Mclaren logo 3Test report – Silverstone day three

Date                 Friday July 19 2013

Driver               Gary Paffett

Location           Silverstone Circuit

Track length     5.891km

Laps                 78

Km covered      459

Best laptime     1m34.924s

Programme      The third and final day of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone. After Kevin Magnussen and Oliver Turvey each drove for a day, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes test and development driver Gary Paffett took to the cockpit of the MP4-28.

It was a frustrating start to the day as the team’s morning running was cut short due to an engine issue. An excellent recovery by the mechanics in the garage meant Gary was able to return to the track for some solid running in the afternoon.

The team continued with its aerodynamic program, evaluating ride mechanical set-up changes, both of which should provide plenty of data for the engineers to analyse in preparation for next week’s Hungarian GP.

Gary said: “It was great to get out in the afternoon and get some testing done after the engine issue we had this morning. The guys in the garage did a great job.

“It was a real treat to drive the car – most of the work we do nowadays is on the simulator in Woking. We get very limited time out on track. So it’s great to get back in the car – it’s invaluable for us to make sure we are going in the right direction.”

Test dates        Three days (July 17-19)

Pos      Driver                           Constructor                              Time                Laps

1          Sebastien Vettel            Red Bull Racing                        1m32.894s        79

2          Adrian Sutil                   Force India                                1m33.242s        100

3          Nicolas Prost                Lotus                                        1m33.256s        84

4          Carlos Sainz Jr              Red Bull Racing                        1m33.546s        40

5          Davide Rigon                Ferrari                                       1m33.592s        20

6          Felipe Massa                Ferrari                                       1m33.624s        71

7          Jean-Eric Vergne           Scuderia Toro Rosso                 1m33.647s        43

8          Gary Paffett                  Vodafone McLaren Mercedes   1m34.924s        78

9          Susie Wolff                   Williams                                    1m35.093s        90

10         Giedo van der Garde     Caterham                                  1m35.155s        66

11         Daniil Kvyat                  Scuderia Toro Rosso                 1m35.281s        23

12         Charles Pic                   Caterham                                  1m35.576s        61

13         Kimiya Sato                  Sauber                                      1m35.642s        68

14         James Calado               Force India                                1m36.451s        6

15         Rodolfo Gonzalez         Marussia                                   1m36.695s        27

16         Jules Bianchi                 Marussia                                   1m36.744s        40