Magnussen tops opening day at Silverstone
|2.||P. di Resta||1:33.774|
|3.||A. Felix da Costa||1:33.821|
17 July 2013 – Kevin Magnussen set the pace as the Young Driver Test got underway at Silverstone on Wednesday. The McLaren tester, who amassed 100 laps en route to a best time of 1:33.602 in the final half an hour, placed 0.172 seconds ahead of Force India's Paul di Resta, with Red Bull junior driver António Félix da Costa occupying third.
In stark contrast to the British Grand Prix weekend, testing action commenced amid clear blue skies and pleasant track temperatures. GP2 driver James Calado – on duty for Force India in the morning – and Félix da Costa were the early pace-setters, the former coming out on top by nearly half a second as the unofficial lunch break arrived.
Calado remained at the head of the timesheets for a significant portion of the day, with only three drivers going faster. The first of those was Formula Renault 3.5 racer Félix da Costa, before di Resta and series rival Magnussen, whose Medium-tyre effort was two tenths slower than the fastest lap posted by Mark Webber during this year's race, made improvements.
Williams tester Daniel Juncadella, who was hindered by car repairs in the morning, wound up fifth at the end of his maiden test in an up-to-date Formula 1 car, just ahead of Toro Rosso's Johnny Cecotto Jr. Robin Frijns was next up in seventh, the Dutchman making set-up strides throughout the day after failing to appear for the first two hours.
Nicolas Prost, who will now also run on Friday after Lotus withdrew Kimi Räikkönen from its testing schedule, finished eighth on the timing screens, while Ferrari's Davide Rigon and Caterham reserve Alexander Rossi rounded out the top ten. Marussia's Tio Ellinas and Max Chilton brought up the rear, the latter being affected by an ECU issue.
All teams bar Ferrari will run different drivers on the second day of the test, during which Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo will get his coveted outing in the Red Bull RB9, described by team boss Christian Horner as a "great opportunity" to prove his worth.
Testing resumes at the Silverstone circuit at 9am local time (GMT +1) on Thursday