Report: Silverstone Test Day Two

MP4-31 Test


DateWednesday July 13 2016
DriverStoffel Vandoorne
LocationSilverstone Circuit (5.891km/3.660 miles)
Best laptime1m31.764s


Stoffel Vandoorne got back into the cockpit of the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 for the final day of in-season testing at Silverstone Circuit. Track conditions were considerably drier than yesterday and the team was able to make full use of the remaining dry tyres left over from yesterday’s wet running. A heavy rain shower shortly after lunch put a brief halt on proceedings, but the storm quickly passed and Stoffel was able to complete a productive day of testing.

The final day’s programme was a continuation of Fernando’s run plan yesterday, with further aero correlation work, multiple set-up changes, power unit functionality and systems checks, and tyre compound tests. 

The afternoon’s dry running meant Stoffel was able to test a number of set-up and balance configurations over short runs, as well as complete longer runs to monitor tyre and power unit performance, before the chequered flag fell at 18:00hrs to mark the end of the test.

Today’s running was once again trouble-free, and Stoffel clocked a total of 114 laps with a best time of 1m31.764s.

STOFFEL VANDOORNE, McLaren-Honda reserve driver

"We’ve had quite a successful day – a lot of aero stuff to do this morning and then after that I got some good runs in. We’ve been testing various new systems we’ve got on the car. It’s the final day of in-season testing so there’s always a lot on the programme to complete – not just aero and set-up but also power unit-related work.

“We weren’t too rain-affected and made the most of the dry conditions today. The car felt positive and I could push straight away, which is always a nice feeling after a few months out of the cockpit. We pressed on with a lot of development to try and resolve some of the issues we had during the British Grand Prix weekend, which wasn’t always easy as the wind changes a lot here as the day goes on and it makes quite a big difference to car balance.

“Luckily, we had a lot of tyres left because of all the rain yesterday, so in between set-up changes we tried to get as many laps in as possible, and I’m pleased with how today has gone.”

DAVID REDDING, McLaren-Honda team manager

“Stoffel started the day carrying out further aero correlation work started by Fernando yesterday. Once this was successfully completed, the programme switched to medium-term development items for both the power unit and chassis.

“Stoffel was straight up to speed and drove consistently throughout the day despite the gusting wind and occasional rain shower. Overall, we are very satisfied with how the two days of testing have gone – it’s provided us with a huge amount of valuable data to pore over, which will be put to good use by our engineers to help shape the development of the MP4-31 over the coming months and beyond.” 

SATOSHI NAKAMURA, Honda R&D Co Ltd principal engineer

“Similar to yesterday, everything went smoothly for the final day of running, and we were able to complete all aspects of our test programme. The functionality and reliability of the newly upgraded ICE intake system was further confirmed, and we were able to check for any potential shortcomings at the Hungaroring. We were also able to work on good data set-up for Hungary. This data will now be analysed on the dyno in both Milton Keynes and Sakura before the next race weekend.

“Both our drivers have done a good job over these past few days, driving solidly and giving precise, detailed feedback for us to work with, so thank you to Fernando and Stoffel. Last but not least, the team has done an incredible job during these gruelling back-to-back races and test conditions.”


1Esteban Ocon  Mercedes1m30.665s  103 laps 
2Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari1m31.212139 laps
3Pierre Gasly Red Bull1m31.429103 laps
4 Nikita Mazepin Force India1m31.561s  69 laps
5Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1m31.764114 laps 
6Valteri Bottas Williams1m32.42398 laps
7Santino Ferrucci Haas 1m33.141s107 laps 
8Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m33.308s98 laps 
9Sergio Sette CamaraToro Rosso 1m34.040s82 laps 
10Joshua King Manor 1m35.060s70 laps 
11Pascal Wehrlein Pirelli test 1m36.182s128 laps 


Our team disperses to its respective bases in Woking, Milton Keynes and Sakura to process the data from the test and continue development of the MP4-31, before heading to the next grand prix of the season in Hungary in a week’s time.


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