Mercedes-powered cars continued to dominate proceedings during the third day of Formula 1 testing at Jerez, with McLaren
rookie Kevin Magnussen marking his debut by setting the fastest lap time of the test thus far.
His first outing in the MP4-29, Magnussen completed a strong day for the McLaren
team, with day two pace setter Jenson Button
following up his team-mate in fourth position. The pair were split by a late flyer from Williams' new signing Felipe Massa
in second and Lewis Hamilton
driving the works Mercedes in third.
In all, five Mercedes-powered cars filled the top six, with Fernando Alonso
breaking the run in fifth for Ferrari, ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.
Meanwhile, Sauber's Adrian Sutil
suffered an accident that curtailed his running, Red Bull's technical issues continued and Marussia made its track debut as Max Chilton
completed a handful of untimed installation laps.
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1. Kevin Magnussen
2. Felipe Massa
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Jenson Button
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Nico Hulkenberg
Germany Force India-Mercedes
7. Jean-Eric Vergne
8. Adrian Sutil
1min 30.161secsMax Chilton
No TimeRobin Frijns
No TimeDaniel Ricciardo
Australia Red Bull-Renault
No TimeJerez test times – February 2013:
1. Felipe Massa
2. Kimi Raikkonen
3. Jules Bianchi
France Force India-Mercedes