AUSTRIA TEST REPORT – DAY ONE
Date Tuesday 23 June 2015
Driver Stoffel Vandoorne
Location Spielberg Circuit (4.326km)
Best lap-time 1m12.530s
Programme 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.
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.”
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
- Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m 11.005s 67 laps
- Esteban Ocon Force India 1m 11.192s 76 laps
- Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1m 11.328s 97 laps
- Antonio Fuoco Ferrari 1m 11.331s 71 laps
- Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m 11.509s 45 laps
- Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1m 11.757s 80 laps
- Raffaele Marciello Sauber 1m 11.826s 53 laps
- Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1m 12.530s 77 laps
- Susie Wolff Williams 1m 13.248s 39 laps
What’s next 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.
Test dates Two days (June 23-24).