Kevin Magnussen top on first test morning

Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time of the morning on the opening day of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

Driving for McLaren for the morning session, Magnussen was the busiest driver as he completed 40 laps with a best time of 1:42.651s. He edged out Antonio Felix da Costa by just 0.066s and will now hand over the McLaren to Gary Paffett for the afternoon session.

Magnussen and da Costa’s Red Bull were well clear of the rest, with Nicolas Prost third for Lotus with a 1:45.318s.

Lotus is expected to test its rear wing device that it has yet to race at some point this week, but it did not make an appearance this morning.

Sauber appeared to be testing a similar rear wing device to the Lotus solution, with Robin Frijns setting the fourth quickest time having spent the first hour and a half completing installation laps.

Luiz Razia was fifth for Toro Rosso in a 1:46.793, while Geido van der Garde was slowest having spent the morning running aero tests, with a transition vortex rake on the left side of the car to look at airflow from the front wing.

Times Driver Car Time Laps
1. Kevin Magnussen McLaren MP4-27 1:42.651 40
2. Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull RB8 1:42.717 33
3. Nicolas Prost Lotus E20 1:45.318 27
4. Robin Frijns Sauber C31 1:45.878 36
5. Luiz Razia Toro Rosso STR7 1:46.793 35
6. Giedo van der Garde Caterham CT01 1:48.193 32

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