Report: Silverstone Test Day One

MP4-31 Test


DateTuesday July 12 2016
DriverFernando Alonso
LocationSilverstone (5.891km)
Laps/km/miles105 laps/619km/384miles
Best laptime1:31.290s


Fernando Alonso took to the wheel of the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 for the first day of in-season testing at Silverstone Circuit. In typical Silverstone fashion, the weather conditions were mixed, with a dry track and sunny spells in the morning quickly followed by heavy rain and strong gusts in the afternoon.

The changeable weather meant the team could take advantage of testing different set-ups and both dry and wet-weather tyre compounds while working through today’s programme.

Today’s run plan focus was on correlation of aero components, and verification of recent upgrades with wind tunnel data, plus set-up configuration for the next couple of races.

Some of the data collected from today’s programme will be used to aid the development of next year’s McLaren-Honda chassis. The team also performed additional testing of the recent Honda power unit upgrade.

Fernando completed today’s plan without any reliability issues, and topped the timesheets with a best lap of 1m31.290s and a tally of 105 laps.

DAVID REDDING, McLaren-Honda team manager

“It was very pleasing to complete today’s test programme, despite the ever-changing conditions posing a challenge for Fernando, our mechanics and engineers. However, the rain allowed us to test a number of different configurations, during which we collected a lot of valuable data to support set-up for the next couple of grands prix before the summer break.

“Today has been a positive day of running and the information gathered from Fernando’s total of 105 laps has provided us with the necessary tools to shape tomorrow’s programme with Stoffel. The data secured from this test will support both short and long-term development of our chassis and power unit, especially with regard to aero components. Today’s long run has also enabled us to put useful mileage on the power unit and ratify data following its latest upgrade.”

SATOSHI NAKAMURA, Honda R&D Co Ltd principal engineer

“Today's testing was focused on confirming the functionality and data of the intake system upgrade we applied on the ICE for the British Grand Prix. Thanks to Fernando’s solid and consistent running, we were able to gather useful data on reliability and performance which will keep our engineers busy tonight.

“We were able to do many laps in both the dry and wet conditions, and everything ran smoothly, so we are happy with the first day of running.”


1Fernando Alonso  McLaren1m31.290s  105 laps 
2Esteban Ocon Mercedes1m32.833s 123 laps
3Alex Lynn  Williams1m34.433s 54 laps
4Charles Leclerc  Ferrari1m34.446s  19 laps
5Nikita Mazepin  Force India1m34.521s 35 laps 
6Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1m34.643s 91 laps
7Santino FerrucciHaas 1m34.866s55 laps 
8Pascal WehrleinPirelli test1m34.982s48 laps 
9Rio Haryanto Manor1m35.631s64  laps 
10Sergey SirotkinRenault 1m36.575s48 laps 
11Pierre GaslyRed Bull1m43.891s50 laps 


Stoffel Vandoorne gets behind the wheel of the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 at Silverstone Circuit tomorrow for the final day of the test.


Two days (Tuesday 12 July – Wednesday 13 July).