Formula 1s annual Young Driver Test kicked off at a sunny Silverstone today, with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes represented by three of its test and development drivers; Kevin Magnussen (Wednesday), Oliver Turvey (Thursday), and Gary Paffett (Friday).For Danish driver Kevin, it was his second outing behind the wheel of a McLarenhe took part in last Novembers Young Driver Test at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.The engineering team spent the morning conducting investigative work into aerodynamic car changes and evaluating Pirelli rubber, with the 20-year-old completing a number of longer stints. This afternoon, Kevin undertook more long runs, continuing the teams focus on aero and tyre evaluation. He also took the opportunity to acclimatise himself to the MP4-28s cockpit controls.
Speaking at the end of the day, Kevin said:This is the first time Id driven at Silverstone in a Formula 1 car, and it was a fantastic experience. We covered a lot of mileagealmost two race distancesand, given there isnt a great deal of testing these days, that opportunity was invaluable.
"The process of providing feedback to the engineers about the car, and testing new set-ups can only make me a stronger driver. I have to thank Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for giving me this opportunity, and Im going to apply everything Ive learned today.
Getting a taste in the car only makes me more hungry to one day realise my ambition of racing in the highest level of motorsport. Without a doubt I learnt a great deal today. Whats next With Kevin having concluded his programme, Oliver takes over for tomorrow, concentrating on a number of different areas of development. Test dates Three days (July 17-19)
1. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1m33.602s 100 laps2. Paul di Resta Force India 1m33.774s +0.172s 583. Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull 1m33.821s +0.219s 824. James Calado Force India 1m33.986s +0.384s 275. Daniel Juncadella Williams 1m34.098s +0.496s 556. Johnny Cecotto Toro Rosso 1m34.193s +0.591s 757. Robin Frijns Sauber 1m34.236s +0.634s 728. Nicolas Prost Lotus 1m34.810s +1.208s 729. Davide Rigon Ferrari 1m34.874s +1.272s 7610 Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m35.651s +2.049s 6911 Tio Ellinas Marussia 1m36.676s +3.074s 3612 Max Chilton Marussia 1m38.347s +4.745s 27