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Budapest Test Four – Day Two – Mclaren

2018 Hungary in-season young driver test – day two


Wednesday 1 August 2018



Driver Lando Norris

Location Hungaroring, Budapest (4.381km/2.722 miles)

Laps/km/miles 73 laps/320km/199 miles

Best lap-time 1:18.472s





Lando completed 73 laps on the second and final day of testing for young drivers at the Hungaroring in Budapest.

The morning session’s to-do list was a continuation of yesterday’s, as Lando did a number of short runs with quick changes to facilitate aero tests, correlation and data gathering.

Over the mandatory one-hour lunch break the team carried out various component changes ready for the afternoon session, which, like yesterday, focussed on slightly longer runs for configuration tests and tyre compound evaluation, as well as further planned set-up work.

Despite threats of rain, unlike the previous day it never materialised, and Lando was able to complete his running in dry and sunny conditions.




Lando Norris

Test and Reserve Driver


“Yesterday was quite tricky because it was the first time I’ve driven in the wet in Formula 1, and it’s quite a different experience to Formula 2. Driving these cars does take a bit of time to get used to, but a lot of it’s just because of the run plan, testing a lot of different parts and getting aero data.

“The team has been trying to get as much information as they can on things open to them over the next few race weekends, and things that they tested over this weekend, so they can analyse the runs. There’s not been that much performance testing where I’ve been able to do as quick a lap-time as I would like, but a lot of it has been going over the run plan and sticking to that.

“This year’s car feels much better than last year’s, for sure, mainly because it’s got a bit more power, but it’s hard to say. Compared to last year I’ve been doing a lot more testing rather trying to make myself look good by doing a fast lap-time.

“The first important thing is being able to jump in and get up to a pretty reasonable base quickly, and not wasting the whole morning taking ages to get up to speed. It’s about being within a few metres straight away on the braking points and high-speed corners. Secondly, the team wants consistency and your feedback, so that they’re able to precisely know if something’s worse or better, and whether to keep it for the future.

“These test days are just as important as any other days I’ve ever done. Whether it’s Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, here last year, they’re all important in terms of how I drive on-track, my behaviour off-track, my feedback, and how I try and move everything forward.”




Gil de Ferran

Sporting Director


“Overall, today has been another good day, and we’ve gathered information that is both relevant for this year and next year.

“Unfortunately, we had a couple of small issues this afternoon that limited our mileage, however they didn’t have a major impact on our run plan.

“Lando has done a great job and hasn’t put a foot wrong over the last two days. Now onto our summer break, and I wish everyone an enjoyable and restful two weeks off.”



Today’s times


1. George Russell Mercedes 1:15.575 116 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:15.649 131 laps
3. Jake Dennis Red Bull Racing 1:17.012 131 laps
4. Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber 1:17.558 120 laps
5. Nikita Mazepin Force India 1:17.748 51 laps
6. Robert Kubica Williams 1:18.451 103 laps
7. Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.472 73 laps 
8. Artem Markelov Renault 1:18.496 108 laps
9. Sean Gelael Toro Rosso 1:19.046 122 laps
10. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso (Pirelli test) 1:19.790 75 laps
11. Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso (Pirelli test) 1:20.221 67 laps


What’s next?


The team heads back to its base in Woking to evaluate the data gathered from the test before a well-deserved two-week summer break, after which the second half of the season starts in earnest at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, at the end of August.


Test dates


Two days (Tuesday 31 July and Wednesday 1 August).
2018-08-01T20:20:40+00:00August 1st, 2018|Formula One, Mclaren|