McLaren points to Red Bull

The Woking team wants to cut half a second by 2020. Sainz completed 112 laps in his last test. Leclerc accident, Russell's best time.


Carlos Sainz said goodbye to the McLaren MCL34 with 112 laps at Yas Marina in the last test session of the 2019 season. Two key days in Abu Dhabi, because in these trainings it has been possible to work with pieces designed for 2020, and that is that in Woking It has been working for months on a design change in its car that allows them to cut up to half a second to the large ones generating more aerodynamic load. The Madrid signed the fifth fastest time at a second and a half of the head, although the quick laps were not the goal of the morning.

"It is not enough, we have to work," they slide from the direction of the British team, not at all satisfied with the fourth position in the World Builders, their best position since 2012, and a podium they had not visited for six years. By 2020 they want to be "somewhere in between where they are now" and the Ferrari or Red Bull. And according to their studies, with the current aerodynamic concept there was no room for improvement.

As for the rest of the teams, Mercedes led the last time table of the year with George Russell, the red lantern of 2019. This is what Williams has to change for the 'silver arrow', even for a day. Two tenths left Leclerc with the Ferrari before finishing the course on the wall of Curve 14. There was a red flag and the car returned to the garage by crane and under the usual secrecy of Maranello. Ocon continued to make progress with Renault, the Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi returned to Haas and in Williams' box there were little known faces: Latifi, his 2020 driver, making kilometers and getting used to the FW42 that has already worked in several free practice. And Nissany, an occasional tester (his father's finances have had something to do), closing the classification.

1 George Russell (GBr / Mercedes) 1m37.204s 145 laps2 Charles Leclerc (Mon / Ferrari) at 0.197s 1033 Lance Stroll (Can / Racing Point) 0.795s 1324 Pierre Gasly (Fra / Toro Rosso) 0.962s 1465 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1,525s 1126 Esteban Ocon (Fra / Renault) 1,746s 1287 Alexander Albon (Tai / Red Bull) 1,977s 1398 Pietro Fittipaldi (Bra / Haas) 2,478s 1359 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita / Alfa Romeo) 2,607s 11510 Nicholas Latifi (Can / Williams) 2,984s 10711 Roy Nissany (Isr / Williams) 6,688s 38



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