In the round-up: Alonso impressed by Alpine’s Imola upgrade package • Di Resta named as McLaren reserve • “F1 needs a proper fight” – Verstappen
McLaren’s long-serving motorhome, officially known as the Brand Centre, will no longer be seen around the racing tracks of Europe.
Daniel Ricciardo has apologised for swearing and branding F1’s social media team “idiots” but stands by his concerns over their crash-focused coverage.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will continue their fight at Imola – as will Ferrari and McLaren. Here are the talking points for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo says he felt more prepared for his debut at McLaren than he did after moving to Renault two years ago, but isn’t sure when he’ll be fully comfortable in his new car.
Juan Pablo Montoya said the hotter cockpit temperatures he experienced when he tested an Aeroscreen for the first time left him wishing he could use an open visor.
Daniel Ricciardo has told F1 to “do better” with its social media output, which he believes contains too much crash footage.
Lando Norris is encouraged by the progress McLaren has made at the start of the new season and expects further gains in the coming races following its change of power unit supplier.
Lando Norris says McLaren appear able to beat Ferrari in race trim but are not as quick as them in qualifying.
Lando Norris lacked confidence in the balance of his McLaren despite ending Friday practice less than a tenth of a second behind pace-setter Max Verstappen.
Zak Brown and Christian Horner say they support how Neflix’s Drive to Survive presents F1 with “creative licence”.
Lando Norris expects there’s “not going to be much of a midfield” in F1 this year, and McLaren will rival Mercedes more often
Mercedes’ power unit may be “chassis-friendly” but fitting it into a car designed for a Renault was an enormous challenge for McLaren, technical director James Key explained.
McLaren has signed FIA junior karting champion Ugo Ugochukwu on a long-term deal, giving the Formula 1 team an option on the future services of the 13-year-old.
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says the team faces a tougher fight to hold onto the third place they scored in the championship last year.
Daniel Ricciardo says getting comfortable with the brakes in his McLaren is one of the biggest adjustments he has to make since joining the team.
Which teams left testing feeling positive about their performance, and who has a tough year ahead of them? And does one team still have a trick left up its sleeve?
McLaren technical director James Key admitted he is surprised no other team has adopted their solution to the new diffuser regulations.
After their dire campaign last year, did testing for the new season show Ferrari finally have something to smile about? Mattia Binotto thinks so.
Max Verstappen pipped rookie Yuki Tsunoda to the fastest time of pre-season testing by less than a tenth of a second.