Date Saturday February 28 2015
Driver Kevin Magnussen
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)
Best lap-time 1m25.225s
Test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen deputised for Fernando Alonso in Barcelona today, completing a useful test programme – as well as providing an always-useful additional opinion on the car.
Kev quickly got to grips with the car, his first outing in MP4-30, but his programme was cut short by an oil leak.
Honda R&D senior managing officer – chief officer of motorsport
“The power unit systems are all functioning well, and the spec is race-ready. We just need more practice on race simulation, and to improve our reliability.
“We still have strong ambitions to improve, and tomorrow we’ll be tackling durability issues.”
“This year’s car is really different to last year’s. It feels much more consistent; it’s more predictable and driver-friendly. It’s not fast enough yet, but it feels like a solid baseline, and there’s obviously still plenty more to come. I think McLaren-Honda should have a good car if they continue in this direction.
“It’s nice to be back in the car. I always enjoy driving new cars, and this is a car I haven’t driven before. I can see the work we did last year has gone into this car.
“It’s good working with Honda, they’re a very enthusiastic team, you can feel they have a desire to succeed – they’re here to win. It will take time, but that’s what they’re here to do.”
Today’s unofficial testing times
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.022s 76 laps
2 Felipe Massa Williams 1m23.262s 102 laps
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.276s 136 laps
4 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 1m24.191s 132 laps
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m24.200s 116 laps
6 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1m24.477s 123 laps
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m24.939s 158 laps
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Honda 1m25.225s 39 laps
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m25.742s 128 laps
What’s next Jenson wraps up the test tomorrow.
Test dates Four days (February 26-March 1).