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McLaren Jerez test notes 2008-01-11

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team today concluded its first test with its 2008 car, the MP4-23. Following the launch event on Monday, 7th January 2008 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the MP4-23 has completed three positive test days...

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team today concluded its first test with its 2008 car, the MP4-23. Following the launch event on Monday, 7th January 2008 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the MP4-23 has completed three positive test days at the Jerez track.

Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa were all present for the test, which ran two MP4-23 chassis without any major issues and saw the new car cover over 1,999 kilometres.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes engineering team will spend the weekend analysing and working with the intelligence gathered from the three day session as the pre-season development programme continues with force. The test team will then return to track action on Monday with Pedro alongside Gary Paffett, who will be taking the wheel of the MP4-23 for the first time.

Dates: Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th January 2008

Drivers today: Lewis and Heikki


Track length: 4.423km

Weather: Varied, with some showers during the course of the day
Track temperature, 20.1°C
Ambient temperature, 17.5°C

Laps run:
Total - 179
Lewis - 86
Heikki - 93

Kilometres covered:
Total - 793
Lewis - 381km approx
Heikki - 412km approx.

Best lap time:
Lewis - 1m19.691 at 11:08
Heikki - 1m19.752 at 11:21

Laps run in total this week:
Total - 452
Lewis - 189
Heikki - 223
Pedro - 40

Kilometres covered in total this week:
Total - 1,999
Lewis - 836km approx.
Heikki - 986km approx.
Pedro - 177km approx.

Best lap time of the week:
Lewis - 1m19.132 on Thursday
Heikki - 1m19.462 on Thursday
Pedro - 1m19.655 on Wednesday

Next test: Three days - Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th January
Monday - Pedro and Gary
Tuesday - Lewis and Heikki
Wednesday - Lewis and Heikki

-credit: mclaren

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