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

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

Photos courtesy Bonhams
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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”