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BARCELONA TEST – day one: “Today was always about quality not quantity”

 

Date Thursday March 1 2012
Driver Jenson Button
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Track length 4.655km
Weather Warm and sunny. Maximum ambient temperature 19.4°C
Laps completed 64
Kilometres covered   298km
Best laptime   1m23.510s at 11:16
Programme First day of the final pre-season test and the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team continues preparations ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, running Jenson (Thur/Sat) and Lewis (Fri/Sun) at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

The team is planning on gradually introducing a suite of new components to the MP4-27 during this test. Focus for the opening two days will primarily be on pitstop practice with a full race crew and further race prove-outs – including some more time-consuming set-up work. The back-end of the test will be spent focusing on analysing and learning about our race-one aerodynamic package.

Team manager David Redding said: “Having completed more than 2000km at Barcelona last week, today was always going to be more about quality than quantity. We wanted to drill a little deeper into our understanding of the car, and that meant undertaking some bigger set-up changes that wouldn’t ordinarily be available to us during a grand prix weekend.

“We made good progress and we’re satisfied with today’s results.”

 

Driver for day two Lewis Hamilton
Duration of test Four days (March 1-4)
   

  Unofficial testing times

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps

1

Romain Grosjean Lotus

1m23.252

73

2

Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

1m23.510

64

3

Sergio Perez Sauber

1m23.820

118

4

Mark Webber Red Bull Racing

1m23.830

102

5

Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG

1m23.992

128

6

Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso

1m24.216

113

7

Paul di Resta Force India F1

1m24.305

98

8

Felipe Massa Ferrari

1m24.318

105

9

Vitaly Petrov Caterham F1

1m24.876

123

10

Pastor Maldonado Williams

1m25.587

58