AUSTRIA TEST REPORT – DAY TWO

 

 

Date                 Wednesday 24 June 2015

Driver               Fernando Alonso

Location           Spielberg Circuit (4.326km)

Laps/km           104/450km

Best lap-time    1m10.718s

 

Programme      For the second and final day of the last in-season test of 2015, Fernando Alonso got into the cockpit of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 to continue the evaluative work started by Stoffel Vandoorne yesterday.

 

The weather today was much more favourable, and the session opened on a green flag at 09:00am. However, the conditions out on track continued to change throughout the day, with the team constantly adapting to varying dampness around different parts of the circuit.

 

However, like yesterday, today’s running was very productive, and Fernando completed 104 laps of the Spielberg Circuit. As a continuation of the work completed yesterday, the team’s focus was on testing of a variety of aero components, including the new shorter nose box seen over the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

 

Fernando Alonso

“Today was a positive day. The most important thing was to put some laps on the car after the problems we’ve had in the last couple of races. We managed to complete more than 100 laps, and, together with Stoffel’s laps yesterday, I think we finished the test with some good information. Now, we need to go back to the factory and analyse everything, but we definitely have a lot of data to go forward with. I’m pretty happy with how the test has gone.”

 

Dave Redding

McLaren-Honda Team manager

“Our aim after yesterday’s test was to continue the positive momentum into today, and we have definitely managed that. The morning session began with data and system set-up checks followed by aero correlation tests, which included fitting the new shorter nose. The afternoon session was dedicated to further aero testing of a range of new bodywork components, tyre assessment, and further power unit functionality tests.

 

“Overall, we were able to make the most of the good weather and dry track conditions to complete solid sections of the test programme to our satisfaction. Both days of the test have been productive – and most importantly, reliable – and we are now armed with lots of valuable data and useful feedback from both drivers, that we can take away and analyse in preparation for the next two races before the summer break.”

 

Today’s unofficial testing times

 

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m 09.113s 117 laps
2. Esteban Gutierrez Ferrari 1m 09.931s 110 laps
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m 10.029s 79 laps
4. Marcus Wittmann Toro Rosso 1m 10.103s 158 laps
5. Pascal Wehrlein Force India 1m 10.253s 132 laps
6. Jolyon Palmer Lotus 1m 10.373s 109 laps
7. Fernando Alonso      McLaren-Honda 1m 10.718s 104 laps
8. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m 10.757s 115 laps
9. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1m 10.922s 138 laps

 

What’s next      The team heads back to MTC to complete data analysis from the test and prepare the two race chassis, before travelling to Silverstone next week for the British Grand Prix – the first of McLaren-Honda’s two home races.

 

Test dates        Two days (June 23-24).