• Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test

Magnussen top on first day for McLaren

ESPN Staff
November 6, 2012
Kevin Magnussen was less than 0.1s clear of Antonio Felix da Costa's Red Bull © Sutton Images

Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time of the opening day of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

Driving for McLaren in the morning session, Magnussen was the busiest driver as he completed 40 laps with a best time of 1:42.651. He edged out Antonio Felix da Costa by just 0.066s before handing over the McLaren to Gary Paffett for the afternoon session, and said that his running had been "not easy ... but I felt comfortable with the car".

Magnussen and da Costa's Red Bull were over three quarters of a second clear of the rest, as da Costa completed the most laps over the whole day with 79. Paffett set the third quickest time with his last lap having taken over the MP4-27 from Magnussen, ending with a best of 1:43.407.

Robin Frijns was fourth on a 1:43.775, and Sauber appeared to be testing a similar rear wing device to the Lotus solution seen at previous races as Frijns focused on familiarising himself with a Formula One car during 78 laps at the wheel.

Nicolas Prost was fifth quickest for Lotus with a 1:44.194 set late in the day as a number of short runs were carried out following a red flag caused by Luiz Razia with ten minutes remaining.

Razia was sixth for Toro Rosso in a 1:44.691, while Giedo van der Garde was slowest having spent the morning running aero tests, with a transition vortex rake on the left side of the car to look at airflow from the front wing. The aero tests continued in to the afternoon and van der Garde only improved in the closing stages to a 1:45.936.


Driver Car Time Laps
1. Kevin Magnussen McLaren MP4-27 1:42.651 40
2. Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull RB8 1:42.717 79
3. Gary Paffett McLaren MP4-27 1:43.407 44
4. Robin Frijns Sauber C31 1:43.775 78
5. Nicolas Prost Lotus E20 1:44.194 55
6. Luiz Razia Toro Rosso STR7 1:44.691 67
7. Giedo van der Garde Caterham CT01 1:45.936 57