McLaren cover least test distance with new car

2011 F1 testing

Jenson Button, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

McLaren covered the least distance in testing with their new car of all the teams, apart from HRT who have not yet tested their new car.

The data reflects the trouble the team have had with their MP4-26, which was introduced in the second test of the season at Jerez.

Lotus overcame a series of problems with their T128 to log one of the highest daily mileages of the year on their final day of testing.

Heikki Kovalainen covered 642km – the equivalent of more than two race distances – on his last day in the car.

Ferrari covered the most ground in the 15 days of pre-season testing, racking up almost 7,000km, almost twice as much as McLaren’s 3,601km.

Ferrari and Red Bull accumulated more than a season’s racing mileage in 15 days, each managing more than 6,100km.

Despite the usual testing problems most teams managed to share the run roughly equally between their two drivers. Mercedes gave Nico Rosberg extra running in Friday’s dry session to compensate for lost laps earlier in testing.

See below for a day-by-day breakdown on the amount of testing done by each team and driver. This does not include testing done in private ‘filming’ days.

Daily testing distances by car

This chart shows how many kilometres each car covered on each day of testing.

1st Feb 2nd Feb 3rd Feb 10th Feb 11th Feb 12th Feb 13th Feb 18th Feb 19th Feb 20th Feb 21st Feb 8th Mar 9th Mar 10th Mar 11th Mar 12th Mar
150??? Italia 392.49 432.54 320.4 447.228 513.648 580.068 509.22 470.155 418.95 572.565 544.635 0 470.155 614.46 656.355 23.275
RB7 372.465 240.3 420.525 416.232 495.936 433.944 398.52 172.235 484.12 647.045 297.92 451.535 521.36 451.535 297.92 0
C30 272.34 168.21 416.52 416.232 247.968 371.952 380.808 363.09 581.875 535.325 325.85 418.95 498.085 442.225 456.19 0
W02 96.12 276.345 440.55 296.676 495.936 504.792 199.26 418.95 609.805 428.26 512.05 0 465.5 414.295 414.295 186.2
STR6 80.1 440.55 292.365 323.244 318.816 407.376 398.52 265.335 451.535 339.815 414.295 223.44 558.6 498.085 335.16 0
R31 112.14 416.52 380.475 252.396 283.392 380.808 301.104 218.785 474.81 432.915 442.225 218.785 539.98 260.68 311.885 0
FW33 312.39 316.395 404.505 61.992 163.836 438.372 456.084 242.06 549.29 279.3 563.255 0 134.995 488.775 465.5 107.065
VJM04 0 0 0 123.984 323.244 283.392 438.372 121.03 372.4 474.81 283.955 321.195 549.29 502.74 316.54 0
T128 0 60.075 152.19 239.112 177.12 270.108 190.404 251.37 391.02 223.44 65.17 367.745 456.19 214.13 642.39 0
MVR-02 0 0 0 185.976 252.396 318.816 194.832 539.98 307.23 451.535 214.13 265.335 297.92 446.88 214.13 0
MP4-26 0 0 0 256.824 305.532 159.408 309.96 358.435 251.37 432.915 470.155 344.47 265.335 0 265.335 153.615
F110 180.225 320.4 252.315 0 0 0 0 539.98 325.85 330.505 0 0 0 0 0 0
VJM03 396.495 444.555 468.585 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MP4-25 364.455 332.415 420.525 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VR-01 284.355 136.17 456.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
F111 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HRT did not test on the 10th-13th, 21st and 8th-12th. Ferrari, Mercedes and Williams did not test on the 8th. McLaren did not test on the 10th. Red Bull, Sauber, Renault, Force India, Lotus, Virgin and Toro Rosso did not test on the 12th.

Cars testing mileages

Team Model Total laps Total distance (km)
Ferrari 150??? Italia 1563 6,984.76
Red Bull RB7 1371 6,124.87
Sauber C30 1316 5,914.24
Mercedes W02 1286 5,777.65
Toro Rosso STR6 1194 5,351.89
Renault R31 1126 5,031.33
Williams FW33 1119 4,983.81
Force India VJM04 899 4,124.92
Lotus T128 816 3,719.08
Virgin MVR-02 807 3,707.78
McLaren MP4-26 785 3,601.28
HRT F110 445 1,949.28
Force India VJM03 327 1,309.64
McLaren MP4-25 279 1,117.40
Virgin VR-01 219 877.10
HRT F111 0 0

Drivers testing mileages

Driver Total laps Total distance (km)
Felipe Massa 774 3,501.711
Fernando Alonso 789 3,483.053
Mark Webber 730 3,272.088
Michael Schumacher 716 3,200.428
Rubens Barrichello 694 3,101.516
Sergio Perez 670 2,989.900
Kamui Kobayashi 646 2,924.340
Sebastian Vettel 641 2,852.779
Jerome d’Ambrosio 616 2,794.998
Paul di Resta 606 2,693.579
Sebastien Buemi 590 2,627.786
Nico Rosberg 570 2,577.226
Jaime Alguersuari 531 2,391.327
Adrian Sutil 518 2,312.313
Jenson Button 506 2,255.627
Vitaly Petrov 491 2,239.711
Lewis Hamilton 467 2,098.597
Pastor Maldonado 425 1,882.298
Heikki Kovalainen 409 1,870.537
Timo Glock 410 1,789.877
Nick Heidfeld 368 1,693.518
Narain Karthikeyan 336 1,441.880
Jarno Trulli 302 1,359.772
Robert Kubica 199 796.995
Nico H???lkenberg 102 428.660
Gary Paffett 91 364.455
Daniel Ricciardo 73 332.778
Vitantonio Liuzzi 70 325.850
Bruno Senna 68 301.104
Davide Valsecchi 50 232.750
Giorgio Mondini 39 181.545
Luiz Razia 29 134.995
Ricardo Teixeira 26 121.030

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112 comments on McLaren cover least test distance with new car

  1. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 13th March 2011, 11:25

    Graph box is showing up, but no data?

  2. BrownyNSW said on 13th March 2011, 11:32

    I wonder how much Red Bull where licking their lips having got 4 days of perfect dry running in the final test and seeing their main rivals sitting in the garage due to the heavy rain that wrecked the final days testing.

  3. with HRT missing some testing, could they test somewhere else?? its not going to happen because they cant afford it and there isn’t really time and they probably cant risk any of the cars they have because they have to be raced in melbourne.

    i was just wondering if the regulations allowed HRT to test even though they realistically cant?

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 13th March 2011, 11:48

      Maybe they can film?

    • In theory, I think they can get back the additional days, but there’s not enough time left before Melbourne.

      That said, who do they ask permission from? It’s the FIA, right? They’re not a member of FOTA, after all.

      • DANK said on 13th March 2011, 17:27

        They can for “marketing purposes”, just like Ferrari and a few other teams did.

      • DeadManWoking said on 13th March 2011, 18:37

        HRT can test all they want up to the FIA limit of 15,000 km and time cutoff of the weekend before the first race, that is if they could afford to rent an approved track to do it at.

        • Icthyes said on 13th March 2011, 19:45

          They can also exchange track time for wind tunnel time I believe, not that that’s feasible either.

          • DeadManWoking said on 14th March 2011, 12:05

            It’s one of the 4 straight line aero test days they’re allowed per year (Jan 1-end of last race) that may be swapped for 4 hours of the only full scale wind tunnel testing that they are allowed (All the rest is only 60% or less).

            F1 Sporting Regs 22.1a
            iii) four one day aerodynamic tests carried out on FIA approved straight line or constant radius sites between 1 January 2010 and the end of the last Event of the Championship. Any of these days may be substituted for four hours of wind-on full scale wind tunnel testing to be carried out in a single twenty four hour period.

  4. Enigma (@enigma) said on 13th March 2011, 11:43

    You should show how much kilometres F150, F150th Italia and 150° Italia did, not only for 150° Italia :)

  5. RIISE (@riise) said on 13th March 2011, 11:50

    Schumacher was a busy boy, I think this shows how committed to bringing Mercedes back up to speed. I believe he is a genuine title contender this year.

  6. Spencer said on 13th March 2011, 12:01

    The basic stock iPhone weather app was saying heavy rain for Saturday at the final Barcelona test all week. Why with all the forecasting the teams have, would they choose to pick a day that was predicted to be very wet from the outset?

    • The teams that tested saturday, other than mclaren, had already done a shed load of miles on their cars and if the rain was a bit lighter than it turned out to be it would have been a good opportunity to get some wet testing in to finish off testing. It was worth the risk for everyone else, no idea why mclaren did it.

  7. Icthyes said on 13th March 2011, 12:01

    McLaren’s problem now is the limited tyres for free practice. It’s not like they can run around for ages to catch up. Expect a tough fly-away tour, but if they can be on the pace by Europe then they’ll still be in the hunt, it’ll just be a long, long slog.

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 13th March 2011, 12:15

      You know I was thinking on my way to the pub… and I am willing to wager that even though Macca is saying we know what we are doing in postponing testing and all that rot, that by the end of the season we will hear Whitmarsh saying “we suffered from a lack of testing”.

      • Todfod (@todfod) said on 13th March 2011, 12:35

        Agree. I could see Mclaren catching up with the RBs and Ferraris.. but all there developments will not be sure fire improvements, as they did not test enough before the season started.

        • Bren said on 13th March 2011, 13:38

          and it was too rushed developments that lost them the title last year.

          lewis binning both suzuka and hockenhim major upgrades didnt help either.

          but uptil middle of the season they were long way ahead of ferrari and somehow got lost big time on development. canada and turkey they by far the best car….how did it go so wrong so quickly??

    • I agree. They could/should catch up and still challenge but these early flyaways could really cost them the title.

  8. Mads (@mads) said on 13th March 2011, 12:20

    I have a question actually. They cover a serious number of km in testing but what about the engines? they have 8 per driver per season, but is the engines they use for testing also from those 8 engines or are they allowed to use as many engines as they like for testing?

  9. enka said on 13th March 2011, 12:27

    is it due to budget limitation?

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 13th March 2011, 12:35

      Is what due to budget limitations?

    • I doubt it very much, however it does raise a good question.

      Mclaren as a company have just invested heavily in their new road car program and are known to be developing their engine building areas ready for the new rules and for when their Merc deal expires.

      Its also likely that now McLaren are not Mercedes “factory” team the investment from them could have gone down from what it has been in previous seasons, although im quite sure that their engines are supplied free of charge?

      I dont think it was lack of budget that is the reason for the lack of testing but it will be interesting to see if as this season develops its an area that has an implication on their ability to catch up.

      • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 13th March 2011, 12:45

        Interesting Lee. So if macca is planning on developing their own engines… do they, or are they thinking about 2012, or 2013. big big difference. Why put money into a v8 when the future is a turbo V4?

        • From whats been published on here and other F1 websites, and said at various points by pundits and commentators last year the merc deal ends at the end of the 2012 season.

          The engine currently in the new sports car is a Mclaren built V8 twin turbo engine rather than the Mercedes engine that was in the SLR they built with mercedes.

          Entering into the F1 engine area of things in 2013 would make sense as its a clean sheet of paper for everyone, however it obviously will be requiring research and development prior to that, something that will most certainly not be cheap for the team.

          On the finance area again i do remember reading that Santander extended their relationship with the team, a relationship that was originally due to end at the end of last season after a years overlap with Ferrari so major backing in that area of things you would assume hasnt changed.

          • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 13th March 2011, 13:31

            On that alone I could speculate a very good reason for Ron Dennis stepping down as F1 team principal be in control of the engine development.

            There is a video of the new Macca sports car somewhere recently on this forum. It was badged “Mclaren” on the engine, so yes it’s pointing in the direction of Macca building their own F1 engines, which I think is fantastic.

            I’m a Ferrari fan and we consider Macca to be the biggest of our biggest rivals. To have witnessed McLaren struggle with Peugeot and Fords when Honda pulled out was painful even for us. I’m glad to see that they may develop their own engines when Mercedes has said bye bye and at least spare them that grief.

          • DeadManWoking said on 13th March 2011, 18:32

            IIRC the McLaren-Mercedes engine deal has options through 2015. 2013 may be too soon for Macca to build their own but I can see them doing it eventually.

  10. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 13th March 2011, 12:33

    Interesting it took 8 days of testing the mp4 26 to do what the mp4 25 did in a single day.

  11. Eggry (@eggry) said on 13th March 2011, 13:06


  12. graigchq said on 13th March 2011, 13:20

    HRT didn’t test their be car? Been away for the qeejrd but wasn’t it “confirmed” that the new car was to be unveiled on friday?
    Bunch of losers if you ask me. Klien shouldn’t be disappoint ed rather happy that he isn’t associated with this joke of a team

  13. One point I want to make on McLaren: are they now feeling the pain of Pat Fry’s departure? I know Pat just left very recently and has probably had little effect at either McLaren or Ferrari. But could Pat have any connection to the fact that McLaren is one of the teams with the least mileage in testing and Ferrari is one of the teams with the most mileage?

    • Cacarella said on 13th March 2011, 14:30

      Ferrari’s philosophy has always been to test, test, test more, and when you’re done, go testing some more. I don’t think Pat had anything to do with Ferrari’s reliability either, they’re testing a revised version of their 2010 F10 which was pretty reliable.

      • True in Ferrari’s case, but this isn’t usual business for McLaren. I haven’t seen their cars to be this unreliable since… 2005?

        • 2006 was not great either as far as reliability goes. They did not win a single race that season.
          Bad Mclaren reliability from Kimi days is back. I hope not.

          • Their reliability was actually mostly fine in 2006 (notwithstanding Kimi’s suspension failure during quali in Bahrain). Their problem that year was genuine lack of pace.

  14. Darren said on 13th March 2011, 13:28

    It’s really surprising to see McLaren struggling to get miles up. Red Bull have really evolved forward from season to season. Last years car and success has almost caused rival teams to ‘over design’ their 2011 entries and McLaren has probably come out worst.

    Some really positive comments coming from Lotus and their rear end design seems to have made giant leaps in performance terms. I’m really looking forward to see how they progress this year.

    • I have to agree with this, Im a big fan of conservative evolution year on year, especially when a cars design has worked well.

      I was very surprised when Mclaren anounced their car was going to be this radical and experimental, they had a good car at the end of last season, they developed it well, much like ferrari did theirs. It would surely have made more sense to continue along that path to ensure competitiveness. If they had had a really poor or not so successful year i could understand a radical approach that say Renault have gone down as they would have nothing to lose, however as it is they are looking at competing well back in the midfield at the moment at a time in the sport when strong starts to the season are so so essential.

  15. The McLaren driven on friday and saturday has little winglets just behind the mirrors. I thought such winglets were banned in the 09 rule changes?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th March 2011, 17:18

      Well, you are not allowed to put winglets on the sidepods. But with their U/L sidepods this winglet is inside the area defined for the sidepod (a bit like those deflector panels in front of the sidepod).

      • ah thanks, i was thinking that the rule applied to the monocoque as well

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 15th March 2011, 10:17

          It does, just this winglet is inside the “box” defined for the shape of the sidepod, so they can put it there, as long as it does not protruges out of that area. As McLaren has the cut in the sidepod it fits in nicely there.

    • MacademiaNut said on 14th March 2011, 0:26

      Is there a picture of this? Sounds interesting..

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