Lando Norris: “There are areas we know we need to improve on, but it’s been a productive day”

by Sudha Sundararaj

The McLaren F1 team completed a second trouble-free day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Lando Norris was at the wheel for the second day of the first pre-season test for 2020.

Norris completed 137 laps with a lap time of 1m18.474s which was tenth on the time charts. Norris driving the MCL35 for the first time said: “A good day – we did 137 laps, completing almost everything we wanted to do. I got a good feeling for the car, and it’s not too different to last year in terms of handling, which is a good thing.

“We got through our programme with a lot learned for both me and the team, making a good start ahead of tomorrow and next week. There are areas we know we need to improve on, but it’s been a productive day overall, which is the main thing.”

James Key, Chief Technical Director, thought it was a productive day of testing. Key said: “Another productive day today with Lando covering 137 laps. The morning was taken up with some specific aero measurements, which will give us the first proper overview of the car’s aero flow conditions. We then moved on to a set programme of test items, some of them with new parts.

“We did long runs in the afternoon combined with some mechanical set-up work and reliability tests. We also completed some general set-up work that has helped us further understand the car, in addition to what we learned yesterday with Carlos.

“Tomorrow we’ll continue the programme with both drivers, running some more new components and taking the direction we’ve learned over the last two days.” 

Both McLaren drivers will split testing duties for the third and final day of the first pre-season test.

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