A very productive last day of testing for McLaren Honda at the final in-season test at the Hungaroring, and a positive one for the team’s test and simulator driver Lando Norris, who stepped into the cockpit of the MCL32 for the very first time.
Lando made the most of the track time to familiarise himself with the steering wheel controls and system operations of the car, while also conducting some valuable test runs. The team began the morning gathering useful aero data during single-lap runs interspersed with quick-fire set-up changes, before moving to slightly longer runs as the session progressed. Like yesterday, the focus was on handling, balance and stability evaluations as well as aero correlation.
It was also a good opportunity for Lando to get acquainted with the characteristics of the car’s handling and work closely with the engineers. After a solid morning in which he completed 58 laps before breaking for lunch, Lando had a small spin on-track, after which the team elected to tow the car back to the garage to check things over as a precaution. Fortunately, he hadn’t picked up any damage and no issues were detected, so the team was able to continue with its planned changes over lunch in preparation for the afternoon session.
Following lunch, the team again concentrated on set-up adjustments between quick laps before moving to high-fuel longer runs. Lando set the second-fastest time, a position he enjoyed for the majority of the day, and completed a total of 91 laps.