Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Jerez, 2014

Magnussen top on debut as Red Bull woe continues

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Will Wood

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Jerez, 2014McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen impressed on his first day’s testing at Jerez by setting the fastest time of the week so far to top the time sheets on day three.

It was a productive session for McLaren and Mercedes, with both Button and Magnussen completing almost 100 laps between them over the course of the day.

But it was another disastrous day for Red Bull and Renault, with Daniel Ricciardo breaking down on his very first lap out of the pits and the team forced to abandon their programme early.

There was plenty of early activity with six cars emerging from the pits within the first half hour. Fernando Alonso completed his first laps of Jerez in the Ferrari F14 T whilst carrying a sizeable aero rake along the left side of the car.

After a difficult week, Caterham appeared to be experiencing yet more difficulties in the morning, with Robin Frijns?s Renault-engined CT05 audibly spluttering into the pits on more than one occasion.

Alonso and Hamilton provided the majority of the early on track running, with Mercedes completing a series of lengthy runs.

The notably larger track side crowd were likely disappointed to see Alonso?s Ferrari slowing to a stop to bring out the red flags for the first time. The F14 T was quickly recovered to the pits and Alonso lost only a moderate amount of time before returning to the track around an hour and a half later.

But Ferrari weren?t the only team to experience apparent difficulties. Having suffered a well-publicised energy recovery issue yesterday, Red Bull?s week seemed to go from bad to worse when Ricciardo?s very first lap of the week came to a smokey end half way around the circuit. Although Red Bull recovered the car, Ricciardo managed only two more laps before the team abandoned all running for the day, citing mechanical issues.

There were problems too for Force India, who suffered their second stoppage in two days when returning driver Nico Hulkenberg ground to a halt at turn five.

After a lull in the on-track action around two o?clock, Jenson Button handed over control of the MP4-29 to his rookie-team mate Magnussen for the remainder of the day?s running. The Danish rookie wasted no time and immediately began lapping around the 1?28s.

Lewis Hamilton looked to make up for lost time following his Tuesday afternoon wing failure and lowered the fastest laptime to a 1’23.952 – the fastest time of the week up to that point.

With just over an hour to go, Adrian Sutil triggered the fourth stoppage of the day after crashing his C33 at the exit of the Dry Sac hairpin. The Sauber did not run again for the remainder of the day.

Magnussen found a break in a spate of late red flags – including two stoppages for Jean-Eric Vergne at the pit lane exit – to further lower the best time of the session to 1’23.276. The top four times of the day were all set by Mercedes-powered cars.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’23.276 52
2 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’23.700 47 0.424
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 1’23.952 62 0.676
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’25.030 40 1.754
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F14 T 1’25.495 58 2.219
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’26.096 17 2.820
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’29.915 30 6.639
8 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’30.161 34 6.885
9 Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault CT05 10
10 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari MR03 5
11 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault RB10 3

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