McLaren sidelined by electrical issues on first day of testing

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Aiming to bounce back from one of its worst seasons in recent memory, McLaren didn’t get going on the right foot today in Formula One testing at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. In fact, they didn’t get going at all.

Electrical issues plagued the team’s new MP4-29 (pictured, from last week’s launch) and ultimately caused their entire plan for the day to be scratched.

Following overnight work, they expect to have their veteran driver, former World Champion Jenson Button, in the car tomorrow for what they surely hope will be a smoother outing.

For your perusal, here’s the full statement from the team:

“Today was a challenging start to the MP4-29’s test and development program. Along with other teams, we faced difficulties readying our new car for the first winter test of 2014.

Despite firing up successfully at the [McLaren Technology Centre] last week, the car was predominantly affected by electrical issues during the day. The subsequent dismantling, inspection and re-installation of several major components ultimately meant we were unable to conduct any running today.

What’s next: We’re re-installing key systems on the car overnight, with the expectation that Jenson will begin the car’s installation program tomorrow.”

INDYCAR Paddock Pass: Road America (video)

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On this week’s edition of INDYCAR Paddock Pass, Anders Krohn gets input from Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens, Simon Pagenaud, and more ahead of Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Among the topics discussed are the rookie seasons for Leist and Wickens, tire wear and setup challeges at Road America, and the championship chase.

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