Sam Bird rounds off test programme for MERCEDES GP

DAY THREEDate Thursday 17 November 2011 Track Yas Marina Circuit Driver Sam Bird

No of Laps 104 laps Best Lap Time 1:40.897 Kms Covered 578 kms Track Length 5.554 kms

Weather Sunny

The third and final day of the Young Driver Test took place in Abu Dhabitoday, with Sam Bird rounding off the test programme for MERCEDES GPPETRONAS at the Yas Marina Circuit.- The team ran a 2012 exhaust position this morning and collected datato help develop our package for the new regulations- This afternoon, we returned to a standard car specification andfocused on developing the set-up of the car on the soft Pirelli tyre- The three day programme has been extremely productive and enabled Samto complete over 1394 kms of runningSam Bird"We again had a very good day today and were able to cover a lot ofmileage with 104 laps in total. We were focusing on further developmentwork for 2012 which went well and the team are very positive about theresults gained. I would like to say thank you to MERCEDES GP PETRONASfor trusting me with the driving responsibilities for this three-daytest. It's been a very positive and enjoyable experience for me, andI've greatly enjoyed working with the team."Ross Brawn"We have had a very good test in Abu Dhabi this week, and my complimentsto Sam and the team at the Yas Marina Circuit for their efforts over thethree days. The test has enabled us to make a good start to our 2012preparations, and provided a wealth of data for our engineers to study.Sam has performed extremely well this week, providing consistency andaccuracy in both his driving and feedback, and our engineers in AbuDhabi have been very impressed with his contribution."