Jenson Button, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

McLaren cover least test distance with new car

2011 F1 testing

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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. Graph box is showing up, but no data?

    1. OK… switched to Chrome, all is good

    2. Works fine for me.

      1. Opera can be a bit buggy at times.

        1. Change the selection and the graph appears.

    3. Works for me!

      Wow… The Ferrari’s did an absolutely stupid amount of laps. You gotta hand it to them, they are very, very good.

    4. Not much help if you don’t tell me which browser you’re using. The graphs haven’t changed since they were introduced a few months ago and they were checked across all browsers then. Just checked these in IE, Firefox and Chrome and on my phone and no problems.

      1. Bit buggy with Opera, you have to un-check and then recheck the select options to see.

        1. Yup, that’s what I’m getting in Opera 11.x. Not unmanagable, just a bit odd to see a white square in the middle of articles whenever there are graphs :)

    5. I have never been able to view the graphs since they were changed a few months ago. I have Internet Explorer 9.0.8080.16413IC.

      1. I believe IE9 has not been officially released yet.

    6. DeadManWoking
      13th March 2011, 18:34

      No problems here with IE8 and Firefox.

  2. 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.

    1. I think Webber said it best… “We’re ready to go to Melbourne”

      1. I think they were ready at the first day of the last test. They did a lot of pit stop training on the days after that.
        But Ferrari are probably just as good prepared. Mercedes look like getting where they wanted to be by the end of the test.

        1. Only Mclaren and Force India look to be struggling to me. Which means the predictions are going to be very difficult!

        2. They did a lot of pit stop training for good reason. If we really do have 3-4 stop races, that’s double the stops from last year, which means the speed of a pit stop is twice as important as last year.

    2. Probably not too much. Ferrari seem on the ball. I would say that Mercedes might be kicking themselves a bit, considering that the upgrade package they’ve stuck on is very good.

      On the other hand though, Ferrari, Mercedes, Mclaren and Williams have done some miles with the full wet tyres. It wasnt a lot, but they have some data on those tyres which the likes of Red Bull, Renault and the rest dont have.

      1. James that’s a great point on the wets. Considering that the first 4 races of last year were wet ones.

        1. Mclarens tyre data will be pretty good considering they did 4700 laps if you combine both their cars.

        2. I dont remember Bahrain being wet ;)

    3. Good point – although Ferrari only did five laps in the wet session yesterday so they’re still looking good!

      1. Haha. This is true. Better nothing I guess!

        1. *Better than nothing

  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?

    1. Maybe they can film?

      1. If they can afford a camera…

    2. 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.

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

      2. DeadManWoking
        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.

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

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

    1. ha ha ha!

    2. If they were counted as separate cars I wonder if any did more than the MP4-26 did in all of testing.

    3. Wow… almost 7,000 K. I don’t know how many times they changed engines to do that,but they will knew with weeks to go ho to prep their engines and gearboxes for multiple races.

      1. Correction: know not knew and how not ho… Enigma still has me wetting my pants laughing :P

    4. Well said Enigma

    5. MacademiaNut
      14th March 2011, 0:21

      Where’s the Like button when you need one?

      1. Really we do need that ‘like’ & ‘dislike’ button,this is something Keith have to look out for 2011.

  5. 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.

    1. *How committed he is*

      Why no edit button =(

      1. Good new is there is an edit function on the new live blog!

        It’s a fantastic set up You get all the tweets you want on the left column, or you can slide the comment section bar to the left and the tweets disappear leaving you with a whole page of comments from f1fanatics. It’s so much easier to follow that the old format.

        1. news not new… Ermmm… where is the blog edit function that we are crying for? haha

        2. Cool. Can’t wait to see the first live blog for FP1. The testing live blogs were all a bit too early for me. Bring on the real season!

    2. He was also lucky that he didn’t suffer the amount of hydraulic problems Nico got while testing the car.

  6. 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?

    1. 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. 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.

    1. 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”.

      1. 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.

        1. 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??

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

  8. 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?

    1. Season starts with a new engine… then the countdown begins.

      1. So they can use as many engines as they like in testing without affecting the number of engines they have for the season?

        1. Yes. No limits on any piece of equipment (engine, gearbox, etc.) in winter testing.

    2. Good new is they may have on less race to do… well maybe, depends if Bernie manages to Bahrain back into the schedule.

      1. one not on. Proof reading after the fact is a talent that I have in spades apparently.

    3. 4 engines for testing i guess.

      1. Your guess would be as good as mine Dev… the real question is, where is prisoner monkeys when we need a definitive technical question answered? Honestly I’m searching and I can’t find an answer to how many engines they can use in testing.

        1. Probably the uses of engine is not limited. Though it is only my prediction.

          1. I believe it’s unlimited.

  9. is it due to budget limitation?

    1. Is what due to budget limitations?

    2. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

          1. 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