Report: Austria Day Two
|Date||Wednesday June 24 2015|
|Location||Spielberg (4.326 km)|
For the second and final day of the last in-season test of 2015, Fernando Alonso got into the cockpit of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 to continue the evaluative work started by Stoffel Vandoorne yesterday.
The weather today was much more favourable, and the session opened on a green flag at 09:00am. However, the conditions out on track continued to change throughout the day, with the team constantly adapting to varying dampness around different parts of the circuit.
However, like yesterday, today’s running was very productive, and Fernando completed 104 laps of the Spielberg Circuit. As a continuation of the work completed yesterday, the team’s focus was on testing of a variety of aero components, including the new shorter nose box seen over the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
“Today was a positive day. The most important thing was to put some laps on the car after the problems we’ve had in the last couple of races. We managed to complete more than 100 laps, and, together with Stoffel’s laps yesterday, I think we finished the test with some good information. Now, we need to go back to the factory and analyse everything, but we definitely have a lot of data to go forward with. I’m pretty happy with how the test has gone.”
Dave Redding McLaren-Honda Team manager
“Our aim after yesterday’s test was to continue the positive momentum into today, and we have definitely managed that. The morning session began with data and system set-up checks followed by aero correlation tests, which included fitting the new shorter nose. The afternoon session was dedicated to further aero testing of a range of new bodywork components, tyre assessment, and further power unit functionality tests.
“Overall, we were able to make the most of the good weather and dry track conditions to complete solid sections of the test programme to our satisfaction. Both days of the test have been productive – and most importantly, reliable – and we are now armed with lots of valuable data and useful feedback from both drivers, that we can take away and analyse in preparation for the next two races before the summer break.”
Today’s unofficial testing times
|1||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||1m 09.113s||117 laps|
|2||Esteban Gutierrez||Ferrari||1m 09.931s||110 laps|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||Williams||1m 10.029s||79 laps|
|4||Marcus Wittmann||Toro Rosso||1m 10.103s||158 laps|
|5||Pascal Wehrlein||Force India||1m 10.253s||132 laps|
|6||Jolyon Palmer||Lotus||1m 10.373s||109 laps|
|7||Fernando Alonso||McLaren-Honda||1m 10.718s||104 laps|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1m 10.757s||115 laps|
|9||Felipe Nasr||Sauber||1m 10.922s||138 laps|
The team heads back to MTC to complete data analysis from the test and prepare the two race chassis, before travelling to Silverstone next week for the British Grand Prix – the first of McLaren-Honda’s two home races.
Two days (June 23-24).