Lewis Hamilton’s European Grand Prix engine package damage after collision with Pastor Maldonado. But McLaren guys fixed engine problem and now running in Silverstone for British Grand Prix.
McLaren concerned that the engine had damage mostly broken radiator and lost power unit. And F1’s rules meaning that the only way to test the engine is on track, McLaren chosen to assess it in FP1 at Silverstone to give it the all-clear to be able to complete a race later in the campaign.
“We were running Lewis’ Valencia engine just to check it out. McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe said.
“As you know the engine gets sealed with an exhaust plate because he had a punctured radiator in the shunt in Valencia and we lost pressure, so we needed to get some mileage on that engine and check it was okay, as it is still a prime race engine. Though not for this race weekend.”
“The engine is fine. They will do some further analysis back at base, but we got enough laps this morning for them to get the data they needed.”
“With this weather you cannot get the mileage on some things, as there is a certain discipline needed to make sure that some things are reliable for the race,” he added.
“It is not just a mileage problem in the wet, but you are not putting it through the right duties, so that is a bit of a blow in that respect. There are some things that we can carry forward, and some things we may have to say it is too much of a risk.”
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