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Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time on the second day of the young driver test at Silverstone on Thursday but the Australian’s quickest lap was set in a Toro Rosso despite running in a Red Bull later in the afternoon.
His time of 1 minute 32.972 seconds was just 0.044 seconds quicker than Carlos Sainz Jr, who ran in the Toro Rosso in the later stint for the Italian team.
Ricciardo was two-tenths adrift from the top time in his quickest lap for Red Bull, in what has been described as an audition for a seat that would be vacated by Mark Webber at the champion team next year.
The 24-year-old also had an off and beached his car just seven laps into his run in the RB9 after he lost the rear on the entry at Luffield, in what he admitted was his mistake.
"I was probably pushing a little too hard,” Ricciardo was quoted saying on the official Formula 1 website. "The gravel was a bit like quicksand - I thought I’d get out but I couldn’t.
“I could see the guys weren’t very busy in the garage so I thought I’d give them a job to do to clean the car!” he laughed.
Ricciardo, who evaluated tyres as per the directives set by the FIA for race drivers to take part in the test, described his day as a “bit of a blur” as he jumped out of one car and into another. His top lap, though, was six-tenths quicker than the fastest time set on the opening day of the test on Wednesday, suggesting that track conditions were improving as teams piled on the mileage.
"I’ll watch Seb’s (Sebastian Vettel) times on Friday and hope he doesn’t put me to shame,” Ricciardo quipped.
Davide Valsecchi was fourth in the Lotus in a programme which included aerodynamic assessments including analysis work on the team’s rear wing ‘Device’.
“I think I got some extra laps in too,” Valsecchi said. “I did miss the pit board for a few laps when the team was trying to call me in as the radio was broken. I stayed out until I thought they were going to throw the pit board at me, then I thought it was better that I came in!”
McLaren was quickest on the opening day but was only fifth, nearly nine-tenths off the pace, on Thursday with Oliver Turvey behind the wheel.
Force India’s James Calado followed ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa in the Red Bull, who completed just 19 laps in a frustrating morning after the RB9 encountered reliability issues.
Davide Rigon was eighth in the Ferrari.
"Once again, we were not looking at lap times, but instead we got through a lot of work to gather data which could help us to improve for the rest of the season," Rigon explained.
Ninth was Williams’ Pastor Maldonado ahead of the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg followed by Daniel Juncadella and Robin Frijns, who spun into the gravel and ended his day earlier than planned.
The spin compounded Sauber’s issues during the day after it lost valuable track time in the morning due to some minor car problems, which was followed by Frijns’ off. Consequently the team could manage only 69 laps – the least for the day.
Williams, in contrast, registered 104 laps in all.
Will Stevens in the Caterham was 13th, completing 98 laps alone, ahead of Paul di Resta and Marussia's Rodolfo Gonzalez.
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