F1: isporstweb correctly predicts Magnussen / McLaren early success

How does a 21 year old rookie driving a car from a team that didn’t make the podium last year beat everyone in the field, including the reigning 4 – time champion on a Formula 1 test site?   Bizarre, right?  Yes, except that’s exactly what isportsweb predicted.

On his first day of testing in Bahrain, Kevin Magnussen dominated the veteran field and set the bar with the fastest lap in Bahrain for McLaren.

McLaren sets the bar on day 2 of testing in Bahrain

Is it perfect timing for a new entrant as isportsweb predicted?

 

isportsweb pointed out a few weeks ago that the conditions were right for a new entrant in Formula 1 racing:  massive rule changes, a new engine, and the most team changes in the history of the sport.  In any business, those conditions benefit a new entrant that does not carry forward any legacy issues, processes, or expectations.   With McLaren, who didn’t make it to the podium in 2014, dominating day 2 of preseason Formula 1 testing in Bahrain, it’s clear isportsweb was right.  Kevin Magnussen, who has never run at Bahrain and will be the sole rookie in the field in three weeks in Australia, beat the field today with a 1:34.91 time.

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The rest of the results were as follows (according to the BBC, who continued fantastic live coverage today and will continue through the weekend):

1. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:34.910

2. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:36.445

3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:36.516

4. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:36.965

5. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1:37.328

6. Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham) 1:39.855

7. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:40.340

8. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:40.609

9. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) 1:40.717

10. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:41.670

11. Max Chilton (Marussia) 1:42.511

So, Nico Hulkenberg and Force India had another strong showing today after winning the day yesterday.   Fernando Alonso and Ferrari also finished strong a second day in a row.  It will be interesting to see what Kimi Raikkonen does over the next couple of days as a new member of the team.

It was another disappointing day for Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel.   Before anyone gets too excited about dethroning the champ, though, I would remind you they had a very slow start in 2013 but finished with 8 straight wins.  As Nando pointed out today in his BBC interview, betting on race 1 is a crap shoot.

Even so, I’m going to stick with the prediction several weeks ago and place my bets on McLaren returning to the podium with the new entrant rookie, Kevin Magnussen in Australia.

Congratulations to McLaren and Kevin Magnussen on a great day of testing on day 2 in Bahrain.  Have a great year!

 

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