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McLaren Valencia test day 2 report

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Date - Wednesday February 2 2011
Driver - Lewis Hamilton
Location - Circuit de la Communitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Track length - 4.005km

Weather - Bitterly cold in the morning, but another dry and sunny day. Maximum ambient temperature 18.2DEGC, maximum track temperature 27.2DEGC

Laps completed - 83
Kilometres covered - 332km
Best laptime - 1m14.353s at 15:50

Programme

Today saw a continuation of the programme started yesterday by Gary Paffett -- namely, gathering data and feedback on Pirelli's 2011 rubber using a modified MP4-25.

Lewis said: "It felt great to be back in the car. I haven't been driving for a while, so it felt good to brush away the cobwebs, and I felt at home straight away.

"Even though we were using the 2010 car, we had quite a productive day. We were trying to replicate 2011 downforce levels on the old car -- so it wasn't 100 per cent accurate -- but we still got a good understanding of the new Pirellis and covered quite a lot of ground.

"The new tyres are easy to get a feel for; there's not as much grip on the Pirellis as we had last year; they drop off quite a bit, too, and they're a little bit harder to control over a longer stint -- but it's the same for everybody."

Jenson Button winds up the programme tomorrow before focus shifts to Friday's launch of the MP4-26 and next week's Jerez test.

Driver for day three - Jenson Button
Duration of test - Three days (February 1-3)

-source: mclaren

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