Turvey says McLaren still on target despite disrupted first day of F1 testing
|By Sam Tremayne and Thomas Mallett||Wednesday, May 2nd 2012, 10:54 GMT|
McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey says the team is on target to achieve all of its goals after the first day of testing at Mugello.
Turvey is sharing the driving duties with last weekend's DTM winner Gary Paffett over the three days, and despite heavy rain affecting mileage on day one, Turvey insists that the team was able to gather a significant amount of data.
"We weren't able to achieve everything," he told AUTOSPORT. "There was little dry running but we managed to achieve the main things so I think that is positive and the forecast is getting better so I expect to achieve everything we came here for," he said.
Turvey said the team was able to gather most of its data in a narrow period of drier running before lunch.
"It is obviously frustrating not to have better track conditions but in the time available I think we have made the most of the track time and we got quite a lot out of that narrow period before lunch, so I think we did all we could do."
Turvey, seventh quickest on Tuesday, says McLaren was keen for its test drivers to spend some time behind the wheel at Mugello and help with some of the developments for Barcelona.
"I think the team wanted to use me and Gary because of the work we do with the simulator so it is a good opportunity for us to both get in the car and work on the car, especially at this time of the season. It is an important time to push the development as much as we can," he said.