At the conclusion of the test, sporting director Sam Michael said: “After completing over 5,000 kilometres, through dry and wet conditions, we have collected plenty of data from MP4-28A.

Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-28
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-28

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A large part of winter testing is taken up with methodically working through many systems checks and verifying that the correlation between design and track is solid – that’s more important in modern F1 as track testing opportunities are so limited.

“A special thank-you to everybody put so much effort into the testing program. We’re all really looking forward to the first race in Melbourne in two weeks – from the laptimes we’ve seen the season is going to be incredibly close!”

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