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More McLaren testing today // Yet more running from the Woking team at Kemble Airport

Published by Mr. C

McLaren testing

The McLaren team are running some more straight-line tests, at that old familiar haunt - Kemble Airport. As you can see from the picture above, the test team have relocated further towards the middle of the airfield.

According to those in the know, this may have something to do with a collection of pictures appearing on the interweb last week, although I can't imagine who'd do such a thing. Mind you, this time last week I couldn't imagine why a team, known to be so secretive they religiously encrypt all of their radio traffic, could be so dumb as to run aero tests right next to a main public road. So what do I know?

Anyhow, it looks like I'm going to have to rent a longer lens and hope the team stick around for the rest of the week. It's still possible to get up close and personal to the car in it's new location, although that would mean taking pictures on what may or may not be private property, and honestly I don't really want to open that can of worms right now.

I can tell you that this morning very little happened. The team spent a lot of time sitting around doing nothing while the engine was repeatedly started and stopped. Eventually Pedro de la Rosa broke cover, revealing that McLaren are still running the slightly crazy "birdcage" to the left of the cockpit, and a full set of green striped Bridgestone tyres. I guess that particular innovation is with us for the rest of the year.

Given how exposed the area is, and that the team appear to be in it for the long term, I'm baffled as to why an agency such as Sutton Images don't send a junior photographer along to the site, complete with a massive lens and buckets more patience than I have?

Come to think of it, why aren't rival teams sending people out there too? Seems like an opportunity missed to me.