Mclaren Barcelona Day 2

By on Friday, March 2, 2012

BARCELONA TEST – day two: “I definitely feel we have a competitive car”

Date: Friday March 2 2012
Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Track length: 4.655km
Weather: Foggy and overcast at dawn, clearing by mid-morning to remain warm and sunny for the rest of the day. Maximum ambient temperature 18.9°C, maximum track temperature 37.2°C
Laps completed: 65
Kilometres covered: 303km
Best laptime: 1m24.111s at 12:50
Programme: Second day of testing at Barcelona, and Lewis jumped into the car today. When early-morning fog kept the circuit closed, the team continued rehearsing full-race-crew pitstops in the pitlane.

However, the majority of the day was spent making lengthy adjustments to set-up in order to more fully understand the effects of change on the car. This meant the day was centred more around development, and less on headline-making laptimes.

The day also saw the expected conclusion of our evaluation of our launch-spec aero package. For Saturday and Sunday, we plan to introduce a suite of new components for evaluation ahead of the opening race in Australia in a fortnight’s time.

At the end of the day, a satisfied Lewis said: “Today was all about testing set-up. It was a good day: we learned quite a lot and improved a few things. We didn’t get a lot of mileage, as we had a lot of downtime inbetween changes.

“Our car feels better set-up wise, we still haven’t added the new aero package – so I think we’ll get a better picture of what the car will be like in Australia over the next two days. But I definitely feel like we have a competitive car.

“This year’s winter testing has been way better than last year. I’ve not had any problems, we’ve ironed out a lot of issues and I feel very comfortable. I’m fit and ready for Melbourne.”

Driver for day three: Jenson Button
Duration of test: Four days (March 1-4)

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