The Young Driver Test in Numbers

Last week, ten teams took to the track at Silverstone for three days of running at the Young Driver Test. Mercedes were the notable absentees after their ban for their role in Pirelli’s tyre test after the Spanish Grand Prix. The test was an opportunity for young drivers, in terms of little Grand Prix experience, to get behind the wheel. However, because of the recent problems Pirelli have encountered with their tyres, current race drivers were allowed to take part, but in a restricted role. Testing of new components and parts was prohibited for race drivers, but they were allowed the chance to test new Pirellis. Read on for a comprehensive breakdown of the laps and lap-times that made up the test.

Lap-times by day (per driver)

Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Combined Driver Lap-times


Fastest to Slowest (by driver)


Fastest to Slowest (by team)


Nationalities Represented



Laps completed (by dayYDTlapsperday)

Laps completed (by team)


Laps completed (by driver)














Drivers in Attendance

There were ten current race drivers present at the test, with others such as Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen scheduled to take part but pulling out. Sebastian Vettel led the way for Red Bull, setting the fastest time of the test on day three but less than a tenth clear of Daniel Ricciardo. Riccardo appeared for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso, on what was regarded as an audition for the available Red Bull seat, and he impressed with his times. Other 2013 race drivers in attendance included Pastor Maldonado, Nico Hulkenberg, Jules Bianchi and Charles Pic.

Red Bull, Ferrari, Force India, Sauber, Williams, Marussia, Toro Rosso and Caterham all had at least one 2013 race driver present while McLaren and Lotus left it completely to their test drivers. Both Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta got running in the Force India, as did Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso. James Calado (Force India) and Davide Rigon (Ferrari) both appeared on all three days of the test.


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