Despite temperamental weather – it started to spit with rain from first running this morning, meaning Jenson only conducted a single run on slicks – the team completed a full programme and was pleased with progress.

Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-28 stops in the pit lane
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-28 stops in the pit lane

Photo by: XPB Images

Date: Friday February 22 2013
Driver: Jenson Button
Location: Circuit de Catalunya
Track length: 4.655km
Laps: 70
Km covered: 326
Best laptime: 1m 23.633s

The rain also allowed the team to run Pirelli’s Intermediate and Full Wet compounds – another very useful opportunity ahead of the unpredictable weather often encountered at the opening races.

The team remains in Barcelona for a second session next week (Feb 28-Mar 3). Driving duties will be split Sergio-Jenson-Sergio-Jenson, and the car will run in Melbourne-spec for the first time.

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