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Mclaren top the times as the Silverstone driver test gets underway - Paul di Resta and Max Chilton the non-young drivers on the day

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An eagle eyed António
An eagle eyed AntónioCredit: Mark Thompson/Getty
F1 wallflower Tio Ellinas
F1 wallflower Tio EllinasCredit: Marussia F1 Team
Rossi lapping before running was curtailed
Rossi lapping before running was curtailedCredit: Caterham F1 / Creative Commons
Calado's in his element
Calado's in his elementCredit: Sahara Force India Formula One Team

The first day of testing at Silverstone began under beautiful blue skies, with fluffy white clouds and a warm breeze. It was very un-Silverstone-like. Taking the theme of unusual occurences and running with it, McLaren managed to post the fastest time of the day, with young driver Kevin Magnussen behind the wheel.

He finished ahead of Paul di Resta, who along with Max Chilton in the Marussia, made up the "real" driver representatives for the day. The rest were young drivers, with some making their F1 debut. Daniel Juncadella was in action for Williams, and admitted the conditions were a little bit tough!

From the first lap I could feel the speed of the car and it was a great experience today. I’m really happy with the chance the team gave me. I was happy with the balance of the car and it was good to try the new tyres. Physically I feel good, it was just quite warm today but as I’m used to closed cars in DTM I can’t complain really!

- Daniel Juncadella, Test driver, Williams

There weren't too many incidents to note, although Robin Frijns did spin off in the Sauber. Several teams had some mechanical trouble - Marussia could only give Chilton about an hour of track time after an ECU issue, whilst Caterham had their running cut short after the car developed hydraulics problems. It limped back to the pit lane sounding very unhealthy!

2013 Testing - Day 1, Silverstone
1Kevin MagnussenMclaren1:33.602100
2Paul di RestaForce India1:33.77458
3António Félix da CostaRed Bull1:33.82182
4James CaladoForce India1:33.98627
5Daniel JuncadellaWilliams1:34.09855
6Johnny CecottoToro Rosso1:34.19375
7Robin FrijnsSauber1:34.23672
8Nicolas ProstLotus1:34.81072
9Davide RigonFerrari1:34.87476
10Alexander RossiCaterham1:35.65169
11Tio EllinasMarussia1:36.67636
12Max ChiltonMarussia1:38.34727

Force India and Marussia were the only team running two drivers with split days, whilst McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, the pacesetter for the day, was the hardest working. He completed 100 laps overall.

James returns to the pits after the last run of the morning. Full debriefing is the next item on the agenda

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Chequered flag at the end of a short (23 laps) afternoon for @maxchilton. P12 after a Pirelli tyre focused programme

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#YDT useful for #F1 teams in an era without testing, not only to develop cars, but to give young/new team members experience at the track. Assistant engineers/no.2 mechs given chance to run cars for experience. Traditional route of team development no longer exists without tests

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Dani has impressed the team and been great to work with today.... So we're letting him back in the car tomorrow! #YDT

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The line-up seems to be changing all the time, but at the moment it looks as though Daniel Ricciardo will be in action tomorrow, and both Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hülkenberg should be making an appearance.

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