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F1 test two: Ricciardo fastest on day two at Barcelona

F1 test two: Ricciardo fastest on day two at Barcelona

"I have one more day in the auto before Australia, and I hope we'll be able to do some long runs and check extra things in order to keep discovering more about our new package, but the fundamental questions we needed to answer in winter testing have been answered, so for me the final day is not crucial". The issues we have had are well under control.

"We tried to design the best vehicle, so we have to be convinced about the auto concept".

The Woking outfit's fortunes at Barcelona have represented an immediate improvement on twelve months earlier, though underlying pace and reliability issues - coupled with Honda's belated inroads in its new collaboration with Toro Rosso - have left many pondering whether McLaren were naïve to ditch the Japanese manufacturer.

Although the Spaniard admits McLaren's situation is not ideal, with just two days of testing remaining, he insists the British marque is working hard to resolve any concerns. Unfortunately we keep discovering small things every day but that I think is putting us in a strong position for Australia in the way that we are reinforcing all the small issues.

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McLaren get in a muddle with tyre selection on day 3 of the second pre-season test in Barcelona. That won't bother Hamilton too much as he was on a slower tyre when he clocked his fastest time.

While confident in the team's recovery to get the vehicle back out on track on Friday afternoon, Boullier admits the problems faced this year will leave McLaren with some unanswered questions in terms of reliability at the first race in Australia.

Despite losing track time to poor weather conditions last week and falling ill at the start of this week, Raikkonen said he was satisfied with his fortnight in Spain. "It doesn't matter how many laps you do, you are always kind of wondering". "Despite the problems we've faced, we're taking home an extra 810km of data back to Woking compared to this time a year ago, which will help with our analysis and inform the direction we will take with auto set-up when we arrive in Melbourne".

"The most important for us is to look ourselves, to improve the auto, and to do a lot of laps, and that is what we did today". It's part of the process. We had put this turbo onto the vehicle overnight after spotting something in the data on the current power unit during installation, and to save time with investigation elected to swap the two elements. "But I think we're going to fix it and if we can be competitive we're going to have what we wanted". Significant development gains made during the second half of the campaign allowed Red Bull to claim two of its three victories in 2017 in the closing stages of the year as it closed the gap. We have not lost our capability of designing fast cars and I hope you will see it on-track soon.


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