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Ricciardo sets the pace on final day of testing

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Ricciardo enjoyed three days of testing with Red Bull © Sutton Images

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished the young driver test on top, setting the fastest time by 1.3s on day three at Jerez.

Ricciardo has been driving for the team all week, getting experience in the car that won six grand prix last season. He set a time of 1:17.418s but lost some track time towards the end of the day when his car stopped out on track with smoke billowing from the engine.

Paul di Resta was second quickest driving for Force India. An electrical fault in the morning limited his running, but the Briton impressed the team nevertheless.

McLaren's Gary Paffett rounded out the top three with a time just shy of di Resta's. Paffett shared the car with Oliver Turvey, who completed 32 laps and was third fastest in the damp and cooler morning session. Improved track conditions in the afternoon meant he finished the day seventh quickest overall.

Mike Conway was driving the championship winning Brawn for a third consecutive day and finished the session in fourth - his best result this week. He was just quicker than Williams' 2010 driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Bertrand Baguette switched teams from Renault to BMW for the final day of testing and moved up the timesheets to sixth fastest as a result.

"I am very happy with what we did today," he said. "In the morning I was worried because of the weather conditions but, apart from the rain at lunch time, it turned out to be a very nice day and we completed our entire programme. Of course I'm also happy that I managed to get in a good lap time on my very last run despite a lot of fuel on board."

Marcus Ericsson in the Brawn, Lucas di Grassi in the Renault and JR Hildebrand set the eighth, ninth and tenth fastest times respectively.

Ferrari tested the top three drivers from Italian Formula 3, although their times were not directly comparable as they were all out in different track conditions. Nevertheless, Pablo Sanchez was eleventh fastest, ahead of Daniel Zampieri - who spun in the morning and brought out red flags - and Marco Zipoli.

Brendon Hartley and Mirko Bortolotti drove for Toro Rosso but were again among the slowest drivers. Ho-Pin Tung completed just four laps for Renault in wet conditions and was slowest of all.

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