2018 Spanish GP: McLaren Debut Upgraded Car Package in Friday Practice

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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
#DriverTeamEngineLapsTimeGap
1.finland Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes321’18.148 
2.united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes221’18.9970.849
3.germany Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari241’19.0980.950
4.netherlands Max Verstappen Red BullTAG261’19.1871.039
5.finland Kimi Raikkonen FerrariFerrari191’19.4991.351
6.spain Fernando Alonso McLarenRenault261’19.8581.710
7.australia Daniel Ricciardo Red BullTAG111’19.8711.723
8.france Romain Grosjean HaasFerrari241’19.9061.758
9.belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLarenRenault281’20.0831.935
10.france Pierre Gasly Toro RossoHonda291’20.5082.360

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 
#DriverTeamEngineLapsTimeGap
1.united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes391’18.259 
2.australia Daniel Ricciardo Red BullTAG411’18.3920.133
3.netherlands Max Verstappen Red BullTAG391’18.5330.274
4.germany Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari341’18.5850.326
5.finland Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes391’18.6110.352
6.finland Kimi Raikkonen FerrariFerrari161’18.8290.570
7.france Romain Grosjean HaasFerrari241’19.5791.320
8.denmark Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari391’19.6431.384
9.belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLarenRenault321’19.7221.463
12.spain Fernando Alonso McLarenRenault351’20.0351.776

Fernando Alonso:

“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.