McLaren's Magnussen set the best time of the day at Bahrain

Kevin Magnussen: “It’s a dream every time I get in the car..."

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 Magnussen, McLaren MP4-29 running sensor equipment
Kevin Magnussen, McLaren MP4-29 running sensor equipment

Photo by: XPB Images

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.

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