Nico Hulkenberg says Kevin Magnussen's lap time on Thursday was "pretty fast" but nothing to concern Force India.

After Hulkenberg was quickest on the opening day and sitting top of the timesheets on the second day of running in Bahrain, Magnussen set the fastest time of the week on supersoft tyres with a 1:34.910. That time was two and a half seconds off the pole position lap from Nico Rosberg at the same circuit in 2013, but Hulkenberg insists times still mean nothing at this stage of testing.

"It's pretty fast but at the moment even my P1 [from Wednesday] is not something that I'm cheering," Hulkenberg said. "We're not talking or focusing on performance at the moment, it's the first couple of tests and they're early steps. So it's all about taking the right stuff onwards and making progress."

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Having finished Thursday's running with the second fastest time, Hulkenberg said he had been encouraged by the progress Force India has made over the first two days in Bahrain.

"I think the last two days have been pretty positive. We've made some good improvements and collected a lot data on the first two days of the new kind of Formula One era. We had a good run through and I think it's been really positive.

"We tested some other stuff [on Thursday] and obviously we learned from that. There's a lot of data collected now which the engineers will go through over the next couple of days. I did a run on the supersoft as well but it's early days and with the new systems and new power units etc you keep learning every day and every run."