The morning’s session was spent acclimatising Kevin Magnussen to his first run in the McLaren Formula 1 car. That meant a focus on a suite of gradual set-up changes, firstly to introduce Magnussen 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 were impressed with the Dane’s progress and aptitude. He completed 40 laps/222km.
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/244km.
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 tomorrow morning after the team completes a number of larger mechanical changes overnight. Oliver Turvey starts a similar programme in the afternoon.