McLaren: We’re still learning a lot about the car 20 February, 2014 Kevin Magnussen McLaren MP4-29 Kevin Magnussen’s second day of testing in Bahrain started with a falter, after the team encountered an IT issue that took most of the day to rectify. The team only began uninterrupted running in mid-afternoon, but quickly put the programme back on track, logging 46 laps, completing a series of tyre evaluations over several long-runs, and completing a live pitstop practice. Kevin set the best time of the day, and the fastest of the test so far, on Super-soft Pirellis at the end of the day. He said: “It’s a dream every time I get in the car: it’s just so cool to be here and to be driving. I’m really enjoying it. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get too many laps done this morning, but it was good to get some laps done at the end of the day. The afternoon was good for us, and we worked through our problems. “The team is doing a great job to help me: they’re giving me really good guidance and making me feel confident. There’s a lot of discussion about laptimes, and it feels good to get some good times recorded, but winter testing is just that – testing. It isn’t about times. “We’re still learning a lot about the car. We have four more days of testing next week and there’s still a lot of work to do. I’m sure that everything up and down the pitlane will change a lot between now and Australia. What’s next? Jenson takes over for the final two days. He continues the programme begun by Kevin – namely, running through some aero evaluations before focusing on set-up and balance changes over the course of a long-run. Subbed by AJN. Related NewsMcLaren: A difficult final day for Jenson and the teamMcLaren: We’re not quite there yet, but we have more to comeHamilton: Are we pushing? I just get in the car and drive and try to break itDriver schedules for final Formula 1 preseason test in BahrainMcLaren: We completed more than 1600 km of largely trouble-free runningMagnussen: A dream every time I get in the car, so cool to be here and to be drivingBahrain Day 2: Magnussen fastest by far as Renault finally sees light at the end of the tunnelBoullier already at work with McLaren in BahrainMagnussen gets first two days in McLaren at Bahrain testMcLaren style wishbone wings to be tested by other teams in Bahrain McLarenfan Things are looking up but half a day missed by software issues why not just press Ctrl Alt Delete it works for most things!!!! karlich What was it that you said about some other folks’ press releases… ah yes… “Talk about double speak!” Nah seriously, hope the McLaren boys have a great season – would love to see Jenson on the podium more often! McLarenfan Great day but we missed half of it. Would be nice to see them back to the winning ways but I hate to say it I think they are aiming high this year but next year they want to hit the stars. Marti J Powell BSc on baby inferior software that is Microsoft Windows If they R running Microsoft- thats their problem nowhereman The kid ran on super softs with light fuel loads. Don’t get impressed. Wait till Australia. McLarenfan They have to run Linux as Windogs 8 has compatibility problems with everything!