Report: Austria Day One
|Date||Tuesday June 23 2015|
|Location||Spielberg (4.326 km)|
For the first day of this year’s second and final in-season test, McLaren-Honda test and development driver Stoffel Vandoorne got behind the wheel of MP4-30 for the first time to conduct a day of useful evaluative work.
Unfortunately, heavy rain meant much of the morning session was red-flagged, and Stoffel was only able to complete one installation lap first thing on the sodden track. The session was then extended until 20:00 to make up for lost running.The afternoon session proved much more productive, despite very damp track conditions initially. The main focus of the day was aero testing and mapping of various components, including the new shorter nose and both a new front and rear wing. As the track dried out, we shifted our attention to systems checks and power unit development, before completing further aero tests at the end of the session as the rain returned.
All of Stoffel’s 77 laps were trouble-free, completing a successful day of evaluations.
Stoffel Vandoorne Test and development driver
“After a difficult morning with the wet weather, it was good to get out on track this afternoon and get a decent amount of laps in. It was still difficult with the conditions and the track was quite greasy, but I felt very at ease with the car from the beginning and got up to speed pretty quickly, which was positive.
“It’s been a trouble-free day for us, and we’ve completed good sections of the test programme. It was busy for me behind the wheel with a lot of system checks and switch position changes, but, overall, it was a good day with a lot of learning. There’s lots of valuable data to analyse from today and hopefully Fernando will have the chance for a good run and some more useful data to collect tomorrow.”
Dave Redding McLaren-Honda Team manager
“The bad weather at the start of the day was frustrating, which meant we had to adapt our test programme slightly to accommodate the lost track time, but the extended running certainly helped. All in all, it was a good day; Stoffel performed admirably in the variable conditions, especially considering it was his first time in MP4-30. Importantly, the car ran reliably throughout the entire session, and with Stoffel’s feedback and the valuable data collected, we can learn a lot from today’s running and continue this momentum into tomorrow’s test.”
Today’s unofficial testing times
|1||Pascal Wehrlein||Mercedes||1m11.005s||67 laps|
|2||Esteban Ocon||Force India||1m11.192s||76 laps|
|3||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||1m11.328s||97 laps|
|4||Antonio Fuoco||Ferrari||1m 11.331s||71 laps|
|5||Romain Grosjean||Lotus||1m 11.509s||45 laps|
|6||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||1m 11.757s||80 laps|
|7||Raffaele Marciello||Sauber||1m 11.826s||53 laps|
|8||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren-Honda||1m 12.530s||77 laps|
|9||Susie Wolff||Williams||1m 13.248s||39 laps|
Fernando takes over for the second and final day of the test. He’ll be focussing on further mechanical set-up work, aero testing and power unit development.
Two days (June 23-24).