McLaren logoTest report – Bahrain day two

Date                 Thursday February 20 2014

Driver               Kevin Magnussen

Location           Bahrain International Circuit (5.412km)

Laps/km           46/249

Best laptime     1m34.910s


Programme      Kevin’s second day of testing in Bahrain started falteringly after the team encountered an IT issue that required much of the day to rectify. The team only began uninterrupted running in mid-afternoon, but quickly put the programme back on track, logging 46 laps, completing a series of tyre evaluations over several long-runs, and completing a live pitstop practice.

Kevin set the best time of the day, and the fastest of the test so far, on Supersoft Pirellis at the end of the day. He said: “It’s a dream every time I get in the car: it’s just so cool to be here and to be driving. I’m really enjoying it.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get too many laps done this morning, but it was good to get some laps done at the end of the day. The afternoon was good for us, and we worked through our problems.

“The team is doing a great job to help me: they’re giving me really good guidance and making me feel confident. There’s a lot of discussion about laptimes, and it feels good to get some good times recorded, but winter testing is just that – testing. It isn’t about times.

“We’re still learning a lot about the car. We have four more days of testing next week and there’s still a lot of work to do. I’m sure everything up and down the pitlane will change a lot between now and Australia.

1 Kevin Magnussen      McLaren Mercedes       1m 34.910s       46 laps

2 Nico Hulkenberg         Force India                    1m 36.445s       59 laps

3 Fernando Alonso        Ferrari                           1m 36.516s       97 laps

4 Nico Rosberg             Mercedes AMG             1m 36.965s       85 laps

5 Valtteri Bottas            Williams                        1m 37.328s       116 laps

6 Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham                      1m 39.855s       66 laps

7 Sebastian Vettel         Red Bull Racing            1m 40.340s       59 laps

8 Jean-Eric Vergne        Scuderia Toro Rosso     1m 40.609s       58 laps

9 Esteban Gutierrez       Sauber                          1m 40.717s       55 laps

10 Romain Grosjean      Lotus                            1m 41.670s       18 laps

11 Max Chilton              Marussia                       1m 42.511s       17 laps


What’s next      Jenson takes over for the final two days. He continues the programme begun by Kevin – namely, running through some aero evaluations before focusing on set-up and balance changes over the course of a long-run.

Test dates        Four days (February 19-22)