Date Tuesday January 20, 2009
Driver Pedro de la Rosa
Location Autodromo Internacional do Algarve
Track length 4.687km
Maximum track temp 16C
Maximum ambient temp 17C
Laps completed 62
Kilometres covered 290km
Best laptime 1m37.512 at 12:54pm
Another day governed by the inclement weather, which grew so severe at times that running was considered to be dangerous. The team also decided to run using a 2008-spec rear wing as a precautionary measure to increase downforce. Nonetheless, Pedro was able to dodge the hailstorms to complete three long runs - including one 22-lap stint - to provide the team with further information on MP4-24's handling characteristics and componentry. Opting not to run with KERS, the team reported that the car performed without any mechanical or electronic problems today.
Lewis joins the team tomorrow for his first run in MP4-24 and first official team driving duties since last November's Brazilian Grand Prix.
Driver for day three Lewis Hamilton
Duration of test Four days (Jan 19-22)