McLaren again sinks in trials led by Hamilton
The McLaren team returned to show their worst face in the first day of test of the circuit of Bahrain where it was the team that could least shoot by difference. Its pilot tester Oliver Turvey finished in last position in a day commanded by Lewis Hamilton. The young British driver debuted at the wheel of the MCL32 and was barely able to run 16 laps throughout the day, less than half that of the second least active driver of the day, Lance Stroll (Williams) , who completed 35 laps but shared work with his teammate.
Team Felipe Massa who made 55. The problems for Fernando Alonso’s team started very fast, as Turvey was barely able to complete two laps before his car crashed. The team confirmed it was a water leak in the ERS forced to change the engine and had several hours stopped the car. In the afternoon, the English could roll almost at the end, but barely half an hour and did not avoid finishing last, more than 3.6 seconds of the best record of the day.
Thanks to Oliver Turvey and his team for their hard work in difficult conditions, McLaren said through his Twitter account, issuing a public apology to his own pilot. Stoffel Vandoorne will be in charge of piloting the McLaren in the second day. In the past Bahrain Grand Prix, Stoffel Vandoorne was unable to take the start due to a mechanical breakdown. Fernando Alonso, who retired two laps to the finish, said he had never run with less power in his life.
At the top of the classification Mercedes and Ferrari confirmed that they are the fittest teams and managed to finish in the lead. Their drivers among the most active, only surpassed by the 106 laps of Marcus Ericsson (Sauber).The best record was for Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1: 31.58 after rolling 97 laps, four more than the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Ferrari), second to more than six tenths of the three-world champion.