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Silverstone day one - Magnussen on top for McLaren 17 Jul 2013

Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM06.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 James Calado (GBR) Force India VJM06.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Robin Frijns (NDL) Sauber C32.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Nicholas Prost (FRA) Lotus E21 and aero sensor.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Davide Rigon (ITA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day One, Wednesday, 17 July 2013

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen set the pace as a mix of familiar drivers and promising young racers took to the track at Silverstone on Wednesday for the first of three days of testing.

The 20-year-old Dane, whose father Jan raced for McLaren in 1995, lapped in 1m 33.602s late in the afternoon session to edge Force India’s Paul di Resta for the fastest time of the day.

Magnussen completed 54 laps in the MP4-28 in the morning session and held the ninth quickest time as the teams paused for lunch. He completed a further 46 laps in the afternoon session and went quickest of all when his car was fitted with medium compound tyres in the final hour of the day.

“This is the first time I’d driven at Silverstone in a Formula One car, and it was a fantastic experience,” said Magnussen. “We covered a lot of mileage - almost two race distances - and, given there isn’t 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.”

Di Resta assumed Force India driving duties at lunchtime, taking the seat vacated by James Calado who’d impressively topped the morning session in what was his first proper Formula One outing. The Scot added a further 58 laps to Calado’s 27 and briefly held the quickest lap time of the day - a 1m 33.774s on soft tyres - only to see his effort eclipsed by Magnussen.

“Getting to drive a Formula One car was a lifetime ambition and even coming to the track this morning was quite emotional,” said Calado. “It was a completely different experience from what I am used to in GP2 but it took only a few laps to get a hold of it. I was able to set some sensible lap times and to give quite accurate feedback on the tyres within ten laps, which was quicker than I expected."

Third quickest on the day, and just ahead of Calado, was Red Bull junior team member Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese youngster completed 82 laps over the course of the day and will remain in the RB9 on Thursday morning.

Daniel Juncadella made up for a frustrating morning by clocking the fifth best effort of the opening day for Williams, the 22-year-old Spaniard’s early running having been disrupted by repairs to his FW35. The team were nonetheless delighted with his efforts.

"We are really pleased with Dani today," said Williams chief engineer, Xevi Pujolar. "He adapted to the team and the car very quickly, and was straight up to speed with all the procedures. In terms of consistency, Dani drove clean laps and made no mistakes so we’re really happy with him.

"We were doing some aero development work this morning running lots of sensors on the car but we had a few problems getting everything to work together which meant we didn’t complete all the runs we wanted to. We now plan to do some more laps with him tomorrow afternoon to complete the programme including some longer runs to see how he can adapt."

Johnny Cecotto Junior, who set the sixth best time, was delighted with his 75 lap run for Toro Rosso:

“It has been another amazing experience, having another day working with Toro Rosso, who made me feel very comfortable in the team and in the car,” he said.

“It really confirmed my desire to try and get into Formula One, especially as I felt the car was much more suited to my driving style than the GP2 machines. We managed to get through what was quite an ambitious programme of tests and being able to work on the car development programme was very interesting.

“I really enjoyed working with all the guys again during what was a very enjoyable day for me.”

Sauber’s Robin Frijn’s, Lotus’s Nicolas Prost and Ferrari’s Davide Rigon filled places seven to nine on the timesheets with Caterham’s American racer, Alex Rossi, posting the tenth best time of the day.

The 21-year-old Californian, who drove the CT03 in Montreal practice earlier this year, was pleased with his day’s work, despite ending early because of a hydraulic issue: “It’s been a productive day and I think we’re all pleased we’ve completed such a good number of laps,” he said.

“Obviously for me today was another piece of the F1 jigsaw, adding more experience of the 2013 car on top of the Canadian GP FP1 session I did in June, but really my main priority was helping the team continue the push towards the cars ahead. After the installation lap we were straight into the program, running through a number of test items in both the morning and afternoon sessions that will help the team in the coming races.

“We didn’t have any reliability issues until late in the day when we had a hydraulics problem and that unfortunately meant I didn’t have a chance to put in a really quick lap, but we were still able to complete most of the day’s plan and that’s good, for the team and for me as it means we have both got pretty much everything we could from day one of the test.”

Marussia rounded out the timesheets on Wednesday with GP3 frontrunner Tio Ellinas marginally ahead of regular driver Max Chilton. A delay with an ECU problem meant Chilton only got on track in the final hour of the afternoon session, completing 27 laps as he tested Pirelli’s revised tyres.

Unofficial Wednesday test times from Silverstone:
1. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1:33.602, 100 laps
2. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:33.774, 58 laps
3. Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull, 1:33.821, 82 laps
4. James Calado, Force India, 1:33.986, 27 laps
5. Daniel Juncadella, Williams, 1:34.098, 55 laps
6. Johnny Cecotto Jr, Toro Rosso, 1:34.193, 75 laps
7. Robin Frijns, Sauber, 1:34.236, 72 laps
8. Nicolas Prost, Lotus, 1:34.810, 72 laps
9. Davide Rigon, Ferrari, 1:34.874, 76 laps
10. Alexander Rossi, Caterham, 1:35.651, 69 laps
11. Tio Ellinas, Marussia, 1:36.676, 36 laps
12. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1:38.347, 27 laps

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