Turvey optimistic aero test will improve car
26 June 2013 – McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey is optimistic that his straight line outing at the Idiada motorsport complex on Tuesday will boost the team's British Grand Prix chances, with a variety of aerodynamic upgrades being trialled ahead of the Silverstone race.
The 26-year-old Briton, fresh from finishing the Le Mans 24 Hours, conducted a full day of controlled-speed runs in north-east Spain, allowing engineers to determine which parts are ready to be used during Friday's pair of 90 minute practice sessions.
"We had a busy program yesterday and we got through the whole program," Turvey explained to GPUpdate.net. "We gathered a lot of data and the team will go and analyse that before Silverstone."
He said of the outfit's chances at the venue: "If we can get both cars into Q3 and then fight for points, we’ll see what happens. At the end of the day, it’s a long race and the weather could play a part. Hopefully, with the aero test, we can improve the car. We’ll be pushing to get the best result we can."
Turvey went on to reiterate Managing Director Jonathan Neale's notion that 2013 is not a lost cause for McLaren, with the squad "working as hard as ever" to solve its issues.
"It’s been tough, but the team are pushing hard," he added. "I’m in the simulator most weeks. We’re trying to get on top of the car and to push for the rest of the season.
"Everyone is working as hard as ever. From a driver’s point of view it’s a great team to work with and to be part of. Hopefully we can improve and achieve better results."
McLaren sits sixth in the standings after seven races, 164 behind leaders Red Bull.