Report: Barcelona Test Two Day Three
|Date||Saturday February 28 2015|
|Location||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)|
Test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen deputised for Fernando Alonso in Barcelona today, completing a useful test programme – as well as providing an always-useful additional opinion on the car.
Kev quickly got to grips with the car, his first outing in MP4-30, but his programme was cut short by an oil leak.
YASUHISA ARAI - Honda R&D senior managing officer – chief officer of motorsport
“The power unit systems are all functioning well, and the spec is race-ready. We just need more practice on race simulation, and to improve our reliability.
“We still have strong ambitions to improve, and tomorrow we’ll be tackling durability issues.”
“This year’s car is really different to last year’s. It feels much more consistent; it’s more predictable and driver-friendly. It’s not fast enough yet, but it feels like a solid baseline, and there’s obviously still plenty more to come. I think McLaren-Honda should have a good car if they continue in this direction.
“It’s nice to be back in the car. I always enjoy driving new cars, and this is a car I haven’t driven before. I can see the work we did last year has gone into this car.
“It’s good working with Honda, they’re a very enthusiastic team, you can feel they have a desire to succeed – they’re here to win. It will take time, but that’s what they’re here to do.”
TODAY'S UNOFFICIAL TESTING TIMES
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m23.022s||76 laps|
|2||Felipe Massa||Williams||1m23.262s||102 laps|
|3||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||1m23.276s||136 laps|
|4||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso||1m24.191s||132 laps|
|5||Romain Grosjean||Lotus||1m24.200s||116 laps|
|6||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||1m24.477s||123 laps|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1m24.939s||158 laps|
|8||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Honda||1m25.225s||39 laps|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1m25.742s||128 laps|
Jenson wraps up the test tomorrow.
Four days (February 26 - March 1).