Jerez Day 3: McLaren’s Magnussen fastest as lap times start to get respectable

30 January, 2014

Kevin Magnussen in the  McLaren MP4-29 was fastest of all on day three at Jerez

Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren MP4-29 was fastest of all on day three at Jerez

McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen got his Formula 1 career to the best start possible when he topped the timing sheets at the end of the third day of testing at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain on Thursday, where once again, the Mercedes powered teams prospered while the Renault brigade suffered.

Magnussen’s best time of 1:23.276 was almost a second faster than the top time set 24 hours earlier, and almost five seconds up on the times set on the first day, suggesting that the new V6 turbo cars may eventually match their predecessors. The young Dane set his fastest lap time on Pirelli Mediums, late in the day.

With the team having missed Tuesday running, Button was given the morning stint before handing over to Magnussen. The 2009 World Champion’s best time was good enough for fourth fastest of the day, and together they amassed 92 laps.

Felipe Massa made his Williams debut in the FW36

Felipe Massa made his Williams debut in the FW36

Thus for the second day in succession the McLaren MP4-29 has been fastest of all, with Button having ended the previous day tops, no doubt a much needed boost for the team undergoing some major changes behind the scenes.

It was another day where Mercedes continued to boast the upper hand as the top four cars on the timing screens were powered by the Stuttgart manufacturer.

It was a productive day for Felipe Massa who made his Williams debut on the day, finishing second fastest with 47 laps to his credit in the FW36. His lap was set in the final minutes of the day’s proceedings.

Lewis Hamilton was third fastest in the Mercedes W05

Lewis Hamilton was third fastest in the Mercedes W05

Next up, third quickest, was Lewis Hamilton who managed a solid run of 62 laps in total at the wheel of the Mercedes W05, which would have been more had a transmission issue not brought the day to an early close for the 2008 World Champion.

Fernando Alonso replaced Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari F14T and did 58 laps on his way to the fifth best time, albeit over two seconds down on Magnussen’s best. The Spaniard was also the first to stop out on track with a problem, but was running again, soon afterwards.

Force India returnee Nico Hulkenberg had his first day back at work in the VJM07, but only managed 17 laps and the sixth best time.

Best of the quartet of Renault powered teams was Toro Rosso, with Jean Eric Vergne in the cockpit. The Frenchman managed 30 laps but was 6.6 seconds off the pace. But the day did not end well, as twice in a short space of time the STR9 stopped out on track.

Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F14 T for the first time

Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari F14 T for the first time

Eighth fastest was Adrian Sutil who had his first outing in the Ferrari powered Sauber C33, but he crashed shortly before 15:00.   He ended the day eighth fastest, with 34 laps completed.

Caterham Reserve Driver Robin Frijns did ten laps but did not set a time, while the new Marussia MR02 finally arrived at the circuit but Max Chilton was only able to do three laps.

Once again the problems faced by World Champions Red Bull were the big talking points, as Daniel Ricciardo got his first taste of the RB10, but like his teammate Sebastian Vettel on the previous two days, it was not for long. Ricciardo only managed three laps, as Renault have clearly underestimated the task at hand, and as it stands their V6 turbo engine is the worst of the lot and a big worry to the teams who are dishing out the big bucks for the units. (GP247.com)

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Daniel Ricciardo had a short day in the Red Bull  RB10

Daniel Ricciardo had a short day in the Red Bull RB10

Jerez Test, Day 3 Lap Times – Thursday, 30 January 2014

P Drivers Teams Times Gap Laps
1 K.Magnussen McLaren 1.23.276 52
2 F.Massa Williams 1.23.700 +0.424 47
3 L.Hamilton Mercedes 1.23.952 +0.676 62
4 J.Button McLaren 1.25.030 +1.754 40
5 F.Alonso Ferrari 1.25.495 +2.219 58
6 N.Hulkenberg Force India 1.29.803 +2.820 17
7 J-E.Vergne Toro Rosso 1.29.915 +6.639 30
8 A.Sutil Sauber 1.30.161 +6.885 34
9 R.Frijns Caterham -.–.— +-.— 10
10 D.Ricciardo Red Bull -.–.— +-.— 5
11 M.Chilton Marussia -.–.— +-.— 3

 

Incidents

Drivers Teams Stop Restart
1 F.Alonso Ferrari 11h26 11h44
2 D.Ricciardo Red Bull 11h59 12h18
3 N.Hulkenberg Force India 13h39 13h51
4 A.Sutil Sauber 15h46 16h06
5 J-E.Vergne Toro Rosso 16h17 16h21
6 J-E.Vergne Toro Rosso 16h46 16h50


  • Hawk

    Interesting indeed
    After Whitmarsh’s hardwork

  • WestMclarenMercedes

    Looks like it could be a repeat of 2009 for Jenson Button. The mclaren could be the fastest this year, but to early to judge seeing as how they still have yet to unleash the v6 turbos to full revs. Which looking at what the teams are saying is that jerez is mainly focused on system checks for these completely new cars. Cant wait till bahrain

  • Matthew

    So magnussen is faster then button, massa is faster then bottas, and alonso is faster then kimi. Assuming of course that all things are equal, and given the fact that this is early testing all things will not be equal. Pointless post I know, Im just getting excited about the new season an am thinking out loud. haha

  • Mclaren_Mircea

    It might not be just the british press… When Button left the car before lunch break he was the fastest man on the track, and now Kevin faster on all sectors in the high speed and low speed than Hamilton. That car must be a good one given the fact that such a young man with so limited amount of testing in F1 was faster more than half a second than Hamilton, on the same tyre (medium) and almost the same lap-stint (only one more lap from Hamilton)…
    Like I said last evening… IT MIGHT NOT BE JUST THE BRITISH PRESS…

  • zouzou

    Stop looking into times people, they are meaningless at this point .

  • Krunksoft

    @zouzou….Thank you. Lap times?? They don’t call this TESTING for no reason. C’mon people. We need to be more concerned about reliability right now.

  • fools

    All I am hoping for is NO REGULATIONS being changed to suit RB. If that happens i’ll be upset. So far RB is looking horrible but perhaps there doing this on purpose to alarm Charlie and FIA…just a thought. Lets hope not…

    Alonso for the 2014 WDC.

  • Krunksoft

    @fools – It’s not just Red Bull, it’s every team using a Renault Power Unit having problems. RB don’t even have a running car so the last thing on their minds right now is changing regulations.

  • zouzou

    @Krunksoft actually it’s only red bull

  • Krunksoft

    @zouzou – Doesn’t seem like any of the Renault-powered cars are putting in very many laps compared to the others.

  • stoner (original)

    @matthew
    ‘and Alonso faster than kimi’ GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT
    LOL, don’t you know how to read numbers or is it that in you place a 1m25s lap time is faster than 1m24s.
    JEREZ DAY 2 RESULT
    2 K.Raikkonen Ferrari 1.24.812 +0.647

  • stoner (original)

    KIMI FOR 2014 WDC !!!!

  • Empee

    So where are all of the Debbie Downers who were predicting the end of F1?

  • RBC

    Button needs to get used to Magnussen being 1.5 seconds faster…

  • haha

    Matthew Kimi is always faster, trust me he will prove it once again.

  • crackpipe

    Bye bye to the rein of vettel. Hope he dies in a house fire.

  • delfino

    @crackpipe
    What the hell is wrong with you?! That’s just sick! I dislike Vettel a lot too, but I certainly don’t want him to die, for cryin out loud! Seriously, go get some professional help man, cause you’ve got some major screws loose inside your head.

  • Rikek21

    I see this is very earlier the judge one team better then the other,but i think MP4-29 have good base for 2014 season and looking potential too hope they can improve their car and hope that 2014 season will be great season #BelieveInMclaren

  • Rikek21

    I see this is very earlier to judge one team better then the other,but i think MP4-29 have good base for 2014 season and looking potential too hope they can improve their car and hope that 2014 season will be great season #BelieveInMclaren

  • Oil Rig

    I reckon that they will break into the low 1:22s and in bahrain, they should be only 3-4 seconds adrift of last year’s cars. Go F1 v6 era! :)

  • haha

    Crackpipe you should call yourself crackpot

  • o’ferrari

    @ Crackpipe.

    Vettel may be a douche, I mean, a massive douche. I can’t stand the little weasel, but housefires endanger the neighboring properties and tie up firefighters, paramedics and investigators who could be helping non-douche people.

    I would prefer to see him annihilated by ricciardo :)

  • Hawk

    To those who say lap times not important? Would it not surprise you if a Marussia posted a faster lap time than Ferrari at the end of the day? Do not kid yourselves. Since when has speed ceased to be important in F1?

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