Testing, Barcelona | 01/03/2017
“A BOOST AFTER A TRICKY COUPLE OF DAYS”
Driver Fernando Alonso
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Best lap-time 1m22.598s
McLaren-Honda enjoyed a more fruitful and productive day of running on track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday. The team was able to work through a number of set-up configurations, and completed various aero correlation tests using rakes and flow-vis paint.
Despite a cold start to the morning, track temperatures increased during the course of the day, enabling the team to carry out its scheduled run plan, although the wind picked up across the circuit during the afternoon.
The team made the most of the dry weather, clocking up 72 laps with no major issues, and successfully completed its scheduled test programme for the day.
“The most important thing we can take from today is that we were able to do many more laps than both Stoffel and I could complete on our first days in the car. I’m happy that we were able to push through our plan for the day, gather a lot of new information, and learn a lot about the car, which is very positive after the issues we faced earlier in the week.
“The car feels good, and we’ve already made a lot of tweaks to the handling and set-up of the car from the first day. So far, the car is responding well to our changes, and overall we are seeing small improvements here and there, day-by-day, in different areas.
“The team worked really hard today to make sure we completed a lot of work on our programme, and we covered a lot of ground, testing different elements and working on various set-up configurations. It’s definitely been a valuable day for us.”
“Today has been a much more successful day, and we’re happy that we’ve been able to execute our testing programme proper with a full day of running. I’m pleased to report that there were no major issues, and the team completed our planned run programme for the day.
“We’re confident that the issues we’ve experienced so far are glitches and part of the usual challenges faced in testing. The problems on Monday and Tuesday meant we lost valuable track time, which means glitches that occur in day one can then spread into day three, simply because of the lack of mileage.
“The more we run, the more we learn, and, naturally, the more there is potential for issues to be discovered that we need to fix. However, there is a minimum mileage figure that we can do that allows us enough data to understand the car and how to set it up, and from there we can move forward.
“While we shouldn’t get carried away, today’s running has provided the team with a boost after a tricky couple of days, and I hope we continue collecting more mileage and data tomorrow to end the first week.”
HONDA R&D CO. LTD HEAD OF F1 PROJECT & EXECUTIVE CHIEF ENGINEER
“The past two days have been difficult for us due to the power unit issues we encountered. However, today we were able to make some progress and complete our programme, in which we tested the durability and deployment of the PU in accordance with our schedule.
“We have already found a solution to the oil tank issue we had on the first day with Fernando, and we will shortly receive clarification from Honda R&D in Sakura on the root cause of the power failure experienced in Stoffel’s car yesterday. We proved certain durability in today’s session and we hope to make further advances together with McLaren tomorrow.”
1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:19.705s 75 laps
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:19.952s 139 laps
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:21.153s 70 laps
4. Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:21.396s 51 laps
5. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:21.791s 42 laps
6. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:21.824s 126 laps
7. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.090s 94 laps
8. Romain Grosjean Haas 1:22.118s 56 laps
9. Lance Stroll Williams 1:22.351s 98 laps
10. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:22.598s 72 laps
11. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:23.540s 32 laps
12. Alfonso Celis Force India 1:23.568s 71 laps
13. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:23.952s 31 laps
Stoffel will get back behind the wheel of the McLaren-Honda MC32 tomorrow for the final day of the first week of testing.