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McLaren Barcelona test report 2011-03-12

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Barcelona test - day four

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes

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Driver - Lewis Hamilton
Location - Circuit de Catalunya
Track length - 4.655km

Weather - A constant heavy downpour all day. Maximum ambient temperature 12.6DEGC, maximum track temperature 13.9DEGC

Laps completed - 33
Kilometres covered - 254km
Best laptime - 1m44.560s at 16:58

Programme

Today's wet weather effectively washed out all meaningful running, leaving Lewis and the team to conduct a handful of lower-speed runs to evaluate engine maps.

Lewis said: "We tested a couple of things during some shorter runs, but it was very dangerous out there: very slippery and lots of aquaplaning. This definitely isn't normal Spanish weather!

"We learnt a bit about the Pirelli Intermediates and Extremes, but there was so much aquaplaning that it was a bit too risky to do longer runs.

"As for the world championship, I'm excited -- we've got a long season ahead of us. We've got a lot of work to do, but we have more updates coming for Melbourne.

"The championship is open, and we don't know what to expect. Our whole team will be pushing very, very hard."

Duration of test - Four days (March 8-9 & 11-12)

-source: mclaren

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