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.

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011carcolours.csv

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?é?? 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?é?? 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?â??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. well for sure this year mclaren will be no where near the top for monte carlo. their wheel base is just way too big to run well there. Conversly spa may be their best race. i feel like Mclaren will be like for india was a couple of years ago when it had all the straight line speed…

  2. wasiF1 said on 13th March 2011, 15:05

    Mclaren may need to pay for that low numbers,nice to see Sauber & Torro Rosso have picked up good mileage along with Schumacher to whom everyone will be looking forward.

  3. Bosco said on 13th March 2011, 15:43

    Where are the numbers for the MP4-26, only last years testing numbers are shown?

  4. Fixy (@fixy) said on 13th March 2011, 17:09

    Yay! Ferrari and Massa first!

  5. Dave said on 13th March 2011, 17:34

    The mp4-25 was built around an aggressive double diffuser which would explain a radical redesign, both the Ferrari and the Red Bull had efficient designs from front to rear not relying on a diffuser as theirs being among the simplest of the front running teams.

    This would explain the radical Mclaren design as it required a clean slate to build on in the following seasons. I have confidence Mclaren will eventually come good but probably won’t be challenging the top two at the start of the season. I also highly doubt they have produced another turkey like the mp4-24.

    • DeadManWoking said on 13th March 2011, 18:50

      There’s only going to be one more season for these cars after this one, then it’s all change for 2013.

  6. Ralph Schumacher said on 13th March 2011, 18:27

    i’m sure the MP426 will eventually come right. I have to be. I am a McLaren fan. However, would it be wrong to say that some races, especially the first 4 or so will be won purely on tyre strategy? I cant help but think that the faster a car is, the harsher it will be on the tyres. If the redbull is lapping 8tenths faster than the Mclaren, after a gruelling 50 odd laps, it might require an extra tyre change in comparison to a car that was a second slower per lap.
    #justathought

    • DeadManWoking said on 13th March 2011, 18:48

      A second slower a lap is a minute or so in the race and an extra tire stop takes less than half that.

    • Icthyes said on 13th March 2011, 19:52

      Maybe the opposite actually and I fear for the McLaren in this respect, that wheelbase is pretty long and may result in them chewing up their tyres faster.

  7. Keith,

    Apologies if it’s not allowed, but this is link of a podcast from BBC: Midweek Motorsports, with Nick Damon and Anthony Davidson.

    http://audio.mpix.org.uk/specials/2011/2011_f1_preview.mp3

    Some interesting views on McLaren and their car design (from 30 min).

  8. Rob Wilson said on 13th March 2011, 20:21

    2010 is the last time McLaren will have numbers 1 & 2 on their car.

  9. It appears that they have serious issues with their exhaust. The car is design around it, while they can’t make it work due to the hot gasses. As a McLAren fan, I hope they can solve it asap.

  10. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 13th March 2011, 23:44

    @Icthyes
    Actually, the long wheel base was meant to help with tyre degradation, not hinder it, in the rear I believe.

    @Ralph Schumacher
    As good lap times mainly come from good downforce, the likelihood is that the slower cars, which have less downforce will be equally as bad, if not worse on their tyres due to lower grip levels.

    I read somewhere that the problem with these tyres wasn’t overheating (degradation), and therefore the rules that apply are different to previous seasons.

    Obviously, there are more variables in tyre degradation than downforce though, and maybe, just maybe that what McLaren’s car design was based around. It could well be a slower car, which is easier on its tyres. Although, for that to pay off, then they’d realistically need to still be within half a second or so to leapfrog the leaders by doing one less stop.

  11. Ralph Schumacher said on 14th March 2011, 1:28

    still alot of unknowns about the cars of 2011 and how they’ll handle under the circumstances. It’s going to be a cracker of a season…

  12. mash26 said on 14th March 2011, 2:46

    Its now clear that had they simply stuck to their programme with the 25 they would have maintained their momentum past germany, certainly long enough to secure both titles. But you can’t fault them for trying(EBD). Its the complete opposite this year though coz they clearly need to simplify.
    What a pity.

  13. Keith, you got Massa on number one with 774 laps (3,501) and Alonso second with 789 laps (3,483). Is this possible?

  14. welshie said on 15th March 2011, 19:13

    I just think that we should not be fooled totally by testing, Mclaren knew all along they would miss firts test and admit they have only really been datya gathering for the simulator, even Button admits that despite outward problems there is pace in the car, wait for Australia, both Mclarens will be challnging for podium, by 3rd or 4th race they will be right on it

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