Date Saturday February 21 2015
Driver Jenson Button
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)
Best lap-time 1m29.151s
Programme A disappointing day. The damp weather pushed the emphasis onto aerodynamic testing, but this was cut short by a failure of the revised seal introduced today in a bid to resolve the week’s MGU-K issues.
To compound a tricky day, Jenson suffered a punctured Intermediate tyre during a practice pitstop, coming to a halt before the end of the pitlane.
“Yesterday wasn’t bad, with more mileage and lots of data gathered, but today’s been tricky – it hasn’t been my day. We had a similar problem to the one we faced on Thursday, with the faulty MGU-K seal, so the afternoon running was limited to aero testing and pitstop practice.
“I still can’t comment on where the car will be when everything is running smoothly, as I haven’t had the chance to run it properly without meeting problems. Having said that, I feel like there’s definitely nothing wrong with the car or any stand-out issues with driveability. You jump in the car and everything feels good.
“Hopefully, our problems will be solved sooner rather than later, but tomorrow is still likely to be a reasonably difficult day. There’s a lot for us to improve at the moment – we’ve still got five days of testing left, so hopefully they’ll be five good days.”
Today’s unofficial testing times
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m24.348s 104 laps
2 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1m24.739s 129 laps
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.076s 101 laps
4 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1m26.340s 53 laps
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m26.407s 105 laps
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m26.589s 111 laps
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1m26.912s 55 laps
8 Pascal Wehrlein Force India 1m27.333s 81 laps
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m27.556s 49 laps
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1m29.151s 24 laps
What’s next Final day of this test. Tomorrow, the team will try another fix to the on-going MGU-K issue. With the lack of mileage recorded so far this week, the programme for tomorrow remains relatively open-ended.
Test dates Four days (February 19-22).