Date Tuesday November 6 2012
Drivers Kevin Magnussen (am)/Gary Paffett (pm)
Location Yas Marina Circuit
Track length 5.554km
Laps 40 (Kevin)/44 (Gary)
Km covered 222/244
Best laptime 1m42.651s
Programme The morning’s session was spent acclimatising Kevin Magnussen to his first run in a Formula 1 car. That meant a focus on a suite of gradual set-up changes, firstly to introduce Kevin to the behaviour of a grand prix car under different mechanical influences, but also to fine-tune the car’s set-up to his personal preference. The team were impressed with the Dane’s progress and aptitude. He completed 40 laps/222km.
Gary Paffett undertook the afternoon’s running, undertaking a challenging programme primarily focusing on evaluating a wide number of aerodynamic and suspension developments – either for imminent use in the final two races, or for future development for next year’s car. He completed 44 laps/244km.
Gary’s large workload also required a consistent baseline, meaning he drove without the benefit of DRS and some way below the limit in order to eliminate unwanted variables.
What’s next Gary concludes his running tomorrow morning after the team completes a number of larger mechanical changes overnight. Oliver Turvey starts a similar programme in the afternoon.
Test dates Three days (November 6-9)
Pos Driver Constructor Best time Laps
1 Kevin Magnussen Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m42.651s 40
2 Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull Racing 1m42.717s 79
3 Gary Paffett Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m43.407s 44
4 Robin Frijns Sauber 1m43.775s 78
5 Nicolas Prost Lotus-Renault 1m44.194s 55
6 Luiz Razia Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m44.691s 67
7 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m45.936s 57