After being sidelined with an oil leak in yesterday’s testing and only managing 29 laps, you’d have thought that McLaren would be keen to get a jump on Tuesday’s activities but you’d be wrong.
At the end of the morning session, McLaren had only managed 58 total laps in one and a half days of running. Compare that to 320 laps for Mercedes and 236 laps for Ferrari. Sure, they are the top teams in the mileage competition so far but if McLaren were hoping to close the gap, then these are the teams to shoot for.
McLaren has had two engine changes in two days with Stoffel Vandoorne completing just 40 laps on day two. It’s not to suggest that it’s all over for McLaren in 2017 and surely the folks in Woking will get on top of the issues but will Honda? Is this marriage working for McLaren and Honda?
Also struggling was Canadian rookie, Lance Stroll who spun the car after just 12 laps and damaged the front wing. Not a big deal from his standpoint but what is an issue is that it seems Williams had one wing and canceled the rest of the day in order to bring more parts in from their HQ. Am I the only one that finds it odd that you have one wing for a new rookie to test with?
After having issues on day one, Red Bull was able to pull together a decent testing day for Max Verstappen and they completed 89 laps while Valtteri Bottas took his Mercedes on a simulated full-race run in the afternoon.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m22.200s||1.240s||89|
|5||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.509s||1.549s||86|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.956s||1.996s||68|