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.

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren MP4-29
Kevin Magnussen, McLaren MP4-29

Photo by: XPB Images

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

Test 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

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