F1: Magnussen fastest on day three

F1: Magnussen fastest on day three

Formula 1

F1: Magnussen fastest on day three


McLaren’s rookie Kevin Magnussen topped the third day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez as the Mercedes teams continued to dominate.

Magnussen’s teammate, Jenson Button, set the pace earlier in the day and his 1m25.030s effort stood until mid-way through the afternoon. But after three red flags – caused by Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull and the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg – Lewis Hamilton moved to the top for Mercedes.

The 2008 world champion’s 1m23.952s lap was the quickest of the week so far, surpassing Button’s day two best, but another red flag almost immediately halted proceedings again after Adrian Sutil crashed his Sauber approaching Turn 7. After a fifth stoppage, for Jean-Eric Vergne’s stranded Toro Rosso, there was around 40 minutes left of the session.

Magnussen, who had only taken over from Button with two and half hours of running remaining, then went out on Pirelli’s medium tire. He set two laps good enough to topple Hamilton, the best being 1m23.276s.

Williams continued its fine testing form with second, Felipe Massa setting a 1m23.700s in the closing minutes to also move ahead of Hamilton.

With Fernando Alonso’s best on mediums, set early in the afternoon, only being 1m25.495s, it meant the top four drivers were all Mercedes powered. Once again, the German marque also looked good in terms of mileage, Hamilton covering 62 laps, while McLaren’s MP4-29 managed 92 with Button’s and Magnussen’s stints combined.

Force India struggled to get many laps in, Hulkenberg only completing 17 between issues, but a late run allowed him to claim sixth-fastest time.

Once again, the Renault teams struggled. Ricciardo only managed three laps before Red Bull gave up running once again, while Robin Frijns also failed to complete a flying lap for Caterham.

Only Vergne set a lap time in a Renault-powered car – his 1m29.915s being comfortably the best Renault time of the week so far – but the Toro Rosso caused two red flags and managed only 30 laps.

Before his crash, Sutil had continued racking up the mileage for Sauber, albeit some way off the pace of the front-runners.

Marussia’s new car appeared for the first time. The squad was happy to complete a successful installation lap with Max Chilton, but the MR03 failed to set a flying lap.

Pos Driver             Team                  Time        Gap     Laps
 1. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m23.276s            52
 2. Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m23.700s   +0.424s  47
 3. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m23.952s   +0.676s  62
 4. Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.030s   +1.754s  40
 5. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m25.495s   +2.219s  58
 6. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m26.096s   +2.820s  17
 7. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m29.915s   +6.639s  30
 8. Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m30.161s   +6.885s  34
 9. Robin Frijns       Caterham-Renault      No time           -  10
10. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      No time           -   3
11. Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      No time           -   5

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