Ricciardo Ends Jerez Rookie Test As Fastest Man
Daniel Ricciardo helped his chances of getting the Scuderia Toro Rosso second race seat by ending the final day of rookie testing in Jerez as the fastest driver at the wheel of the Red Bull.
The young Australian is being speculated as driving with Toro Rosso, the Red Bull junior team instead of Jaime Alguersuari in 2010.
Paul di Resta had another satisfying day slipping the Force India into second, ahead of Gary Paffett and Mike Conway.
New Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg put in over 100 laps on his way to 5th, in front of Betrand Baguette who made his Sauber debut on the day in which they were confirmed to have a grid slot. Consistent performances from the Belgian must help his chances of a possible race or test role within the Hinwil based team.
11th to 13th were Ferrari youngsters, while Brendon Hartley and Mirko Bortolotti ended the day almost last for Toro Rosso only beating Ho-Pin Tung who only completed 4 laps in the Renault.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Ricciardo Red Bull 1m17.418s 77 2. Di Resta Force India 1m18.736s + 1.318s 53 3. Paffett McLaren 1m18.746s + 1.328s 59 4. Conway Brawn 1m19.096s + 1.678s 77 5. Hulkenberg Williams 1m19.226s + 1.808s 106 6. Baguette Sauber 1m19.356s + 1.938s 70 7. Turvey McLaren 1m19.358s + 1.940s 32 8. Ericsson Brawn 1m19.382s + 1.964s 49 9. Di Grassi Renault 1m19.602s + 2.184s 123 10. Hildebrand Force India 1m19.873s + 2.455s 41 11. Sanchez Ferrari 1m21.147s + 3.650s 39 12. Zampieri Ferrari 1m21.279s + 3.861s 42 12. Zipoli Ferrari 1m21.725s + 4.307s 41 13. Hartley Toro Rosso 1m22.493s + 5.075s 50 15. Bortolotti Toro Rosso 1m23.271s + 5.853s 34 16. Tung Renault 1m32.477s + 15.059s 4