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Budapest Test Four – Day One – Mclaren

2018 Hungary in-season young driver test – day one


Tuesday 31 July 2018



Driver Lando Norris

Location Hungaroring, Budapest (4.381km/2.722 miles)

Laps/km/miles 107 laps/469km/291 miles

Best lap-time 1:19.294s





Lando got behind the wheel of the McLaren MCL33 for the first time since the post-Spanish Grand Prix test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in May. He completed 107 laps and set the fourth fastest time of the day.

The day ran smoothly despite a couple of interruptions, which included a red flag mid-afternoon, and then a surprisingly heavy downpour 90 minutes before the end of the day’s running, prompting the use of Intermediate tyres for the final few runs to evaluate the conditions.

The rest of the day was dedicated primarily to aero correlation and development over shorter runs in the morning, after which the team moved to longer runs in the afternoon before the rain came.




Lando Norris

Test and Reserve Driver


“It was really enjoyable to get back in the car today, especially as it’s one year since I first made my debut.

“The first three-quarters of the day were obviously really good. I did a lot of testing; quite a few aero runs but at the same time a good amount of proper runs, so I had a good feeling for the car – until it rained! That put us back a bit, so there are some things we’ll need to carry on testing tomorrow.

“It’s the first time I’ve driven a Formula 1 car in the rain, so it was good to feel the difference from F2 to F1 in the wet. It was still tricky, but I thought it would be a lot trickier because of how much more horsepower you have in F1. At the same time, you have a lot more grip than in Formula 2, so it’s just on another level, in a similar way to how it is in the dry. Cornering speeds and braking performance are much better than you’d expect in the rain, so I had more confidence than I thought I was going to have. I was a bit nervous before I went out because it got properly wet very quickly!

“I had a good feeling even in the wet, but then it dried out very quickly. I’ve experienced basically everything today weather-wise, and did 107 laps, so that’s really positive.”




Gil de Ferran

Sporting Director


“Today was a productive day.

“We did a lot of laps with the added bonus of some wet running for Lando, so he’s been able to learn about the car for the first time in these conditions.

“Lando acclimatised himself very quickly and we went through an extensive programme of test items, which has provided us with a lot of useful information.

“We hope for more of the same on day two, so we shall see what tomorrow brings.”



Today’s times


1. Antonio Giovinazzi Ferrari 1:15.648 96 laps
2. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:18.155 95 laps
3. Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:19.251 126 laps
4. Lando Norris McLaren 1:19.294 107 laps 
5. George Russell Mercedes 1:19.781 49 laps
6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:19.854 125 laps
7. Nicholas Latifi Force India 1:19.994 103 laps
8. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:20.826 63 laps
9. Oliver Rowland Williams 1:20.970 65 laps
10. Sean Gelael Toro Rosso (Pirelli test) 1:21.451 109 laps


What’s next?


Lando gets back behind the wheel of the McLaren MCL33 tomorrow for the final day of the in-season young driver test at the Hungaroring.


Test dates


Two days (Tuesday 31 July and Wednesday 1 August).
2018-07-31T20:31:49+00:00July 31st, 2018|Formula One, Mclaren|