Another lovely day at Silverstone, slightly down in temperature from yesterday, but still far warmer than the Brits are used to. Another full day of testing by all the teams allowed, with plenty of new drivers getting their first taste of F1. So what was different then?

da Costa waiting and watching (photo: Octane Photography)
Da Costa waiting and watching – Photo: Octane Photography

First up – the times

  1. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:32.972, 48 laps
  2. Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso, 1:33.016, 39 laps
  3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:33.187, 59 laps
  4. Davide Valsecchi, Lotus, 1:33.554, 91 laps
  5. Oliver Turvey, McLaren, 1:33.864, 97 laps
  6. James Calado, Force India, 1:33.957, 47 laps
  7. Antonio Felix Da Costa, Red Bull, 1:33.958, 19 laps
  8. Davide Rigon, Ferrari, 1:34.053, 97 laps
  9. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:34.116, 71 laps
  10. Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, 1:34.224, 52 laps
  11. Daniel Juncadella, Williams, 1:34.631, 33 laps
  12. Robin Frijns, Sauber, 1:34.731, 17 laps
  13. Will Stevens, Caterham, 1:36.082, 98 laps
  14. Paul Di Resta, Force India, 1:36.356, 41 laps
  15. Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia, 1:37.949, 92 laps.

As always, read very little into the times! The race drivers were running to parameters to complete tyre tests and many of the others, such as Rigon at Ferrari, were being used on strict programmes to test new parts. The teams use the tests for parts and developments, rather than just a focus on drivers.

And yes, there are two Ricciardo’s on the time list. He spent the morning with his usual team, then jumped into Red Bull for his audition!

What else was happening?

    • Race drivers continued to be removed from the timetable, with Maldonado only making a morning appearance, despite flying all the way back from home for the test. With the tight parameters, most teams are deciding it is better to test parts with Young Drivers rather than be restricted in what they can do
Ferrari with their aero test big fin  (photo: Octane Photography)
Ferrari with their aero test big fin – Photo: Octane Photography
    • Talking of Maldonado, he reported after his stint that the tyres appear to be a step forward in consistency, but are not necessarily any quicker. He was also asked about his plans for the future and appears to be happy staying at Williams, thinking that they have great opportunities ahead.
    • One other thing that teams seem to do at these tests is test the younger members of the engineering teams. Many of them have different people on the pit walls, running the cars, a chance for them to be trained up, etc.
Ricciardo heads out in the Red Bull  (photo: Octane Photography)
Ricciardo heads out in the Red Bull – Photo: Octane Photography
    • Yesterday, we only had one mystery red flag. Today, we had another one of those, but the good luck could not last. Not one, but two drivers had offs today. The first was Frijns in the Sauber, a driver error leaving him in the gravel. The second – surprisingly – was Ricciardo in the Red Bull – not the best start to an audition for a new role. This lead to immediate and widespread commentary on Twitter that he had completely blown his chances with the senior team. I wouldn’t be so quick to judge – there’s a lot of data to be looked at before a full assessment can be made.
One of today's 3 red Flags  (photo: Octane Photography)
One of today’s 3 red Flags – Photo: Octane Photography
  • With Lotus relentlessly teasing Mercedes with their on-car hashtag #whereisRoscoe, Hamilton responded today with a tweet and a (badly) photoshopped image of Roscoe tyre testing by sitting on them. Fair play to him for joining in the banter!
Lotus asking #whereisRoscoe  (photo: Octane Photography)
Lotus asking #whereisRoscoe – Photo: Octane Photography