Button took the wheel for the first track run of the new MP4-28

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The aim for tomorrow afternoon is to conduct a series of longer runs.

The morning’s running was compromised by a mechanical fuel-pump issue, which cost a couple of hours’ track-time, but the problem was quickly rectified and the team was able to run productively for the remainder of the afternoon.

Jenson Button, McLaren
Jenson Button, McLaren

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Jenson spent the first part of the day’s programme running a lower-lip rake to complete some aero mapping work. The end of the day saw the team evaluate the effects of a series of mechanical set-up changes, using both the Supersoft and Hard Pirelli tyres.

Both the aero mapping and the balance changes fell in line with the team’s pre-test expectations. Jenson set his fastest time of the day on the Hard compound.

Sergio Perez gets his first opportunity to drive a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car tomorrow (Wednesday). The knock-on effects of this morning’s fuel-pump issue mean that he will begin his day by continuing today’s initial aero and balance checks.

The aim for tomorrow afternoon is to conduct a series of longer runs – possibly incorporating live pitstops into the mix if the team is satisfied with the day’s initial progress.

Pos Driver Constructor Best time Laps
1Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1m 18.861s37
2Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1m 19.709s73
3Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1m 19.796s54
4Paul di RestaForce India1m 20.343s89
5Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1m 20.401s70
6Felipe MassaFerrari1m 20.536s64
7Nico HulkenbergSauber1m 20.699s79
8Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1m 20.846s11
9Pastor MaldonadoWilliams1m 20.864s84
10Giedo van der GardeCaterham1m 21.915s64
11Max ChiltonMarussia1m 24.176s29

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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