Friday, February 11, 2011

Test Report - Jerez - Day Two (VMM)


Jerez, Spain, Feb 11, 2011

Date - Friday February 11 2011
Driver - Jenson Button
Location - Circuito de Jerez
Track length - 4.423km
Weather - Another warm and sunny day. Maximum ambient temperature 18.9�C, maximum track temperature 32.2�C

Laps completed - 69
Kilometres covered - 256km
Best laptime - 1m21.009s at 15:22


This was Jenson�s first day with the MP4-26. As yesterday, when Lewis drove the car for the first time, the morning was largely spent acclimatising to the new car, finding a perfect fit and making small improvements to driver ergonomics and comfort.

After another lunchtime strip-down, the engineers began a more concerted programme of running in the afternoon � albeit one punctuated by several lengthy red-flag stoppages.

At the end of the day, the team evaluated a number of further set-up changes, leaving Jenson � like Lewis - feeling positive about the 26�s potential. These changes will be further pursued when Jenson returns to the car on Sunday.

Jenson said: �The morning was spent getting me satisfactorily fitted in the car, adapting to the hybrid � which is new to me � and getting used to how the system works. I like the power boost it gives you.

�I felt a lot more comfortable with the car at the end of the day after we�d played around with a few things in the cockpit. We�ve made some good progress.

�And we�ve tried the different Pirelli tyres � there are big differences across the compound range; not only in terms of laptime, but also with degradation and durability. It�s going to be fun for racing, I think, and it�s what everyone wanted. The TV viewers will certainly know the differences between the tyres.

�It�s been a good first day. On Sunday, I hope we can start to have a crack at seeing what the car really has in it.

Lewis returns to the cockpit on Saturday.

Driver for day three - Lewis Hamilton
Duration of test - Four days (February 10-13)

* Official details courtesy of VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES *

Source of the photos >> F1 Fanatic

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