Vandoorne has 'very positive' feeling about McLaren car

From ESPN - March 8, 2018

MONTMELO, Spain -- McLaren started a recovery from its difficult start to the second winter test with a day Stoffel Vandoorne described as "very positive" on Thursday.

Vandoorne completed 151 laps -- well over two race distances of the Spanish Grand Prix host venue -- on the penultimate day of 2018's pre-season. The team had only accumulated a combined 95 over the previous two days after hitting several time-consuming issues with its car.

"Today was a very positive day for us, a lot of laps obviously," Vandoorne said. "This morning was good, we have been through a lot of set-up work, understanding about the tyre compounds, a lot of learning we have kind of missed a bit at the start of this week and also last week with the bad weather conditions so that was good to go through.

"This afternoon we have completed a full race distance which was nice to get all the laps under our belt, have a feel about the car in race conditions, go through different variation of tyres as well, I think it's been a very productive day, my last day in the car as well so now looking forward to Melbourne."

Vandoorne's quickest time of the day was set on Pirelli's new hyper-soft tyre, but was 1.7s down on Sebastian Vettel's new Circuit de Catalunya lap record of 1:17.182, a benchmark set on the same tyre. That time also put McLaren behind the quickest time set by the Renault factory team and Toro Rosso, powered by its former engine partner Honda.


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