He is happy with the first impressions at the wheel of the MCL34
Montmelo, 18 February.- Carlos Sainz kicked off preseason testing for the 2019 Formula 1 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Spaniard of McLaren completed the first laps of the brand-new MCL34 in a productive day for him and his team. He set the second fastest time, but most importantly put together 119 laps, equivalent to 554 kilometres. It was the most prolific start of the last decade for the Woking-based team in terms of mileage.
It was a positive start for the Spaniard, who had the chance to explore the boundaries of the MCL34 for the very first time. He worked on the set-up with no remarkable mechanical issues, completing short and medium runs both in the morning and the afternoon sessions and testing almost the entire range of tyres available.
With one hour to go for the end of the session, he set a 1:18.558 to move up to second in the standings. Still, when compared to how good the reliability was, the result is only an anecdote. Carlos was able to gather data that he will now analyse together with his engineers.
"It looks like all our hard work paid off today. It was a positive start, since we could run with no major issues, playing a bit with the set-up of our car and gathering good data that we will now analyse. Everyone in the team did a good job. Putting together almost 120 laps in our first day is a good step".
"It looks like our hard work has paid off today. It’s been a very positive start as we’ve been able to run without big issues, play a bit with the set-up of the car and gather data to analyse. Good job everyone, because almost 120 laps on the first day is a good step".
"There’s still a lot of margin to improve the car. Following today’s work, we know more clearly the direction we want to try. Now we have the information for a strong debrief, so we will keep working and moving forward".
Carlos won’t be running tomorrow, since his teammate Lando Norris will be the one behind the wheel. The Spaniard will drive again on Wednesday, when he will carry on with the development work of his new car.