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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


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