2016 Barcelona in-season test – day one



Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Tuesday 17 May 2016




Date Tuesday 17 May 2016

Driver Jenson Button

Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)

Laps/km/miles 86/400.33km/248.712miles

Best lap-time 1m23.753s



After finishing in the points at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, Jenson Button returned to the cockpit of the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 as the team turned its attention to the first in-season test of 2016.

Today’s test programme consisted of consolidation and preparation – with five races under our belt, the team reviewed and tested the upgrades brought to the car from the start of the season, putting in the necessary groundwork and evaluation of a number of different components as we continue our development through the European leg of the season.

Aero correlation was the name of the game this morning, with aero rakes making an appearance on the car early on. The car’s solid reliability meant longer runs and race simulations dominated the afternoon’s running


Dave Redding, Team Manager

“Today was a seamless day of testing – with both the team and car working well throughout the day, it’s satisfying that we were able to complete day one of the test according to plan.

“We’ll look to run a similar programme tomorrow with Stoffel, refining today’s work and gathering yet more data ahead of next week’s Monaco Grand Prix.”


Satoshi Nakamura, Honda R&D Co Ltd Principal Engineer 

“Today’s power unit run programme consisted mainly of race set-up for the Monaco Grand Prix next weekend. The street circuit of Monaco has many slow corners which require stability in the engine’s low-revving range, so we focused on its driveability and the various modes of the power unit to bring out its full potential. Our plan is to continue to run similarly tomorrow.

We finished the day with 86 solid laps of trouble free running, and we are looking forward to the second day of testing tomorrow.”


Today’s unofficial testing times

1. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m23.220s 103 laps

2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m23.337s 119 laps

3. Jenson Button McLaren 1m23.753s 86 laps

4. Romain Grosjean Haas 1m23.882s 96 laps

5. Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1m24.297s 86 laps

6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m24.307s 89 laps

7. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1m24.821s 78 laps

8. Alfonso Celis Force India 1m25.467s 99 laps

9. Alex Lynn Williams 1m26.071s 86 laps

10. Esteban Ocon Renault 1m26.530s 105 laps


What’s next? 

Stoffel Vandoorne gets behind the wheel of the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya tomorrow.


Test dates 

Two days (Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May).