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Fantastic experience for Magnussen

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen topped the time tables following the first day of the young driver test at Silverstone on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Dane is the son of former Formula One driver Jan Magnussen, who made his debut in the 1995 Pacific Grand Prix in Japan for McLaren before racing for Stewart in 1997 and 1998.

He went on to race in Indy Cars, World Touring Cars and Le Mans where he won the GTS class for Corvette Racing four times between 2004 and 2009.

Kevin Magnussen is a member of McLaren's Young Driver Programme and is currently second in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship.

He has previously won races in Formula Renault 3.5 Series, British Formula Three, German Formula Three, Formula 3 Euro Series, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, Formula Ford NEZ and Formula Ford Denmark where he won the championship in 2008 winning 11 races during a 15 race season.

He completed 100 laps on Wednesday, 18 laps more than Antonio Felix da Costa who completed the second longest run for Red Bull.

Magnussen's fastest time of 1 minute 33.602seconds was 0.172 seconds faster than Force India's Paul di Resta.

“This is the first time I’d driven at Silverstone in a Formula One car, and it was a fantastic experience,” said Magnussen to formula1.com after the days running.

“We covered a lot of mileage - almost two race distances - and, given there isn’t a great deal of testing these days, that opportunity was invaluable. The process of providing feedback to the engineers about the car, and testing new set-ups can only make me a stronger driver.”








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Date:Thursday July 18 2013

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