McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen set the pace on day one of the so-called young driver test at Silverstone.
The 20-year-old completed 100 laps with a best time of 1m33.602s, 0.172 seconds faster than Force India’s Paul di Resta with Red Bull’s Antonio Felix da Costa third.
Race drivers are allowed to take part in the three-day test providing they focus on tyre work for Pirelli. On Wednesday, Di Resta and Marussia’s Max Chilton were the only current drivers in action.
Lotus announced that Kimi Raikkonen would no longer take part in this week’s test, while Red Bull also made changes to their schedule with the team withdrawing Mark Webber. Australian Daniel Ricciardo’s chance in a Red Bull has been moved to Thursday afternoon.
Britain’s James Calado produced an impressive performance on his full F1 test debut with the fourth fastest time, nearly four tenths off the pace, before handing the car over to Di Resta in the afternoon.
Reigning Euroseries champion Daniel Juncadella was fifth in the Williams ahead of Venezuela’s Johnny Cecotto in the Toro Rosso.
Sauber’s Robin Frijns was seventh ahead of Nicolas Prost in the Lotus and Davide Rigon in the Ferrari.
Caterham’s reserve driver Alexander Rossi was 10th, clocking up 36 laps, ahead of the Marussia duo of Tio Ellinas, the current GP3 championship leader, and Chilton.
Chilton, who drove the car in the afternoon, lost track time as the team fixed an ECU problem and he only managed to complete 27 laps.
Young drivers test – Silverstone – Day one
1. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m33.602s, 100 laps
2. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1m33.774s, 58 laps
3. Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull, 1m33.821s, 82 laps
4. James Calado, Force India, 1m33.986s, 27 laps
5. Daniel Juncadella, Williams, 1m34.098s, 55 laps
6. Johnny Cecotto, Toro Rosso, 1m34.193s, 75 laps
7. Robin Frijns, Sauber, 1m34.236s, 72 laps
8. Nicolas Prost, Lotus, 1m34.810s, 72 laps
9. Davide Rigon, Ferrari, 1m34.874s, 76 laps
10. Alexander Rossi, Caterham, 1m35.651s, 69 laps
11. Tio Ellinas, Marussia, 1m36.676s, 36 laps
12. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1m38.347s, 27 laps