Fernando Alonso has posted a video of himself undertaking reaction training in Dubai. The video shows the Spaniard putting his senses to the test in a dark room, allowing for the best environment to test his reaction times in his bid to be back in the cockpit of the MP4-30 at Malaysia in two weeks time.
Fernando Alonso completed 32 laps on his last day of testing at the Jerez circuit. The test is being used by McLaren and Honda as a time to get some serious laps in, in order to bed in the new partnership ahead of the 2015 F1 season. Alonso left the garage immediately in the morning and managed to even complete a 10 lap run whilst the track was still damp, after overnight rain, as a result his quickest time of a 1m35.553 was unrepresentative.
Jenson Button was in the garage watching the teams progress. Unfortunately the session came to an end early in the afternoon after a water leak was discovered. The issue required the chassis to be taken apart and the power unit removed, bringing to an end a positive day. Jenson Button takes over the car for the last day of the test tomorrow.
Check out the sounds to the new Honda engine in this clip from Jerez today, as Fernando Alonso went out of the garage and on to the circuit for the first time in his MP4-30.
The MP4-30 has completed it first laps as the new partnership between McLaren and Honda began at the Jerez circuit. Fernando Alonso managed six installation laps of the track as the team and engine manufacturer begin to work with each other. Alonso ended the day with an unrepresentative time of 1m40.738.
There were some electronic issues throughout the afternoon, which meant the car had to remain in the garage, however, there are high hopes for a successful day tomorrow when Jenson Button takes over the steering wheel.
After the running, McLaren boss Ron Dennis also alluded to a change of livery for the MP4-30 in the coming weeks.
Are Ferrari testing next years turbo charged V6 engine in the back of a LaFerrari chassis?
Listen in for yourselves:
Throughout the video you can make out the normal noise that a turbo engine should make, however at 00:57-01:00 you can hear the unusual and distinctive noise of a compressor surge or stall.
The interesting aspect of the video is the airbox above the car, clearly feeding air into the engine. A rooftop airbox is not a feature on the LaFerrari, therefore it has been artificially put in to simulate the effect of a Formula car.
Below we can see a road production LaFerrari without the airbox.
It was the exact same chassis of the car which Fernando Alonso test drove earlier this year at Fiorano in April, which can be seen here:
Below you can take a look at the other screenshots of the video and judge for yourselves. This chassis could well be running with larger radiator ducts on the left and right hand side of the car, however we cannot identify that due to the distinctive stealthy paint scheme.
One thing is for sure, if it is the 2014 V6 in the back, it sounds terrific and all 22 of them on the grid next year surely wont produce a terrible noise.