Rookie Magnussen leads day 3
Kevin Magnussen topped the chart at the end of the third day of pre-season F1 testing at Jerez. The 21-year-old Danish rookie drove the McLaren-Mercedes car in the afternoon, when he set the fastest time of 1:23.276. The F.Renault 3.5 reigning champion, son of the former F1 driver Jan – who made his GP debut with a McLaren-Mercedes in 1995 – completed 52 laps. His team-mate Jenson Button set the pace in the morning and continued the work he began the day before, following Tuesday’s non-running.
This was a big day for me. I had butterflies in my stomach and had trouble sleeping last night. – Magnussen said – I’m a rookie, and I was just excited to get in the car. Equally, however, this doesn’t feel like my first day at work: I know everybody at McLaren, so I really felt at home.
The first red flag of the day came out when the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, who made his first on-track appearance of the season, stopped on track. Spaniard managed 58 laps on new F14 T. Red Bull RB10 problems continued today as Daniel Ricciardo completed just three laps. Felipe Massa confirmed the good shape of the Williams FW36 and ended with the second best lap of the day, 0.424 down from Magnussen. Behind him the other Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Niko Hulkenberg, who spent his first day at the wheel of the VJM07 Sahara Force India, completed 17 laps because of some technical issue, but claimed the sixth fastest time. Behind him finished the Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso.
An accident ended the day an hour early for Adrian Sutil, who crashed at Turn 7 after managing 34 laps with the Sauber-Ferrari. Towards the end of the session we did a few installation laps. On the last one the tyres lost a lot of temperature, it caught me by surprise when I accelerated out of the corner, shifting up from third to fourth on a straight line, and suddenly the car snapped and I went off. It’s all repairable but it will be a long night. – Sutil explained.
Ferrari-powered Marussia made its debut with Max Chilton completing some installation laps such as the Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault that suffered a power unit problem after lunch.
Jerez de la Frontera SPA, January 30th 2014
1. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:23.276, 52 laps
2. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes FW36 – 1:23.700, 47 laps
3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:23.952, 62 laps
4. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:25.030, 40 laps
5. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari F14 T – 1:25.495, 58 laps
6. Nico Hulkenberg – Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07 – 1:26.096, 17 laps
7. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 – 1:29.915, 30 laps
8. Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – 1:30.161, 34 laps
9. Robin Frijns – Caterham-Renault CT05 – nt, 10 laps
10. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari MR03 – nt, 5 laps
11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault RB10 – nt, 3 laps