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