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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: McLaren F1 - 2018 Yas Marina, (Test 5), Test Day 2

    2018 Abu Dhabi post-season tyre test - day two.

    Driver Carlos Sainz
    Location Yas Marina Circuit (5.554km/3.451 miles)
    Laps/km/miles 150 laps/833km/518 miles
    Best lap-time 1:38.547s


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    Programme

    Carlos stepped into the cockpit of the McLaren MCL33 for the first time in his McLaren career for the second and final day of the post-season Abu Dhabi tyre test at Yas Marina Circuit.
    Carlos' new chapter with McLaren started positively as he completed 150 laps, setting the fifth-fastest time of the day. He spent time adapting to the controls and settings of the car, as well as learning the relevant processes and procedures to enable him to feel comfortable behind the wheel. In addition, he performed valuable tyre evaluations, comparing both the 2018 and 2019 Pirelli compounds.

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    Carlos Sainz

    "Going out of the garage today on my first day as a McLaren driver was pretty much a dream come true. When I finally completed my first run I felt extremely good, and I must say it's been a very straightforward day.

    "The team has made me feel at home from lap one and from day one yesterday when I started working with them. I did a lot of laps today and I'm grateful to the team for giving me such a reliable car to be able to initiate me in this new chapter and new style of car.

    "From the first lap to the 150th lap, I enjoyed them all; the feeling was good and we've been able to end the season in the best way possible. As soon as I got out of the box I felt comfortable in the car. Of course, there are always going to be details to improve and new things to adapt to, like the seat and the driving style, but from the first lap I could spend time adapting and getting to know all the new controls and procedures. It's been great.

    "It's been an intense few days after the race finished here in Abu Dhabi, learning a lot of names and understanding how the car works. I'm looking forward to spending more time back at the factory over the winter getting to know the team better and preparing as much as we can for 2019."


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    Gil de Ferran
    Sporting Director


    "Today was an exciting day for the whole team, to have a completely new driver in the car. The main goal today was familiarisation with each other, which we achieved in spades.
    "We completed a great number of miles and performed all the tests required by Pirelli.

    "In closing, on this, the last day that our Formula 1 car will turn a wheel this year, I'd like to officially welcome Carlos to the team, and once again thank everyone that has contributed to the enormous effort put in during the 2018 season.

    "Enjoy your break!"


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    What's next?

    Today's test marks the end of the 2018 season and the final run for the McLaren MCL33. The team will decamp back to the McLaren Technology Centre to begin preparations for 2019.

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    Test dates

    Two days (Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 November).

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