Turvey 'still achieved something' at test
19 April 2017 – McLaren-Honda test and development driver Oliver Turvey feels that he "still achieved something" during the first day of in-season running, despite restricted mileage.
Turvey, who last drove an F1 car with McLaren in 2015, got his first taste of the MCL32 at the Sakhir circuit on Tuesday, with a view to comparing simulator and on track data.
But after just two exploratory laps, a water leak from the ERS was detected, as partner Honda's troubles continued, prompting a full power unit change for the afternoon.
Turvey eventually made it back out on track to complete 15 more laps, finishing up with a time of 1:35.011, the slowest of 12 runners and some 3.5 seconds off the pace.
Reflecting on the day, Turvey said: "I've been looking forward to getting back in the car so I'm really grateful to McLaren-Honda for giving me the opportunity to drive here.
"It's frustrating to have had an issue in the morning which cost us a lot of track time, but, for me, every lap in a Formula 1 car is beneficial and it was great to be back in the car.
"I got a few laps in at the end and managed to get enough of a feel for what the car is like to be able to go back to MTC and contribute to the correlation between the car and simulator.
"I do a lot of work in the simulator so being able to correlate between there and the track is really important; I still feel we achieved something despite the limited running."
Turvey also got a feel for the increased physicality of 2017's cars.
"I've been training hard for the last three months in preparation for this test, and I knew the physicality of the new cars would be a step up, so I felt ready," he added.
"The high-speed corners felt very quick and the downforce level feels a lot higher than I can remember, so I think it's definitely a more enjoyable car to drive this year.
"I last drove for McLaren-Honda in 2015, so the car feels completely different. It's hard to compare from year to year, but any time and knowledge I can pick up is important."
Stoffel Vandoorne has taken over for the second test day.