Kevin Magnussen goes fastest on McLaren debut

Jerez Day 3 in a Nutshell

Times

  1. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren – 1:23.276
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:23.700
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.952
  4. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:25.030
  5. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:25.495
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:29.803
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso – 1:29.915
  8. Adrian Sutil – Sauber – 1:30.161
  9. Robin Frijns – Caterham – No Time Set
  10. Max Chilton – Marussia – No Time Set
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – No Time Set

Laps

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 62
  2. Fernando Alonso – 58
  3. Kevin Magnussen – 52
  4. Felipe Massa – 47
  5. Jenson Button – 40
  6. Adrian Sutil – 34
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne – 30
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – 17
  9. Robin Frijns – 10
  10. Max Chilton – 5
  11. Daniel Ricciardo – 3

Red Flags – 6
Total number of laps completed – 341 (36.9% of 2013’s third day total)

Kevin Magnussen has topped the third day of the first pre-season test. The rookie driver took over from Jenson Button for the afternoon, and completed 52 laps on the way to the fastest time of the day – and the test – with a 1:23.276.

Felipe Massa got proceedings on the third day off to the start, in his first run with his new team. He was joined out on track in his Williams by Caterham’s new test driver Robin Frijns and his former team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was getting his first go in the F14-T. Jean-Eric Vergne got Toro Rosso up and running, after Daniil Kvyat was forced to sit out the whole day yesterday. Frijns stalled on his return to the pit-lane, bringing the Caterham to a halt.

The first lap-time of the day was a 1:53.181 from Vergne, with times soon dropping to the 1:30s and then the 1:20s. Another driver making his debut for his new team was Adrian Sutil. He got some solid running in before a crash towards the end of the day which caused him to lose his front wing. He revealed afterward that his tyres had lost a lot of temperature on the lap where he crashed, resulting in the car ‘snapping’ and him going off. Alonso caused the first red flag of the day when he stopped out on track. Just over half an hour later the second red flag caused another delay, this time for the smoky Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. The team, who had problems on their first two days, have only accumulated 11 laps from two days of running. For Red Bull it was another disappointing end to the day, with Ricciardo’s first run in the car totaling only three laps.

Elsewhere, Nico Hulkenberg got his first laps on his return to Force India. He brought out the third red flag of the day. After topping the times in the morning, Button handed over the MP4-29 to Magnussen in the afternoon for his first taste of it. Magnussen’s first lap-time as a fully fledged Formula One driver was a 1:31.936 which he soon improved to a 1:29. In the afternoon, Max Chilton gave Marussia its track debut. The car arrived yesterday afternoon after a technical hitch resulted in it being delayed leaving the factory. Chilton completed five laps in the MR03 but set no time as the team shook down the car.

Lewis Hamilton took over the top spot with a 1:23.9 after another healthy amount of laps completed for Mercedes. When Magnussen put on the medium tyres he went fastest of anyone and ended th day top of the pile. Sutil’s aforementioned crash brought out the fourth red flag of the day, followed by Vergne with the fifth. He got going again but came to a stop just half an hour later causing the sixth and final red flag.

The fourth and final day of testing in Jerez will take place tomorrow.

Collective laps so far (by driver):

  1. Nico Rosberg – 97
  2. Jenson Button – 83
  3. Lewis Hamilton – 80
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – 78
  5. Esteban Gutierrez – 60
  6. Fernando Alonso – 58
  7. Kevin Magnussen – 52
  8. Sergio Perez – 48
  9. Felipe Massa – 47
  10. Jean-Eric Vergne – 45
  11. Valtteri Bottas – 42
  12. Adrian Sutil – 34
  13. Nico Hulkenberg – 17
  14. Marcus Ericsson – 12
  15. Sebastian Vettel – 11
  16. Robin Frijns – 10
  17. Max Chilton – 5
  18. Daniel Ricciardo – 3

Collective laps so far (by team):

  1. Mercedes – 177
  2. Ferrari – 136
  3. McLaren – 135
  4. Sauber – 94
  5. Williams – 89
  6. Force India – 65
  7. Toro Rosso – 45
  8. Caterham – 22
  9. Red Bull – 14
  10. Marussia – 5

Collective laps so far (by engine supplier):

  1. Mercedes – four teams – 466
  2. Ferrari – three teams – 235
  3. Renault – three teams – 81
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