The second of Formula 1’s three pre-season Spanish tests kicked off today at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, an aero-dependent tract that will provide teams with a clearer idea of the state of their preparations ahead of the 2013 season.

Sergio Perez, McLaren MP4-28
Sergio Perez, McLaren MP4-28

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Sergio Perez kicked off the running this morning, his second outing behind the wheel of MP4-28. As at last week’s test at Jerez, the team spent the morning running through a series of aero tests before breaking to reset the car for some set-up comparison work.

After lunch, Sergio began a series of longer runs to evaluate the effects of the mechanical set-up changes. He also took the opportunity to more fully acclimatise himself to the cockpit controls and team communications that he will start to encounter in the races.

The afternoon concluded with a live pitstop practice. It was a productive day.

What’s next Sergio concludes his running. Jenson takes over for Thursday and Friday.

Driver: Sergio Perez
Location: Circuit de Catalunya
Track length: 4.655km
Laps: 77
Km covered: 358
Best laptime: 1m24.144s

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