TEST REPORT: Abu Dhabi – day three

Date                 Thursday November 8 2012

Drivers             Oliver Turvey (am)/Kevin Magnussen (pm)

Location           Yas Marina Circuit

Track length     5.554km

Laps                 44 (Oliver)/51 (Kevin)

Km covered      244/283

Best laptime     1m42.827s (Kevin)

Programme      The final day of testing at Abu Dhabi continued the trend seen on Tuesday and Wednesday: namely, a series of detailed performance runs to assess the effects of some large, overnight mechanical changes.

Oliver Turvey continued our evaluation of a new front wing during the morning’s session, providing the team with some extremely useful feedback and data. In the afternoon, Kevin Magnussen returned to the cockpit following his first run in MP4-27 on Tuesday morning. The Dane concluded his run by running through a series of mechanical balance changes aimed at unlocking tyre performance.

Kevin clocked sufficient mileage this week to be able to apply for an F1 Superlicence.

Following the test’s conclusion, sporting director Sam Michael said:

“This week’s test in Abu Dhabi was extremely useful for the team Gary, Oliver and Kevin all drove with great discipline to enable us to gather a considerable amount of data, collectively racking up more than 1500km.

“In addition, all three days were trouble-free, which is a great testament to the ongoing resolve of our mechanics and engineers, many of whom have been away from home for several weeks, and who travel directly on to the USA for the final two races of the season. They are a credit to our team.

“Gary and Oliver are outstanding team players and continue to deliver strongly for us. In Kevin’s case, his pace, consistency and engineering feedback were all excellent. Given his performance, he certainly didn’t look like a guy who had never turned a wheel in a modern F1 car before the start of this week!”

Test dates        Three days (November 6-9)

Pos      Driver                           Constructor                              Best time          Laps

1          Davide Valsecchi          Lotus                                        1m42.677s        86

2          Kevin Magnussen         Vodafone McLaren Mercedes   1m42.827s        51

3          Esteban Gutierrez          Sauber                                      1m43.093s        80

4          Robin Frijns                  Red Bull Racing                        1m43.233s        53

5          Oliver Turvey               Vodafone McLaren Mercedes   1m43.604s        44

6          Luiz Razia                     Scuderia Toro Rosso                 1m45.286s        68

7          Alexander Rossi            Caterham                                  1m46.485s        86