Date: Thursday 14th February 2008
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton & Heikki Kovalainen
Track Length: 4.428km
Weather: Warm with some cloud cover during the day
Track temperature 32C / Ambient temperature 19C
Laps Run: Total - 179
Kilometres Covered: Lewis - 367km / Heikki - 425km
Best Lap Time: Lewis - 1m19.429 at 11:18 / Heikki - 1m17.974 at 10:12
Programme: The three day session in Jerez drew to a close today, with weather conditions in the morning more favourable. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes test team continued the aerodynamic programme for the week. In addition Heikki spent some time in the morning conducting simulated qualifying runs, to further understand the handling of the MP4-23 in all race weekend situations.
Martin Whitmarsh: "The primary focus of the test this week has been pushing forward with the aerodynamic programme. There was some disruption to this on Wednesday and Thursday due to the windy conditions. However the test team have been able to complete the proving process on a range of aerodynamic components. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team has seven track days remaining before the cars depart for Melbourne on 6th March, incorporating full test sessions and some straight-line work. Naturally there will be a focus externally on the multi-team test at Barcelona in the final week of February. It will be the first time in a few weeks that all the leading teams will be on the same track. Whilst this will give us the possibility of a more comprehensive comparison, we will nevertheless focus on our own test programme rather than chase times. The real litmus test of performance will take place in Australia."
Total Laps Run at Test: Total - 508: Lewis - 240 / Heikki - 180 / Pedro -
Kilometres Covered at Test: Total - 2,249: Lewis - 1,063km / Heikki - 797km / Pedro - 390km
Next Test:Circuit de Catalunya, Spain (Tuesday 25th - Thursday 27th February)