Ricciardo leads Silverstone test

British Formula 3 championship leader Daniel Ricciardo set a blistering pace to top the times in pre-race testing at Silverstone today

Ricciardo leads Silverstone test

The Australian warmed up for the seventh round of the series by lapping the International circuit in a 1m14.470s best, which placed him nearly two tenths of a second clear of the rest of the field.

Ricciardo was one of only a handful of drivers to set his best time in the second session and he was particularly fast in the first and last portion of the circuit. His Carlin team-mate Max Chilton, who claimed pole position for both races on the Grand Prix circuit here back in May, topped the times in the first session and that was good enough to leave him second overall.

Chilton just pipped Hitech's Renger van der Zande, who was quickest of all in the middle part of the lap and set third fastest time overall, 0.051s further back. The Dutchman reported a good feeling with his Dallara-Mercedes, but expects to find more speed in qualifying tomorrow.

By contrast, van der Zande's Hitech team-mate Walter Grubmuller, who is also Ricciardo's nearest title challenger, endured a difficult day at a circuit he has not shown strongly at in the past. He wound up only ninth fastest.

Both of Double R's leading drivers enjoyed decent days at a good circuit for the Woking-based squad. Colombian rookie Carlos Huertas set fourth fastest time, just 0.151s slower than van der Zande, while team-mate Daisuke Nakajima rounded out the top six.

The pair sandwiched Spa winner Adriano Buzaid (T-Sport), who set a time good enough for fourth in session one, on old tyres, but struggled with a set of new rubber later on and did not improve, so he wound up fifth.

Team-mate Wayne Boyd struggled with understeer in his Dallara-Volkswagen as he set seventh fastest time, just under a tenth clear of Fortec's Riki Christodoulou. Carlin's Canadian driver Philip Major produced his strongest pre-race testing performance of the season so far to complete the top 10, which was covered by just over a second.

Pos Driver Team Car Time 1. Daniel Ricciardo Carlin D/V 1m14.470s 2. Max Chilton Carlin D/V 1m14.635s 3. Renger van der Zande Hitech D/M 1m14.686s 4. Carlos Huertas Double R D/M 1m14.837s 5. Adriano Buzaid T-Sport D/V 1m15.059s 6. Daisuke Nakajima Double R D/M 1m15.329s 7. Wayne Boyd T-Sport D/V 1m15.336s 8. Riki Christodoulou Fortec  D/M 1m15.427s 9. Walter Grubmuller Hitech D/M 1m15.488s 10. Philip Major Carlin D/V 1m15.553s 11. Henry Arundel Carlin D/V 1m15.676s 12. Hywel Lloyd CF Racing D/H 1m15.834s 13. Gabriel Dias T-Sport D/H 1m15.935s 14. Daniel McKenzie Fortec D/H 1m16.037s 15. Victor Garcia Fortec D/M 1m16.141s 16. Jay Bridger Litespeed M/H 1m16.857s 17. Stephane Richelmi Barazi Epsilon D/M 1m17.127s 18. Michele Faccin West-Tec D/H 1m17.332s 19. Kevin Chen Double R D/M 1m18.168s 20. Max Snegirev West-Tec D/H 1m18.475s 21. Victor Correa Litespeed S/H 1m19.042s 22. Satrio Hermanto Litespeed S/H 1m19.277s 
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