McLaren 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. He completed 98 laps, setting a best time of 1:33.864.
Turvey 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.
Oliver Turvey: “It was a really busy day given 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.”
After a full day in the cockpit, Oliver hands over to Gary Paffett, who will conduct the final day of testing tomorrow.