Test and development driver Oliver Turvey took to the wheel today for his first taste of the MP4-28, on the second of this week’s three-day Young Driver Test at Silverstone.
Oliver began the day with a number of iterative aero tests, running through mechanical set-up changes and conducting tyre evaluation runs.
After lunch, he then began a series of longer runs aimed at testing modifications made in the morning. The day also enabled the team to improve correlation between the simulator and the track.
Speaking afterwards, Oliver said: “It was a really busy day given [that] we tested lots of things on the car. Hopefully it will help us to improve our understanding. Mid-seasons test are very important, which is why I hardly got out the car all day.
“I loved the experience. There are limited opportunities to drive a Formula 1 car these days, so to do nearly 100 laps was great. I’m in my fourth season with the team and really enjoying it. I want to thank them for choosing me to drive here, it was fantastic.”
What’s next: After a full day in the cockpit, Oliver hands over to Gary Paffett, who will conduct the final day of testing tomorrow. (McLaren)
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