McLaren chose to test a mixture of 2013 and 2014 parts on its MP4-28 on the second day of the young driver/tyre test with Oliver Turvey behind the wheel.
The outfit admitted after the British Grand Prix that it had switched its focus away from the current season to the next, following one of its worst ever starts.
Simulator driver, 20-year-old Turvey, explained the programme he worked through with the team’s engineers on Wednesday.
“It was a bit of a mixture to be honest,” he said. “We were working on things that can be run on this year’s car for the rest of the season but also things for 2014 to help our understanding and learning.
“We tried a lot of different aero parts and mechanical, so we started the morning working on aero and then tried some different options on that. In the afternoon it was more on the mechanical side of the car so we really covered everything I think. We had a lot of different set-up changes so it’s been a busy day and I feel like I’ve been in the car all day.”
He added that limited work had been done on getting the most from the car, but on better understanding its development parts.
“Most of our work was not on optimising the car, most of it was on development to help our understanding and learning for Hungary, the rest of the season and also 2014 to make sure we’re in a competitive place.”