Kevin Magnussen on top of Young Driver Test, Day 1

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