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Six teams kick off Young Driver testing in Abu Dhabi // McLaren lead the way as the session kicks off at Yas Marina

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McLaren led the first day of young driver testing in Abu Dhabi, with Formula Renault 3.5 driver Kevin Magnussen behind the wheel. He was less than a tenth of a second faster than the second place Red Bull though, driven by Antonio Felix da Costa. Gary Paffett was also in action for McLaren, despite not quite qualifying for the “young” part of the Young Driver test. He ended the day third fastest.

There was just one red flag during the day, which was caused by Luiz Razia in the Toro Rosso. Other drivers in action included Giedo van der Garde for Caterham, Nicolas Prost in the Lotus and Robin Frijns for Sauber.

Frijns gave a good insight into the troubles of a new and young driver, saying afterwards: “On my fastest lap with soft tyres I made a mistake, so there was more to come. In the afternoon I found it hard to understand the tyre compounds. I had only driven on Michelin tyres before, and with the Pirelli compounds it was difficult. I had the feeling the more careful I handled them the worse it became.”