Mercedes Abu Dhabi young driver test Thursday report

Mercedes press release

The third and final day of the Young Driver Test took place in Abu Dhabi today, with Sam Bird rounding off the test programme for MERCEDES GP PETRONAS at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Sam Bird, Mercedes GP
Sam Bird, Mercedes GP

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- The team ran a 2012 exhaust position this morning and collected data to help develop our package for the new regulations
- This afternoon, we returned to a standard car specification and focused on developing the set-up of the car on the soft Pirelli tyre
- The three day programme has been extremely productive and enabled Sam to complete over 1394 kms of running

Sam Bird

"We again had a very good day today and were able to cover a lot of mileage with 104 laps in total. We were focusing on further development work for 2012 which went well and the team are very positive about the results gained. I would like to say thank you to MERCEDES GP PETRONAS for trusting me with the driving responsibilities for this three-day test. It's been a very positive and enjoyable experience for me, and I've greatly enjoyed working with the team."

The test has enabled us to make a good start to our 2012 preparations

Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn

"We have had a very good test in Abu Dhabi this week, and my compliments to Sam and the team at the Yas Marina Circuit for their efforts over the three days. The test has enabled us to make a good start to our 2012 preparations, and provided a wealth of data for our engineers to study. Sam has performed extremely well this week, providing consistency and accuracy in both his driving and feedback, and our engineers in Abu Dhabi have been very impressed with his contribution."

Date: Thursday 17 November 2011
Track: Yas Marina Circuit
Driver: Sam Bird
No of Laps: 104 laps
Best Lap Time: 1:40.897
Kms Covered: 578 kms
Track Length: 5.554 kms
Weather: Sunny

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ross Brawn , Sam Bird
Teams Mercedes
Tags abu dhabi, bird, brawn, mercedes, yas marina