Mclaren logo 3Test report – Barcelona day two
Date Friday March 1 2013
Driver Jenson Button
Location Circuit de Catalunya
Track length 4.655km
Laps/km 72/335
Best laptime 1m 23.181s
Programme The anticipated heavy showers largely held off and the majority of the day’s running was
conducted on a dry track. A still-damp morning meant Jenson’s early running was limited to
aero mapping and a couple of mechanical evaluations.
As the circuit dried out, Jenson switched to Pirelli’s Medium compound and ran through a
number of different mechanical set-up iterations to find a good balance for MP4-28. The
programme was efficient and productive, with Jenson going quicker on each subsequent run.
By mid-afternoon, the team was able to evaluate a number of upgrades over a series of longer
runs. While these were interrupted by a late-afternoon red-flag stoppage, Jenson was still able
to log some considerable mileage and even incorporate a series of live pitstop simulations into
the mix.
What’s next Saturday is Checo’s final day in the car before Melbourne. With clearer weather forecast, the
aim will be to quickly run through further mechanical and aerodynamic evaluations before
continuing more set-up work.
Pos Driver Constructor Best time Laps
1 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m 22.716s 88
2 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m 23.181s 72
3 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m 23.628s 75
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m 23.743s 65
5 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m 23.744s 79
6 Adrian Sutil Force India 1m 24.215s 62
7 Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m 25.483s 61
8 Max Chilton Marussia 1m 25.598s 75
9 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m 26.316s 48
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1m 26.655s 120
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m 27.878s