor Best time Laps
1 Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull Racing 1m42.679s 61
2 Oliver Turvey Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m43.176s 62
3 Edoardo Mortara Lotus 1m43.418s 75
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m43.486s 93
5 Gary Paffett Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m43.771s 41
6 Johnny Cecotto Jr Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m44.569s 76
7 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m46.106s 72

Times are unofficial

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Johnny Cecotto , Giedo van der Garde , Gary Paffett , Oliver Turvey , Esteban Gutierrez , Edoardo Mortara , Antonio Felix da Costa , Robin Frijns
Teams Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Toro Rosso
Article type Testing report
Tags abu dhabi, featured, red bull, renault, testing, yas marina circuit