McLaren’s development Honda Formula 1 car made its first appearance on Friday during a filming day at Silverstone.
F1 teams are permitted 100km of running for a filming day for sponsors. This allowed McLaren to test their new Honda power unit and evaluate whether it will be worth running it properly in the post Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test.
McLaren’s development chassis (MP4-29H) has been designed to allow the team to maximise information from the new power unit. This will allow McLaren to develop their 2015 car, the MP4-30, and help them to improve on its aerodynamics.
100km of the Silverstone circuit equates to 16 laps, which means McLaren reserve driver Oliver Turvey, had limited time getting to grips with Honda’s v6 turbo hybrid.
The car stopped only once on track, however the team was able to get it going again immediately.
Honda’s engine chief Yosuhisa Arai, said recently that he is expecting victories in 2015 and that Honda are fully committed to making their F1 comeback a success.
“Formula 1 is a very important part of our strategy – and winning is very important for Honda,” he said.
“We want to raise the awareness of our brand and I trust – I am a firm believer – that we will win races next year.”
McLaren also seemed to have acquired the services of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, with sources saying he has signed on to return to the Woking outfit in 2015. Who he will replace still remains unknown.
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