Saturday, February 19, 2011

Test Report - Barcelona - Day Two (VMM)


Barcelona, Spain, Feb 19, 2011

BARCELONA DAY TWO: �A lot more performance still to come.�

Date - Saturday February 19 2011
Driver - Jenson Button
Location - Circuit de Catalunya
Track length - 4.655km
Weather - Warm and dry, but largely overcast all day. Maximum ambient temperature 15.8�C, maximum track temperature 28.9�C

Laps completed - 54
Kilometres covered - 251km
Best laptime - 1m24.923s


Jenson�s final day of running at Barcelona�s Circuit de Catalunya was somewhat frustrating: a hydraulics failure after just a handful of laps of aero-mapping cost him the majority of the morning�s track-time. A similar failure towards the end of the day also brought an early end to proceedings.

He said: �We�re not doing as many laps as we�d like, so we�re a little behind some of the other teams, which is a bit of a disadvantage, but that�s something we�re addressing. Over the next two days, hopefully our reliability will be better, and we�ll be fully equipped with spare parts.

�Mileage not only helps reliability, but it�s also useful for set-up work. It�s difficult to balance the car with the front wing when you�re trying a variety of tyre compounds and fuel loads. And it�s taken a bit of a time, especially at a circuit like this, where getting the aero balance right is important.

�There�s a lot more performance still to come from this car � now we just need some proper mileage to see what it can do. Hopefully, Lewis will be able to achieve that over the next two days.�

Driver for day three - Lewis Hamilton
Duration of test - Four days (February 18-21)

* Official photo and report courtesy of VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES *

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