Magnussen on top as Rossi hits trouble in test

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McLaren’s young driver Kevin Magnussen was quickest on the first day of this week’s test at Silverstone.

Magnussen, who is currently second in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, posted a best time of 1’33.602 with 15 minutes of running remaining.

But American driver Alexander Rossi was unable to do a quick timed lap at the end of the session as the hydraulics had failed on his Caterham.

“We were still able to complete most of the day’s plan,” said Rossi.

“After the installation lap we were straight into the program, running through a number of test items in both the morning and afternoon sessions that will help the team in the coming races.”

Rossi will hand his car over to Will Stevens for tomorrow’s test.

Daniel Ricciardo was originally scheduled to drive for Red Bull today, but his run has been postponed to tomorrow after the team decided to reorganize its running plan.

Day one times

Driver Team Time Difference
Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1’33.602
Paul di Resta Force India 1’33.774 +0.172
Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull 1’33.821 +0.219
James Calado Force India 1’33.986 +0.384
Daniel Juncadella Williams 1’34.098 +0.496
Johnny Cecotto Jnr Toro Rosso 1’34.193 +0.591
Robin Frijns Sauber 1’34.236 +0.634
Nicolas Prost Lotus 1’34.810 +1.208
Davide Rigon Ferrari 1’34.874 +1.272
Alexander Rossi Caterham 1’35.651 +2.049
Tio Ellinas Marussia 1’36.676 +3.074
Max Chilton Marussia 1’38.347 +4.745

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.