F1 testing: McLaren conclude ‘productive pre-season test’ in Bahrain

F1 testing: McLaren conclude ‘productive pre-season test’ in Bahrain

F1 testing has wrapped in Bahrain. And other than some minor complications, McLaren couldn’t be happier with the results of the MCL35M.

McLaren have competed their scheduled three days of F1 testing in Bahrain. And, while this time of year can be a stressful one for constructors. The team enjoyed a relatively headache free experience. With only a small number of complications to work through.

Lando Norris got his chance to have a run in the MCL35M during the morning, completing 56 laps. Finishing with a lap time of 1:30.661 to secure 3rd fastest for the session and 11th overall for the day.

Switching to the afternoon session for the final round of F1 testing, Daniel Ricciardo pushed out 75 laps. Claiming the 7th fastest lap time of the day, with a 1:30.144.

McLaren to analyse testing data ahead of Bahrain GP

With a brand new Mercedes power unit and geabox for the upcoming Formula 1 season. Along with the resulting chassis changes required to accommodate the new engine, McLaren have had plenty of testing and data to pour over during their three days at Bahrain.

Something McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl says will continue, as the team analyses all the aspects of the MCL35M ahead of the season opener at the Bahrain International Circuit.

“It’s been a productive pre-season test for us in Bahrain,” Seidl said. “The reduced number of days meant it was crucial to maximise our running time and we’re pleased with the amount of work we’ve been able to complete. Lando’s feedback gave us a good benchmark on the MCL35M compared to our previous car. While Daniel was able to get more familiar with the car and provide useful data and insight for the engineers.

“The conditions out on track were slightly different to what we’re used to here in Bahrain. Running during the day means the track temperatures are much higher than usual, and the sandstorm on Friday evening proved an interesting challenge for the team and drivers. Despite this, we completed our run plans as expected throughout the weekend, with both drivers covering 328 laps over the three days.

“The team, both here in Bahrain and back at the factory, has done an excellent job alongside our Mercedes colleagues to deliver a reliable car, which is crucial to a productive test. We head back to Woking to analyse all the data and make our final preparations before we return to Bahrain for the start of the season.”

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