Date Wednesday July 17 2013
Driver Kevin Magnussen
Location Silverstone Grand Prix
Track length 5.891km
Km covered 595
Best laptime 1m33.602s
Programme Formula 1’s annual Young Driver Test kicked off at a sunny Silverstone today, with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes represented by three of its test and development drivers; Kevin Magnussen (Wednesday), Oliver Turvey (Thursday), and Gary Paffett (Friday).
For Danish driver Kevin, it was his second outing behind the wheel of a McLaren – he took part in last November’s Young Driver Test at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The engineering team spent the morning conducting investigative work into aerodynamic car changes and evaluating Pirelli rubber, with the 20-year-old completing a number of longer stints.
This afternoon, Kevin undertook more long runs, continuing the team’s focus on aero and tyre evaluation. He also took the opportunity to acclimatise himself to the MP4-28’s cockpit controls.
Speaking at the end of the day, Kevin said:
“This is the first time I’d driven at Silverstone in a Formula 1 car, and it was a fantastic experience. We covered a lot of mileage – almost two race distances – and, given there isn’t a great deal of testing these days, that opportunity was invaluable.
“The process of providing feedback to the engineers about the car, and testing new set-ups can only make me a stronger driver. I have to thank Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for giving me this opportunity, and I’m going to apply everything I’ve learned today.
“Getting a taste in the car only makes me more hungry to one day realise my ambition of racing in the highest level of motorsport. Without a doubt I learnt a great deal today.”
What’s next With Kevin having concluded his programme, Oliver takes over for tomorrow, concentrating on a number of different areas of development.
Test dates Three days (July 17-19)
Pos Driver Constructor Best time Laps
1 Kevin Magnussen Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m33.602s 101
2 Paul di Resta Force India 1m33.774s 59
3 Antonio Felix Da Costa Red Bull Racing 1m33.821s 83
4 James Calado Force India 1m33.986s 28
5 Daniel Juncadella Williams 1m34.098s 56
6 Johnny Cecotto Scuderia Toro Rossa 1m34.193s 77
7 Robin Frijns Sauber 1m34.236s 73
8 Nicolas Prost Lotus 1m34.816s 73
9 Davide Rigon Ferrari 1m34.874s 77
10 Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m35.651s 70
11 Tio Ellinas Marussia 1m36.676s 37
12 Max Chilton Marussia 1m38.347s 28