McLaren have enjoyed positive results during day two of F1 testing in Bahrain. With the MCL35M looking to deliver the goods for 2021.
As F1 testing draws to a close prior to the official launch of the 2021 Formula 1 season, the McLaren MCL35M has continued to put on a strong showing during its time on the track.
Although still early days, the MCL35M appears to already be an upgrade over its predecessor, the MCL35. Sporting new bargeboards along with the addition of the all-new Mercedes power unit, McLaren seem to have a serious competitor on their hands.
McLaren will need all the help they can get in order to retain their third place in the Constructors’ Championship. With reports Ferrari have upgraded their engine over their 2020 failure, along with the continued push of the newly rebranded Aston Martin and Alpine F1 teams.
One of the main issues facing the teams during the upcoming season is the introduction of the new aero regulations. As such, cars have been draped in aero rakes galore. Gathering that all-important data to confirm the effectiveness of car setups.
And, with more suitable weather conditions during day two of F1 testing, McLaren had the opportunity to not only further test their aero package, but also sign off on the installation of their Mercedes power unit.
“A useful day of testing – it’s good to get both drivers back in the car again after they’ve had some time to process and analyse what they experienced on day one,” Technical Director James Key said. “We had quite a varied programme today which we got through as we’d hoped. Covering over 100 laps between our two drivers, who worked on a number of aero tests and measurements, looked at some different tyre compounds in a bit more detail than yesterday, as well as completed both one-lap configurations and longer running which will give a bit of a heads-up of what to expect in those conditions.
“Our set-up tests were useful in confirming some of the learning and direction we gained from day one when we had more difficult track conditions than today. We also were able to conduct some tests to sign off aspects of our new power unit installation and operation with our colleagues at Mercedes HPP, which were completed as planned.
“Overall, it’s been a positive and busy day with a good level of reliability. We only have one day left of testing now before we hit the track for the first race of the season, so we’ll hope for a similarly productive day tomorrow and aim to maximise the small amount of time we’ve got left.”