Oliver Turvey says he hopes McLaren
can finally start making progress with its 2013 F1 challenger on the back of his outing in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone on Thursday.
Turvey took over from Kevin Magnussen for the second day of the three-day test and posted the fifth best time, after Magnussen had earlier led the way on day one.
It suggested that upgrades being trialled in the test this week could be a step in the right director for the Woking-based and the tester said he felt some of the developments could now appear on the car for the next race of the year in Hungary, even though some of the work being carried out this week has been focused on the 2014 campaign.
"There were some interesting tests and we will have to analyse the data and see where we are,” he told Sky Sports F1
. "We still want to understand this year's car and I think that is still going to be a benefit for 2014 and everyone is still pushing on to improve this year's car.
"Certainly there are some things that we tested today that can be raced in Hungary, but next season is going to be important and we are already working on next year's car so it is key for our learning on this year's car to benefit next year's as well."
Turvey added that he felt McLaren
had made the right call by electing to run its three test drivers during the test in place of its race drivers, with the trio able to complete more meaningful work than if Jenson Button
or Sergio Perez had been in action.
"With the weather we have had today it was ideal conditions to test," he said. "We've had a very busy day - felt as if I was in the car nearly all day - and hopefully the team have learned a lot and we can progress from here."
Gary Paffett is on track for the final day of running today [Friday].