Magnussen fastest on day one of Abu Dhabi Young Driver test for McLaren

The morning’s session was spent acclimatising Kevin Magnussen to his first run in a Formula 1 car.

That meant a focus on a suite of gradual set-up changes, firstly to introduce Kevin to the behaviour of a grand prix car under different mechanical influences, but also to fine-tune the car’s set-up to his personal preference.

The team were impressed with the Dane’s progress and aptitude. He completed 40 laps/222km.

Gary Paffett, McLaren Test Driver
Gary Paffett, McLaren Test Driver

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Gary Paffett undertook the afternoon’s running, undertaking a challenging programme primarily focusing on evaluating a wide number of aerodynamic and suspension developments – either for imminent use in the final two races, or for future development for next year’s car.

He completed 44 laps/244km.

Gary’s large workload also required a consistent baseline, meaning he drove without the benefit of DRS and some way below the limit in order to eliminate unwanted variables.

Gary concludes his running tomorrow morning after the team completes a number of larger mechanical changes overnight. Oliver Turvey starts a similar programme in the afternoon.

Pos Driver Constructor Best time Laps
1 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1m42.651s 40
2 Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull 1m42.717s 79
3 Gary PaffettMcLaren 1m43.407s 44
4 Robin Frijns Sauber1m43.775s 78
5 Nicolas ProstLotus-Renault1m44.194s55
6 Luiz Razia Scuderia Toro Rosso1m44.691s67
7 Giedo van der GardeCaterham 1m45.936s57

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giedo van der Garde , Gary Paffett , Oliver Turvey , Luiz Razia , Nicolas Prost , Antonio Felix da Costa , Robin Frijns , Kevin Magnussen
Teams Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Toro Rosso
Article type Testing report
Tags abu dhabi, kevin, magnussen, mclaren, yas marina, young driver