Don’t adjust your monitors: you’re reading this headline correctly.
Kevin Magnussen, not his father Jan, is atop a Formula One session for the first time in his career. Except in this case, it’s only day three of F1’s first official preseason test in Jerez, and there still weren’t a ton of laps turned.
Nonetheless, the 21-year-old Danish rookie put the McLaren MP4-29 on the top of the timesheets for the second straight day, after Jenson Button was quickest on Wednesday. The younger “Mags” clocked in a flier of 1:23.276, about eight tenths faster than what Button set on day two.
Fellow Mercedes engine runners Felipe Massa (Williams) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) were also realistically in range of the leaders, at half a second and seven tenths of a second behind, respectively.
Elsewhere Renault’s struggles continued; Jean-Eric Vergne managed 30 laps in the new Toro Rosso while former teammate Daniel Ricciardo turned in only three in the Red Bull with further technical problems.
“We worked hard yesterday to make the changes it was felt were necessary to overcome the problems we identified and we were hopeful of a more successful day today,” Red Bull’s race engineering coordinator Andy Damerum said, via Formula One’s official website.
Things were worse down Sauber’s way, where Adrian Sutil crashed at Turn 7. Sutil’s car snapped while going in a straight line following an upshift from third to fourth gear.
Marussia’s new MR03 Ferrari made its first public appearance with Max Chilton behind the wheel, but didn’t post an official lap time.
The fourth and final day of F1’s first test of the new year occurs Friday in Jerez.
1. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1m 23.276s, 52 Laps 2. Felipe Massa, Williams-Mercedes, 1m 23.700s, 47 3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 23.952s, 62 4. Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes, 1m 25.030s, 40 5. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 25.495s, 58 6. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India-Mercedes, 1m 26.096s, 17 7. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso-Renault, 1m 29.915s, 30 8. Adrian Sutil, Sauber-Ferrari, 1m 30.161s, 34 9. Robin Frijns, Caterham-Renault, No time, 10 10. Max Chilton, Marussia-Ferrari, No time, 5 11. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull-Renault, No time, 3