Date Friday February 20 2015
Driver Fernando Alonso
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)
Best lap-time 1m25.961s
The halfway point of the winter test season – six days completed; six remaining – and, in terms of laps completed, this was our most productive day so far. Nonetheless, there’s still plenty of work left to do to ready MP4-30 and the Honda power unit for the opening day of practice at the Australian Grand Prix – exactly three weeks away.
“We definitely had a better day today than yesterday, and not only managed to complete some runs, but also started running at 09:00 and finished at 17:45, which showed promise. The extent of our running also meant that we could finally begin to evaluate the potential of the car.
“Obviously, we’re still running with some limitations on the engine, but the car definitely felt better than it did in Jerez. On every lap, we discover something new, and we encounter different issues, but that’s to be expected with a project that’s in such an early state of development.
“We’re now exactly halfway through the test programme, and we need to make some progress. There are positives from the day, but we did the fewest laps of any team today, and need to raise our game and learn as fast as we can. Australia is approaching fast.”
McLaren-Honda racing director
“It’s been good to put some laps on the board – we’ve pushed through the programme today, and achieved more than we anticipated.
“Our running was relatively smooth, and we’re starting to catch up with our programme. We’re happy with what we’re doing – we’re still not looking at outright performance as we still have a long list of systems checks to evaluate. The car is reacting as we expected, but it’s too soon to go into a race simulation, and, as a result, too soon to be sure of our overall performance.
Honda R&D senior managing officer - chief officer of motorsport
“Today’s programme has been productive: we were able to undertake some useful practical running with the power unit, and I’m satisfied with what we achieved. We covered off today’s list of planned test items, and we’re ready to homologate the power unit at the end of next week
“We still haven’t seen the unit running at its maximum potential, but I think we’re progressing steadily. We’re getting closer and closer to Melbourne, where I think we’ll be in better shape.
“For the final two days of this Barcelona test, we’ll be aiming to push things a little bit further in order to get a more accurate reflection of the package’s behaviour and performance in race conditions.”
Today’s unofficial testing times
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m24.574s 143 laps
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.584s 90 laps
3 Felipe Massa Williams 1m24.672s 88 laps
4 Sergio Perez Force India 1m24.702s 121 laps
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.923s 89 laps
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.556s 66 laps
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m25.961s 59 laps
8 Jolyon Palmer Lotus 1m26.280s 77 laps
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1m27.344s 113 laps
10 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 1m28.945s 100 laps
What’s next Jenson’s back in the cockpit.
Test dates Four days (February 19-22).