TMclaren logo 3est report – Silverstone day one

Date                 Wednesday July 17 2013

Driver               Kevin Magnussen

Location           Silverstone Grand Prix

Track length     5.891km

Laps                 101

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