McLaren Honda had a better start to the second week of testing at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo on Tuesday compared to when they finished up last week as Fernando Alonso who was in action on the opening the day in the MP4-31 managed to completed 93 laps setting the third fastest time of the day with a 1m 24.735s.
The Spaniard’s day didn’t go to plan for the whole programme as he lost track due to what the team described as a small telemetry glitch.
Speaking following the action he commented by saying:
After the disappointment of not being able to complete much running at the end of last week’s test, it was positive to get so many laps on the board today. We tested a number of different configurations and spent a lot of time working on the power unit and collecting data from the aerodynamics. It’s too early to tell a real difference compared to the engine last week, as we focussed today on shorter runs and adjusting the balance and set-up of the car.
“However, today’s full day of running has been a good start to the second test, and has provided us with lots of useful data that we can analyse overnight before Jenson continues the programme tomorrow.”
McLaren Director of Engineering Matt Morris commented on the track action by saying:
After a busy and long weekend for the whole team out here at the track, back at MTC and in Sakura, we started the second test off on a positive note. It’s always encouraging to get some good mileage under our belt on the first day.
“We spent a good chunk of the day evaluating the power unit functionality, although our attention hasn’t yet turned to assessing outright performance. The important thing was to get as many miles on this package as possible, so from that point of view and the amount of data we have collected today, it has been very positive.
“We will continue to maximise our track time over the coming days, to work on ironing out reliability niggles and move on to longer runs. We also have some new aero parts arriving overnight, which will be assessed on track tomorrow with Jenson.
Honda R&D Ltd Head of F1 Project and Executive Chief Engineer, Yusuke Hasegawa commented by saying:
We had an unexpected control electronics shutdown just before lunch time, believed to be the cause of a software problem. Apart from that, we were able to run a decent amount of laps to finish the first day of the second test in Barcelona. On the power unit side, we tested many different modes of running to prepare for the race, so it was a busy day for the system engineers. As a package, we were able to test different balances of the car and tyres together with the power unit.
“We are looking to perform further detailed checks on the power unit during tomorrow’s testing.