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F1: Kevin Magnussen tops the timing sheet for McLaren (+photos)

Reigning Formula Renault 3.5 series’ champion, Kevin Magnussen went quickest for McLaren on the second day of Formula 1 winter testing in Bahrain on Thursday.

The Dane’s best time (set in super soft Pirelli tires) was over 1.5s faster than the next-best effort, set by Nico Hulkenberg of Sahara Force India.

F1 Bahrain texte 2014 Kevin Magnussen, McLaren
Kevin Magnussen, McLaren (Photo: WRI2)

Fastest yesterday, Hulkenberg completed 13 more laps than Magnussen - 59 - but not as many as Fernando Alonso who racked up 97 laps in his Ferrari for the third fastest time of the day.

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes AMG set the fourth best time on the board, despite causing two red flag periods in the morning when his W05 stopped on track with technical woes.

F1 Bahrain texte 2014 Eric Boullier, MLaren
Eric Boullier, McLaren (Photo: WRI2)

Valtteri Bottas completed 116 laps of the Bahrain circuit in the Mercedes-powered Williams FW35. The Finn recorded the fifth best lap of the day.

F1 returnee Kamui Kobayashi staged a late charge for Caterham-Renault to lift himself to sixth on the timesheets, one place above four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull Racing RB10.

F1 Bahrain texte 2014 Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India (Photo: WRI2)

After more car troubles on Wednesday, the German was finally able to register a healthy lap count, with his Thursday tally of 59 more than Red Bull Racing had achieved over the five previous test days combined.

Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne completed 58 laps in Renault-powered STR9 for eighth place overall, beating Esteban Gutierrez in the Ferrari-powered Sauber.

F1 Bahrain texte 2014
Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Helmut Marko (Red Bull) and Pierre Wache (Red Bull Racing) (Photo: WRI2)

The final two sports went to Romain Grosjean in the Lotus and Max Chilton in the Marussia, both of whom failed to break the 20 lap marker because of technical issues.

Best lap time in 2013:
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG in Q3: 1m32.330

Bahrain winter test session 2*, Day 2:
1 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1m34.910 46 laps
2 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m36.445 59
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.516 97
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1m36.965 85
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m37.328 116
6 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1m39.855 66
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m40.340 59
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m40.609 58
9 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m40.717 55
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m41.670 18
11 Max Chilton Marussia 1m42.511 17
*Unofficial timing

F1 Bahrain texte 2014 Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham
Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham (Photo: WRI2)