Kevin Magnussen Misses First Day Of Motorland Test

Kevin Magnussen (Photo Credit: SRO)
Kevin Magnussen (Photo Credit: SRO)

Kevin Magnussen will miss today's Formula Renault 3.5 test at the Motorland circuit in Aragon as he continues to recover from his heavy accident in Macau just over a week ago.

The Dane was due to take part in today's test as a prize for being crowned British Formula 3 vice champion but has been advised to sit out.

Magnussen, who has previously topped the timesheets in in FR3.5 testing and is a confirmed member of Carlin's 2012 line-up, suffered a heavy impact in last week's 58th Macau Grand Prix on the penultimate lap of the race.

He made contact with Will Buller as he attempted to pass him on the straight coming after Mandarin corner launching him 20 feet into the air and into the catch fencing.

Despite walking away from the accident with just a bruised leg, Magnussen has since suffered from some headaches and light concussion and has been withdrawn from today's test.

Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin said, “The most sensible thing for Kevin to do today is to get some rest.

“He suffered a big impact in Macau, and while medical checks have shown there are no serious problems, it is much better to air on the side of caution and to sit out today's running.

“Kevin has already proven that he is a front runner in testing and has adapted very well to the FR3.5 car, so missing the first day of testing won't harm his programme.”

Magnussen was due to sit out Tuesday's running anyway, but plans to be back for the final day of testing on Wednesday.

Jazeman Jaafar, who finished sixth in the British F3 championship with fourth podiums, will take Magnussen's place in testing today.