McLaren's Magnussen focusing on mileage and reliability on today's test at Bahrain

Tomorrow Jenson Button takes over, running a near-identical programme to today – focusing on set-up work and long-runs.

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.

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren F1
Kevin Magnussen, McLaren F1

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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.

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

Fast Facts:
Date: Thursday February 27 2014
Driver: Kevin Magnussen
Location: Bahrain International Circuit (5.412km)
Laps/km: 109/590
Best laptime: 1m37.825s

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

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Kimi Raikkonen , Nico Rosberg , Pastor Maldonado , Kamui Kobayashi , Adrian Sutil , Sergio Perez , Daniel Ricciardo , Max Chilton , Valtteri Bottas , Kevin Magnussen , Daniil Kvyat
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Force India , Toro Rosso , Williams
Article type Testing report
Tags bahrain test, kevin magnussen, mclaren