McLaren logoTest report – Bahrain day one

Date                 Thursday February 27 2014

Driver               Kevin Magnussen

Location           Bahrain International Circuit (5.412km)

Laps/km           109/590

Best laptime     1m37.825s


Programme      For the final test of the pre-season, our drivers will spend alternate days in the cockpit of MP4-29, providing them with equal opportunity to sample the new components that will be fitted to the car for the last two days of the test.

Consequently, Kevin Magnussen drives Thursday and Saturday, with Jenson driving Friday and Sunday.

Without any new parts to evaluate, the first two days of running will focus on mileage and reliability: Kevin spent the morning in Bahrain undertaking a series of short, set-up runs. After the lunchbreak, he completed a full-race distance, and fitted in some further set-up work.

The engineers also took the opportunity to run through a series of prove-outs, testing the car while running it on the pitlane speed-limiter, and doing practice starts.


1 Sergio Perez              Force India                    1m 35.290s       105 laps

2 Valtteri Bottas            Williams                        1m 36.184s       128 laps

3 Kimi Raikkonen          Ferrari                           1m 36.432s       54 laps

4 Nico Rosberg             Mercedes AMG             1m 36.624s       89 laps

5 Adrian Sutil                Sauber                          1m 37.700s       89 laps

6 Kevin Magnussen      McLaren Mercedes       1m 37.825s       109 laps

7 Daniel Ricciardo         Red Bull Racing            1m 37.908s       39 laps

8 Max Chilton                Marussia                       1m 38.610s       44 laps

9 Daniil Kvyat                Scuderia Toro Rosso     1m 39.242s       56 laps

10 Pastor Maldonado    Lotus                            1m 40.599s       31 laps

11 Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham                      1m 42.285s       19 laps


What’s next      Jenson takes over, running a near-identical programme to today – focusing on set-up work and long-runs

Test dates        Four days (February 19-22)