McLaren logoTest report – Jerez day four

Date                 Friday January 31 2014


Driver               Kevin Magnussen


Location           Circuito de Jerez


Track length     4.428km


Laps                 110


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)