Barcelona test report – day one

Date                 Tuesday May 12 2015

Driver               Oliver Turvey

Location           Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)

Laps/km           66/307km

Best lap-time    1m28.542s


Programme      For the first of this year’s two in-season tests (the second takes place after the Austrian Grand Prix, in June), test driver Oliver Turvey got behind the wheel of MP4-30 for the first time to conduct a day of evaluative work for McLaren-Honda.


The morning’s programme was focused on aero correlation. However, the day didn’t start smoothly, and some sensor issues delayed progress until lunchtime.

                        In the afternoon, Oliver ran through a trouble-free suspension programme, as well as undertaking a correlation and validation programme aimed at improving our simulation work.


Today’s unofficial testing times

1 Nico Rosberg                         Mercedes                      1m24.374s                    146 laps

2 Marcus Ericsson                     Sauber                          1m26.624s                    97 laps

3 Raffaele Marciello                   Ferrari                           1m26.648s                    125 laps

4 Daniil Kvyat                            Red Bull                        1m26.904s                    101 laps

5 Pastor Maldonado                  Lotus                            1m27.338s                    60 laps

6 Nick Yelloly                            Force India                    1m27.396s                    109 laps

7 Pierre Gasly                           Toro Rosso                   1m27.639s                    131 laps

8 Felipe Massa                          Williams                        1m27.911s                    54 laps

9 Oliver Turvey                         McLaren-Honda            1m28.542s                    66 laps

What’s next      Jenson takes over the reins for the second and final day of the test. He’ll be focusing on suspension geometry and aero work.

Test dates        Two days (May 12-13).