Magnussen sets pace on day three at Jerez

By on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time for McLaren on the third day of action at Jerez.

The Dane's time of 1:23.276, set late in the day, was enough to pip Williams's Felipe Massa.

Magnussen only ran during the afternoon but completed 51 laps, to add to the 40 managed by team-mate Jenson Button during the morning session. The 2009 world champion ended the day with the fourth fastest time.

Lewis Hamilton ended up with the third fastest time, having completed 62 laps in the Mercedes W05 without any major problems.

Fernando Alonso stepped into the Ferrari F14 T for the first time, although his running was briefly halted when his car ground to a halt during the morning session.

Nico Hulkenberg received his first running in the Force India and completed 17 laps, with his car stopping at turn six during the afternoon.

Jean-Eric Vergne completed 28 laps in the Toro Rosso STR9 before he stopped just after the pit exit. The Frenchman returned to the track half an hour later but stopped within metres of the pit exit.

Adrian Sutil tested the Sauber C33 for the first time and completed 34 laps before he appeared to lose control and crash exiting the hairpin.

Caterham gave track time to their new reserve driver Robin Frijns, who completed 10 laps and only suffered a minor problem when his CT05 stopped at the pit entry on his first installation lap. The Dutchman ran with #46, although this was simply allocated to him rather than it being a personal choice.

Marussia finally debuted their MR-03 after a lengthy delay, with Max Chilton taking the car out for a couple of installation laps late in the afternoon.

It was another disastrous day for reigning world champions Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel managed only 11 laps across the opening two days of the test and new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo didn't make it out of the garage until late in the morning. When he did, he lasted just half a lap before the RB10 stopped with smoke trailing from its car. Ricciardo completed another two laps before lunch, but the team packed up prematurely. Their woes mean that the RB10 has completed just 14 laps - none of them competitive - across three full days of testing.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeLaps
120Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1.23.27651
219Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1.23.70047
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1.23.95262
422Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1.25.03040
514Fernando AlonsoFerrari1.25.49558
627Nico HülkenbergForce India-Mercedes1.26.09617
725Jean-Éric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1.29.91528
899Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1.30.16134
946Robin FrijnsCaterham-RenaultNo time10
104Max ChiltonMarussia-FerrariNo time5
113Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-RenaultNo time3

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