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Sainz quickest youngster as Vettel tops final day of young driver test

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

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Sebastian Vettel topped the final day of the Silverstone test for Red Bull Racing whilst it was Carlos Sainz, Jr. who placed highest on the timing screens out of the youngsters in the same car, settling into fourth.

Vettel had the car to himself in the afternoon and set the early benchmark of 1:32.894, which remained unbeaten for the remainder of the final day of testing.

Another regular driver, Force India’s Adrian Sutil, was second, three tenths down on Vettel. Nicolas Prost was just 0.014 off of Sutil, taking third for Lotus.

Sainz ended another day as the top driver from junior single-seaters, taking fourth. The two Ferrari drivers followed suit, with Davide Rigon bumping Felipe Massa down to sixth with 20 minutes to go.

Toro Rosso’s regular driver Jean-Eric Vergne placed seventh, while McLaren’s development driver Gary Paffett rounded out the list of people who went quicker than 1 minute 34 seconds.

Williams test driver Susie Wolff beat Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde to ninth by 0.5 seconds. Daniil Kvyat got his first run in an F1 car with Toro Rosso, taking 11th with a short evening run. Other Caterham regular Charles Pic took 12th, with Kimiya Sato 13th for Sauber and Marussia tester Rodolfo Gonzalez in 14th, having brought out a red flag with a spin in the morning.

James Calado, who got a short six-lap stint in the very final stages of the test, was 15th for Force India, with Jules Bianchi rounding out the timesheets, also having brought out a red flag, stopping on-track.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:32.984 79
2 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:33.242 +0.348 99
3 Nicolas Prost Lotus 1:33.256 +0.362 82
4 Carlos Sainz, Jr. Red Bull 1:33.546 +0.652 35
5 Davide Rigon Ferrari 1:33.624 +0.698 19
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.639 +0.730 69
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:33.647 +0.753 42
8 Gary Paffett McLaren 1:34.924 +1.400 77
9 Susie Wolff Williams 1:35.093 +2.199 89
10 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1:35.155 +2.261 85
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.281 +2.387 22
12 Charles Pic Caterham 1:35.576 +2.682 60
13 Kimiya Sato Sauber 1:35.642 +2.748 67
14 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia 1:36.339 +3.445 24
15 James Calado Force India 1:36.451 +3.557 6
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:36.774 +3.850 39