F1 – 2012 Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

TEST REPORT: Abu Dhabi – day one

Date                 Tuesday November 6 2012

Drivers             Kevin Magnussen (am)/Gary Paffett (pm)

Location           Yas Marina Circuit

Track length     5.554km

Laps                 40 (Kevin)/44 (Gary)

Km covered      222/244

Best laptime     1m42.651s

Programme      The morning’s session was spent acclimatising Kevin Magnussen to his first run in a Formula 1 car. That meant a focus on a suite of gradual set-up changes, firstly to introduce Kevin to the behaviour of a grand prix car under different mechanical influences, but also to fine-tune the car’s set-up to his personal preference. The team were impressed with the Dane’s progress and aptitude. He completed 40 laps/222km.

Gary Paffett undertook the afternoon’s running, undertaking a challenging programme primarily focusing on evaluating a wide number of aerodynamic and suspension developments – either for imminent use in the final two races, or for future development for next year’s car. He completed 44 laps/244km.

Gary’s large workload also required a consistent baseline, meaning he drove without the benefit of DRS and some way below the limit in order to eliminate unwanted variables.


What’s next      Gary concludes his running tomorrow morning after the team completes a number of larger mechanical changes overnight. Oliver Turvey starts a similar programme in the afternoon.


Test dates        Three days (November 6-9)

Pos      Driver                           Constructor                              Best time          Laps

1          Kevin Magnussen         Vodafone McLaren Mercedes   1m42.651s        40

2          Antonio Felix da Costa  Red Bull Racing                        1m42.717s        79

3          Gary Paffett                  Vodafone McLaren Mercedes   1m43.407s        44

4          Robin Frijns                  Sauber                                      1m43.775s        78

5          Nicolas Prost                Lotus-Renault                            1m44.194s        55

6          Luiz Razia                     Scuderia Toro Rosso                 1m44.691s        67

7          Giedo van der Garde     Caterham                                  1m45.936s        57

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