Formula 1 – Vodafone McLaren – Jerez Test – Day 1

February 8, 2012

Formula 1

Jenson begun the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team’s 2012 pre-season testing programme at Jerez this morning. The day started slowly, with Jenson and the team conducting a number of shorter runs, before completing a thorough systems check to ensure the car was running reliably.

Before lunchtime, however, the car was back on track as the team begun a number of longer runs lasting for the remainder of the day. These were useful in helping the team to begin measuring tyre-wear on Pirelli’s new-spec rubber and assessing the MP4-27’s fundamental handling characteristics over the course of a stint.

Jenson Button:

“It’s been a good day: this morning, we ran through our installation and systems checks and the running was good. We’ve been gathering data on aerodynamics, downforce levels, temperatures and the feeling inside the cockpit.

“We did a 15-lap timed run this afternoon, which is a good starting point for us – and the consistency was okay. It’s been a positive day: there are no niggly areas with the car, which is nice. Overall, today was just a starting point, and was all about putting miles on the car. There are some promising signs, so I’m happy”.

“It’s now important for us to get a clean day of running tomorrow, put some miles on the car and find a direction that we like. Today’s a very good basis for the next few days.”

 Unofficial testing times

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps

1

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus

1m19.670

75

2

Paul di Resta Force India F1

1m19.772

101

3

Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG

1m20.219

56

4

Mark Webber Red Bull Racing

1m20.496

54

5

Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso

1m20.694

57

6

Michael Schumacher Mercedes AMG

1m20.794

42

7

Kamui Kobayashi Sauber

1m21.353

106

8

Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

1m21.530

62

9

Felipe Massa Ferrari

1m22.815

69

10

Heikki Kovalainen Caterham F1

1m23.178

28

11

Pastor Maldonado Williams

1m23.371

25

12

Pedro de la Rosa HRT

1m23.676

44

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