Kevin Magnussen continued to make his mark on F1 in Bahrain today by setting what was comfortably the fastest time of the day, albeit aided by Pirelli’s supersoft tire.
Tomorrow the Dane will hand the McLaren over to Jenson Button.
Given the mechanical carnage in Jerez this week tires have not received a lot of coverage, but nevertheless it was an important test for Pirelli as the company had its first chance to run with the new cars, and in both wet and dry conditions.
Pirelli also gave the teams a helping hand by providing a ‘winter compound’ designed to allow them to log miles in the cool of a European January. The fastest time of the week, Kevin Magnussen’s 1m23.276s on Thursday, was set on new mediums.
Kevin Magnussen made a great start to his official F1 career by topping the times for McLaren in Jerez
Once again it was a day of mixed fortunes for the teams, with Red Bull enduring another disaster while others successfully logged a lot of laps. Daniel Ricciardo completed only three laps in the RB10, without actually recording a time, before his team gave up for the day.