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Red Bull 'close to perfect' - Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo was delighted to drive the RB6 of his compatriot © Getty Images

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo said it had been 'cool' to take part in the season-ending young driver test in Abu Dhabi after the young Australian finished on top of the time sheets for two days in succession.

Driving Mark Webber's Hungarian Grand Prix winning Red Bull RB6, Ricciardo set a fastest lap time of 1:38.102, a full 1.3 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel's grand prix pole time.

It was the first time 21-year-old had driven a Formula One car since last year's young driver test.

"It was cool to do this test and great to get so close to the big boys times from the weekend! It's very rare to get a perfect car, but I have to say this is very close," said Ricciardo.

"It's a pleasure to drive it, you brake and you turn and the car does everything as you imagine it would. I think I got most of my nerves out of the way before last year's test, so I was more relaxed this time, although you are always a little nervous getting into the car on day one. We did more long runs today (day two), which went well - it's been a great two days and it would be fantastic to get the chance to drive in Formula One full-time."

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