Date Tuesday December 16 2008
Driver Pedro de la Rosa
Location Autodromo Internacional do Algarve
Track length 4.687km
Weather Completely dry. Cold in the morning but growing warmer throughout the day. Maximum ambient temperature 13C. Maximum track temperature 18C.
Laps completed 68
Kilometres covered 319km
Best laptime 1m30.080 at 16:31
Pedro took over from Gary Paffett and spent the whole day in the MP4-23K KERS car. Despite initial issues with grip caused by the low-speed circuit configuration, green track surface and cold December weather, Pedro quickly adapted to the new Portimao circuit. Alongside the KERS programme, he was also able to complete some 2009 aero testing, using an '09-spec front wing and moveable flick-ups.
Duration of test Three days (December 15-17, 2008)