For the third day of the test in Bahrain, Jenson took over driving duties from Kevin Magnussen, continuing the general set-up and evaluative work that the Dane had initiated on Wednesday and Thursday.

Jenson completed a mammoth 103 laps today, a tally which included the MP4-29’s first full race-distance, which was completed in the afternoon.

Jenson Button, McLaren F1 Team
Jenson Button, McLaren F1 Team

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Jenson said: “Today was a really busy session – my engineers looked exhausted afterwards, and I’ve never seen that before!

“It was good to put some laps on the car without any major issues. We actually did a race distance in the afternoon, and it was nice to do that so early in testing. Still, that session showed us we still have a lot of work to do.

“The thing we really need to focus on is fully understanding fuel-saving, and the communication required between the driver and engineer. I think we’ll get on top of things, though, because we’re traditionally very good at that.

“We’re in a reasonable position: today was positive because we gathered so much information. There’s still a lot of work to do before the first race; we’d like to be faster, but when you look at other test days, you’d say we’re in reasonable shape.”

1 Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes AMG - 1m 34.263s - 67 laps
2 Jenson Button - McLaren Mercedes - 1m 34.976s - 103 laps
3 Felipe Massa - Williams - 1m 37.066s - 60 laps
4 Esteban Gutierrez - Sauber - 1m 37.180s - 96 laps
5 Sergio Perez - Force India - 1m 37.367s - 57 laps
6 Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari - 1m 37.476s - 44 laps
7 Daniil Kvyat - Scuderia Toro Rosso - 1m 38.974s - 57 laps
8 Pastor Maldonado - Lotus - 1m 39.642s - 26 laps
9 Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull Racing - 1m 40.781s - 28 laps
10 Marcus Ericsson - Caterham - 1m 42.130s - 98 laps
11 Max Chilton - Marussia - 1m 46.672s - 4 laps
12 Valtteri Bottas - Williams - Not Available - 55 laps

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