McLaren have debuted their new much anticipated car upgrades in Friday practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso was the “best of the rest” in first practice, lining up behind the Mercedes, Ferrari & Red Bull’s, 1.7s off the pace.
Alonso’s team mate Stoffel Vandoorne was not far behind in 9th place.
|2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Practice One Results|
The second practice session in Barcelona saw race preparations for Alonso, running the whole session on used medium tyres.
Fernando ended up in 12th place, but only 0.3s shy off Stoffel Vandoorne’s super soft tyre lap time.
Heading into Saturday, the big talking point around McLaren will be again as in the previous rounds the same – qualifying pace.
McLaren are yet to appear in the 3rd part of qualiying this season – can fortunes turn around for the Woking based team in Spain, at last?
|2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Practice Two Results|
“Seen from the inside, the upgrades we brought here are a step forward. There is more performance in the car – it felt better and there was more grip. Conditions were tricky today with the hot temperatures and especially the wind; we saw a lot of people going off track and I think it’s going to be the same tomorrow.”
“It has been a positive Friday and we’ve tested everything we brought here. There’s still some debate about some of the parts, but we seem to be a little bit more competitive here than any of the other Fridays this season.”
“We’ll have a clear reference tomorrow about how much we have really improved compared to everyone else. It’s going to be cooler and there’s even a threat of rain forecast for Sunday.”
“We possibly have a chance to make it into Q3 tomorrow, so let’s try and maximise that.”
Ride onboard with Fernando Aonso on his fastest lap in FP1.