Date Friday January 31 2014
Driver Kevin Magnussen
Location Circuito de Jerez
Track length 4.428km
Km covered 487
Best laptime 1m 30.806s at 16:32
Programme Kevin Magnussen returned to the cockpit for his second session in the car – his first full day behind the wheel of MP4-29.
An overnight rain shower meant the morning started cold and wet. The team capitalised on the conditions, electing to run a wet-weather programme that gave Kevin the opportunity to gain experience on both the Intermediate and Full Wet tyres. It also supplied the engineers with data about the behaviour of the power unit in the wet.
While the morning rain quickly abated, today’s cooler conditions meant that the track never fully dried, rendering laptimes slower than in previous days. Nonetheless, Kevin racked up an extremely impressive 110 laps, giving both himself and the team further insight into the behaviour of the power unit and chassis across a range of dynamic conditions.
Kevin brought his day to a slightly premature end, getting the car onto a wet kerb at Turn 10, losing traction and oversteering into the wall. However, with the incident occurring just 10 minutes before the end of the day’s running, and with MP4-29 sustaining only relatively minor damage, the impact to the day’s programme was minimal.
Kevin was unhurt in the accident.
Jerez testing times – Friday January 31
1 Felipe Massa Williams 1m 28.229s 86 laps
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m 29.145s 115 laps
3 Daniel Juncadella Force India 1m 29.457s 81 laps
4 Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1m 30.806s 110 laps
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1m 30.822s 41 laps
6 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m 32.222s 25 laps
7 Adrian Sutil Sauber 1m 36.571s 69 laps
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1m 36.951s 92 laps
9 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1m 43.193s 54 laps
10 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m 44.016s 9 laps
11 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1m 45.374s 7 laps
What’s next We return to MTC having completed 1084 laps of Jerez, and armed with terabytes of data to analyse. This will be pored over ahead of our next test, in Bahrain, between February 19 and 22. The current run-programme has Kevin driving for the opening two days before handing over to Jenson.
Test dates Four days (January 28-31)