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Sutil leads early on Silverstone Friday test

Jul 19, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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The early leader in the third day of the young driver test in Silverstone is, like yesterday, not a “young driver” but instead one of the current 22 on the Formula One grid: Force India’s Adrian Sutil. The German has turned in a best lap of 1:33.421 thus far.

Three other race drivers had time in the morning session with Felipe Massa turning laps for Ferrari, Jean-Eric Vergne for Toro Rosso and Giedo van der Garde in the Caterham.

Carlos Sainz Jr. led the young driver contingent as could be expected given he’s in a Red Bull. Nicolas Prost is back for Lotus on the day Kimi Raikkonen had been planned to drive.

Four other testers posting laps this morning included Kimiya Sato (Sauber), Susie Wolff (Williams), Gary Paffett (McLaren) and Rodolfo Gonzalez (Marussia).

Wolff, notably, is the first female tester in F1 since Maria de Villota last year for Marussia. De Villota’s straight line tests, unfortunately, ended with an accident that produced serious head and facial injuries.

A female driver last attempted to qualify for a Grand Prix in 1992. Giovanna Amati made three attempts for Brabham that year but did not qualify.

More to follow later this afternoon.