Team McLaren Mercedes completed day two of its three day test programme at a hot and sunny Jerez today, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Alex Wurz present at the Spanish circuit. Juan Pablo set the fastest time of the day, and 65 laps of the circuit...
Team McLaren Mercedes completed day two of its three day test programme at a hot and sunny Jerez today, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Alex Wurz present at the Spanish circuit. Juan Pablo set the fastest time of the day, and 65 laps of the circuit were completed.
Alex had been due to continue with Michelin tyre development work for the forthcoming French, British and Mobil 1 German Grands Prix today, however after eight laps he returned to the pits and reported a twinge in his shoulder blades.
Alex then visited the medical centre where he was treated for a trapped nerve and advised to sit out the remainder of the test. Consequently Alex did not get back in the car today and will be replaced for the final day of testing tomorrow by Pedro.
With the team down to one driver, Juan Pablo in an MP4-20 completed some of the Michelin tyre testing programme which had been scheduled for Alex, alongside his planned performance testing programme, focusing on suspension and gearbox development work.
Juan's Pablo's test ended at 15:45 (CET) when he stopped on the circuit. The team diagnosed an engine problem and as a precautionary measure decided to end his test prematurely. The engine will be sent back to Mercedes-Ilmor in Brixworth this evening and the test team will complete an engine change tonight so that Kimi Raikkonen can take over testing duties tomorrow.
Juan Pablo's fastest time was a 1m17.402s lap, while Alex was 10th fastest with a 1m19.238s lap.