McLaren’s progress hampered by engine failure
Jenson Button and McLaren’s final day testing the MP4-29 at the Bahrain International Circuit was hampered by an internal combustion engine failure.
The high-mileage unit stopped working late in the morning and Button was forced to stop on the track, causing one of eight red flag periods over the course of the day. The team, unfortunately, had to change the engine and the mechanics spent most of the afternoon working to get the car back out.
However, the team then discovered an as-yet undiagnosed control electronics issue. This meant the 2009 world champion was only able to add one lap to his tally by the end of the day.
He completed 22 laps overall after a difficult final day at the office. The next time he drives the MP4-29 will be in first practice for the season opener in Australia.
The engine failure and electronics problem meant the team wasn’t able to gain any driver feedback on the Melbourne-spec front-wing that it had brought to Bahrain.
However, he was able to complete some set-up work for McLaren in the morning and set the 10th fastest time. The session was extended by 25 minutes at the end of the day to allow the circuit’s new floodlights system to be tested.
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