Abu Dhabi Test Day 1: McLaren report

Nov.7 (McLaren) The morning’s session was spent acclimatising Kevin Magnussen to his first run in a Formula One car. That meant a focus on a suite of gradual set-up changes, firstly to introduce Kevin to the behaviour of a grand prix car under different mechanical influences, but also to fine-tune the car’s set-up to his personal preference. The team was impressed with the Dane’s progress and aptitude. He completed 40 laps / 222 km.

Gary Paffett undertook the afternoon’s running, undertaking a challenging programme primarily focusing on evaluating a wide number of aerodynamic and suspension developments – either for imminent use in the final two races, or for future development for next year’s car. He completed 44 laps/244 km.

Gary’s large workload also required a consistent baseline, meaning he drove without the benefit of DRS and some way below the limit in order to eliminate unwanted variables.

What’s next:
Gary concludes his running on Wednesday morning after the team completes a number of larger mechanical changes overnight. Oliver Turvey starts a similar programme in the afternoon.

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