F1 News: Gary Paffett and McLaren to part company

McLaren logoWOKING, SURREY, UK – Monday 17th November 2014 – After a long and successful association, Gary Paffett and McLaren will part company at the end of the 2014 Formula 1 season, with McLaren changing engine partner from Mercedes-Benz to Honda.

Gary began working with McLaren in 2006, and has spent the past eight years as a combination of test driver and reserve driver. Read more of this post

F1 – Silverstone Young Driver Test Day Three – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

Mclaren logo 3Test report – Silverstone day three

Date                 Friday July 19 2013

Driver               Gary Paffett Read more of this post

F1 – 2012 Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 2 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

TEST REPORT: Abu Dhabi – day two

Date                 Wednesday November 7 2012

Drivers             Gary Paffett (am)/Oliver Turvey (pm) Read more of this post

F1 – 2012 Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

TEST REPORT: Abu Dhabi – day one Read more of this post

F1 – Mugello Test Day 3 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

MUGELLO TEST – day three

Date Thursday May 3 2012

Driver Oliver Turvey Read more of this post

F1 – Mugello Test Day 1 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

MUGELLO TEST – day one

Date Tuesday May 1 2012

Driver Oliver Turvey (am)/Gary Paffett (pm) Read more of this post

F1 – Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 2 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 2 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes Read more of this post

F1 – Abu Dhabi Young Driver test Day 1 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

Abu Dhabi Young Driver test Day 1 – Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes Read more of this post

F1 – Testing Day 1, Mclaren

With the launch of our 2011 chassis scheduled for this Friday, this week’s three-day Valencia test centres on Pirelli tyre development using one of last year’s MP4-25 cars.

  “The car we ran today ought to allow us to get the right loadings on the Pirellis to understand how they behave,” said Gary Paffett at the end of the day. “The tyres have changed since we last ran them in Abu Dhabi last year, and they’ll change again before the start of the season.

  “Today was about trying to understand the tyres – we established a good baseline and then did some long runs. Happily, the wear issues we experienced in Abu Dhabi have definitely improved; we saw better wear patterns and fewer problems with the tyres.

  “It’s useful to understand how the tyres go off, and how the balance changes once they do. The Medium seems to last the longest and the Super-soft the shortest, but that’s exactly what you want from a tyre – and it should lead to different strategies once we start racing.”

  Lewis takes over at the wheel tomorrow, continuing our programme of understanding and developing the new Pirelli rubber.