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Kevin Magnussen and McLaren have topped the timesheets on the first of three days for Young Driver testing in Abu Dhabi. The son of former Grand Prix driver Jan led the way from the Red Bull of António Félix da Costa and Gary Paffett.
As is always the case with testing, not least this week as the six teams present are experimenting with various fuel loads and new components ahead of America and Brazil, it is somewhat impossible to read into the lap times.
However Magnussen was pleased to hold the bragging rights as his morning time of 1:42.651 led the way. Following a short break, the Dane – who turned 20 just one month ago – handed the car over to Gary Paffett.
Further down the pit lane, Caterham ran reserve driver Giedo van der Garde as GP2 runner-up Luiz Razia starred with Toro Rosso. Lotus and Sauber were the only other two teams present, as some had already tested at Silverstone and Magny-Cours earlier in the season. The Swiss outfit worked with Dutchman Robin Frijns, Formula Renault 3.5 Champion who is also testing with Red Bull this week as a reward for picking up that title.
Unlike with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend, this week’s testing takes place in full daylight conditions for eight hours per day.
Yas Marina testing continues on Wednesday at 9am local time (GMT +4)
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