McLaren alters testing plan after Alonso crash

McLaren has changed its test plans for this week following Fernando Alonso's Austrian Grand Prix crash.

The Woking-based outfit had originally had Alonso down to drive on Tuesday as part of an important two days of running to evaluate a new aerodynamic package.

But with a number of new parts having been damaged in his first lap accident with Kimi Raikkonen, the team has had to shuffle things around.

Following meetings on Monday morning, it has now decided that Stoffel Vandoorne will run on Tuesday to kick start the week.

Alonso will instead run on Wednesday, when it is hoped that a number of replacement parts will have arrived at the Red Bull Ring so they can be fitted to the MP4-30.

The Spaniard had been the only driver to run with the new aero package in Austria, with the team keen to deliver a number of aggressive improvements aimed at improving its performance.

Test line-up:

Team Tuesday 23rd Wednesday 24th
Mercedes Nico Rosberg Pascal Wehrlein
Red Bull Pierre Gasly Daniel Ricciardo
Williams Susie Wolff Valtteri Bottas
Ferrari Antonio Fuoco  Esteban Gutierrez
McLaren Stoffel Vandoorne Fernando Alonso
Force India Pascal Wehrlein Esteban Ocon
Lotus Romain Grosjean Jolyon Palmer
Toro Rosso Max Verstappen Marco Wittmann
Sauber Rafaele Marciello  Felipe Nasr
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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news