Fourth fastest for Doornbos

At the twisty and narrow Hungaroring, Robert Doornbos again made an good impression in today's Free Practises ahead of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix. By setting a best laptime of 1:23.195, Doornbos finished fourth in the slipstream of Felipe ...

At the twisty and narrow Hungaroring, Robert Doornbos again made an good impression in today's Free Practises ahead of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix. By setting a best laptime of 1:23.195, Doornbos finished fourth in the slipstream of Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella (both Renault).

Robert Doornbos.
Photo by xpb.cc.

After having thrilled many Budapest residents in yesterday's street demo in the city center, Red Bull Racing's test and reserve driver was again behind the wheel of his RB2 today to complete an extensive testing programme. Together with Honda test driver Anthony Davidson, Doornbos maximised his tracktime in the opening session by lapping the 4381 meter long circuit 27 times.

As the track was still somewhat wet after some showers this morning, the team decided to focus on short stints in Free Practise 1 as track conditions improved rapidly. Doornbos collected valuable information about his car's set-up and Michelin's tyres, and meanwhile set a best laptime of 1:23.999 which was good enough for P8.

After lunch, Doornbos immediately continued his busy programme. The 24-year old Dutchman again set a series of fast laps, despite facing some difficulties heating up the tyres due to the low air and track temperature. Over the course of the second session Doornbos tested two new rear wing configurations, as well as continued his tyre evaluation programme.

At the end of the session, Doornbos also simulated a qualifying stint, but could not get the most out of it due to some yellow flags and traffic on his way. But with the time he set in his third flying lap Doornbos was still able to impress. By clocking a 1:23.195, Doornbos finished the day in a superb fourth position.

Robert Doornbos:

"I'm more than happy about what we achieved today. The car seems to do well here. Today we were able to make a lot of mileage and collect valuable data. If the weather remains the same tomorrow and Sunday, we're already pretty sure which tyre to select. Finishing in fourth position today, just behind a Ferrari and two Renaults, is very satisfying!"

-www.robertdoornbos.com-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Anthony Davidson , Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa , Robert Doornbos
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing