Formula 1 - Jerez test round-up: Magnussen fastest

Kevin Magnussen put McLaren at the top of the timesheets while reigning champion Red Bull suffered a torrid four days in Formula 1's opening pre-season test of 2014 at Jerez.

Formula 1 - Jerez test round-up: Magnussen fastest

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McLaren Formula One driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark drives his new MP4-29 during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain January 31, 2014 (Reuters)

Acclimatising to the most sweeping rule changes in the sport's recent history - in particular the new V6 turbocharged engines - largely dictated the tempo in Spain this week.

Red Bull suffered most, clocking up just 21 laps across the week as overheating issues, coupled with wider power unit dramas for Renault, blighted its early preparations.

Mercedes in contrast looked ominously strong as both a constructor and an engine supplier.

Teams using Mercedes power clocked up 875 laps in total - compared to 151 for Renault - while Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton managed a combined 309 laps.

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Ferrari too ran well, with Kimi Raikkonen topping the opening day of the test and Fernando Alonso second only to Rosberg in the mileage chart.

While that figure was ultimately the most important barometer for teams given the sheer number of new processes to learn and assimilate, McLaren still had the honour of setting the early season pace courtesy of its new rookie recruit.

Magnussen hit the front on his first official day as a grand prix driver, and with day four affected by poor weather his 1m23.276s was enough to seal top spot by just under half a second.

Felipe Massa was his nearest challenger, as a strong start to life with Williams left him second overall and top in the slippery conditions of the final day.

Hamilton, Jenson Button and Valtteri Bottas emphasised Mercedes' emphatic start by all sealing top-six spots, with Raikkonen (fifth) and Alonso (seventh) the only non-Mercedes-powered drivers in the top 10.

The latter, along with several others, moved on to attempting much longer runs in the final afternoon, only for their stints to be scuppered by a trio of red flags - the latter two for Magnussen, who ended his test in the Turn 10 barriers.

That meant Rosberg was the first and only man to do a full race simulation, putting the seal on the German manufacturer's resounding opening to F1's new era.

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