Testing in Jerez (Day Four)

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Fourth and final day of first winter test; Heavy rain overnight followed by morning drizzle; Red Bull still seeking a fix for RB10 after just 14 laps on first three days. Live on Sky here.

Today’s line-up:

Caterham – Kamui Kobayashi
Ferrari – Fernando Alonso
Force India – Daniel Juncadella
Marussia – Jules Bianchi
McLaren – Kevin Magnussen
Mercedes – Nico Rosberg
Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo
Sauber – Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso – Daniil Kvyat
Williams – Felipe Massa

UPDATE!

Jerez Day Four timesheet @ 11.30am UK time
1. Alonso, Ferrari, 1:35.334, 42 laps; 2. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:36.951, 91 laps; 3. Magnussen, McLaren, 1:38.391, 43 laps; 4. Massa, Williams, 1:39.256, 33 laps; 5. Juncadella, Force India, 1:41.132, 32 laps; 6. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1:43.193, 40 laps; 7. Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:44.016, 8 laps; 8. Sutil, Sauber, 1:44.224, 42 laps; 9. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:45.374, 7 laps; 10. Bianchi, Marussia, 1:48.192, 5 laps;

UPDATE 2!

Jerez Day Four timesheet @ 1.25pm UK time
1. Magnussen, McLaren, 1:33.677, 75 laps; 2. Alonso, Ferrari, 1:35.334, 71 laps; 3. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:36.951, 91 laps; 3. 4. Massa, Williams, 1:38.239, 41 laps; 5. Juncadella, Force India, 1:39.631 38 laps; 6. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1:43.193, 53 laps; 7. Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:44.016, 8 laps; 8. Sutil, Sauber, 1:44.224, 43 laps; 9. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:45.374, 7 laps; 10. Bianchi, Marussia, 1:48.192, 5 laps;

UPDATE 3!

Jerez Day Four timesheet @ 2.15pm UK time
1. Alonso, Ferrari, 1:31.551, 81 laps; 2. Juncadella, Force India, 1:31.578 52 laps; 3. Magnussen, McLaren, 1:32.260, 87 laps; 4. Massa, Williams, 1:36.069, 50 laps; 5. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:36.492, 10 laps; 6. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:36.951, 91 laps; 7. Sutil, Sauber, 1:39.941, 55 laps; 8. Bianchi, Marussia, 1:40.966, 12 laps; 9. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1:43.193, 54 laps; 10. Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:44.016, 8 laps; 11. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:45.374, 7 laps;

UPDATE 4!

Jerez Day Four timesheet @ 2.41pm UK time
1. Massa, Williams, 1:29.023, 64 laps; 2. Alonso, Ferrari, 1:29.290, 96 laps; 3. Juncadella, Force India, 1:30.437, 60 laps; 4. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:30.835, 26 laps; 5. Magnussen, McLaren, 1:32.260, 90 laps; 6. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:36.951, 91 laps; 7. Sutil, Sauber, 1:39.941, 56 laps; 8. Bianchi, Marussia, 1:40.966, 12 laps; 9. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1:43.193, 54 laps; 10. Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:44.016, 8 laps; 11. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:45.374, 7 laps;

UPDATE 5!

Jerez test, Day Four final timesheet:
1. Massa, Williams, 1:28.229, 86 laps; 2. Alonso, Ferrari, 1:29.145, 115 laps; 3. Juncadella, Force India, 1:29.457, 81 laps; 4. Magnussen, McLaren, 1:30.806, 110 laps; 5. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:30.822, 41 laps; 6. Bianchi, Marussia, 1:32.222, 25 laps; 7. Sutil, Sauber, 1:36.571, 69 laps; 8. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:36.951, 91 laps; 9. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1:43.193, 54 laps; 10. Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:44.016, 9 laps; 11. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:45.374, 7 laps;

Red Bull’s test already over after only 7 laps today and 21 in total; Merc change schedule and Lewis Hamilton driving the W05 this afternoon as Nico Rosberg takes a break after completing a full race simulation this morning; Kobayashi makes F1 return

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Kevin Magnussen makes his McLaren debut

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“Everything worked as it should… the car felt good.”

Kevin Magnussen makes his McLaren debut in the MP4-29. Full report from Day 3 in Jerez here.

Testing in Jerez (Day Three)

CHEQUERED FLAG: McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen finishes fastest on the third day of pre-season testing at Jerez:

1. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:23.2

2. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.7

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:23.9

4. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:25.0

5. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:25.4

6. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:26.096

7. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:29.915

8. Adrian Sutil (Sauber) 1:30.161

No time: Robin Frijns (Caterham); Max Chilton (Marussia); Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

The first world exclusive shot of the McLaren MP429

Brace yourselves for the first world exclusive shot of the #McLarenMP429. Click here for more: www.mclaren.com/launch.

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#AskKevin: Twitter Q&A with Kevin Magnussen

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On December 2, the new McLaren race driver Kevin Magnussen tapped into the Twitter-sphere to answer your questions during a live Q&A session.

Here’s a recap of what went down in our first #AskKevin Twitter session:

@gazzajoyno: “How do you feel coming into #F1 with McLaren and partnering a driver like Jenson in your first season?”

KM: “I’m ready to learn from Jenson – he has huge experience. I’ll make the most of the opportunity – he’ll be a great team-mate.”

@thirstyforash: “What’s been the highlight of your career so far?”

KM: “Winning WSR 3.5 this year & getting the McLaren drive!”

@AnnaJCat_UnionJ: “Kevin, what are you most excited about next season?”

KM: “Not one thing, it’s the whole challenge of being in F1. Being with McLaren is what I’m most excited about.”

@super_ruck: “As your Dad [@JanMagnussen] raced for McLaren, do you feel any added pressure to succeed with the team?”

KM: “I feel pressure, because McLaren is a top team, and they expect big results – but not EXTRA pressure because of my dad!” #AskKevin

@shannncorcoran: “Which circuit are you most excited to race on?”

KM: “Suzuka – it has great history, and it looks the best.”

@steveb_1990: “What did you do when you found out you’ll be getting the drive, go out for a drink/meal?”

KM: “I went training!”

@deadlycowpat95: “Favourite race car of all time?”

KM: “It’s the McLaren MP4/4 – won 15 out of 16 races. Amazing car.”

@CodenameFee: “Hamilton also debuted in a McLaren. Can you use his season as a marker?”

KM: “It’s proof that it’s been done before, which is positive. Lewis is a fantastic driver.”

@TheF1leprechaun: “Which race will you consider your “home” race next season?”

KM: “None, unfortunately – but I hope to see a lot of Danes at the European races. Their support would mean so much.”

@cbenitz: “Senna or Prost?”

KM: “Senna!”

@adamgatto: “What would you be doing if you weren’t a race driver?”

KM: “I’d cry!” 😉

@Craig-O: “What is your favourite thing about the UK?”

KM: “Indian food! And McLaren, obviously!”

@Gavllen: “How much are you looking forward to being in #Tooned?”

KM: “Love Tooned – it will be strange but cool…”

@F1_Around_World: “Do you have a nickname?”

KM: “Just Kev…”

@Rodree8: “What do you prefer: dominate a race or fight for positions?”

KM: “As long as it’s for P1, I love fighting for positions!”

@Craig-o: “Which corners are you looking forward to tackling in a F1 car?”

KM: “Eau Rouge – a fantastic corner – and could return to being a challenge with the 2014 cars.

@PrinzMFF: “Do you have any special rituals before starting a race?”

KM: “Many – but they’re secret!”

@hctbm: “Have you got a helmet design yet?”

KM: “I usually design it to match the car’s colours – watch this space!”

@andreasutardi: “Who’s your fave musician?”

KM: “At the moment, it’s Mads Langer – a Danish singer. No Gravity is a great song.”

@alessiosoccer09: “What are your hobbies, apart from racing?”

KM: “I love watersports – especially jet-skiing & waterskiing.”

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RUSH Premiere – feat. McLaren M23 and MP4-23

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez make a stylish entrance to the world première of Rush. Featuring two McLaren world championship winning cars: the 1976 M23 and 2008 MP4-23.



















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The Sound of Honda – Ayrton Senna 1989

Ayrton Senna set the world’s fastest lap during the 1989 F1 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying. Based on the driving data from 24 years ago, this is the engine sound that filled Suzuka circuit during that 1 min 38 seconds 041 revived.






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McLaren to race with Honda engines in 2015

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McLaren are to use Honda engines as the Japanese company returns to Formula 1 for the first time since 2008. Honda pulled out of F1 after years of poor results with its own team, which subsequently won the championship as Brawn in 2009 and is now Mercedes. But the engine manufacturer has decided to return because of next year’s introduction of turbo engines featuring energy recovery technology. McLaren are first expected to race with Honda engines in 2015.

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McLaren’s Young Drivers: Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen is part of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme. Find out how he got into motor racing, how the programme has helped his career and his racing aims and ambitions.




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F1 Infographic: Hamilton vs Button

We just received this informative infographic from Team Sport:

Lewis Hamilton vs Jenson Button – who do you think is the better driver? The rivalry between the two Brits has been greatly scrutinised, and with Hamilton now driving for Mercedes, things are certainly set to get interesting. This F1 infographic takes a closer look at how the former team-mates weigh up against each other.

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