Abu Dhabi Test Day 1: McLaren report
7 November, 2012
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.
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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