McLaren Barcelona testing - Day 1 report

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Formula 1’s second test of the winter kicked off at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya today, with Lewis Hamilton taking on testing duties for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes

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Lewis’s day began with some initial data collection, including aero work on newer rubber before his engineers began a more comprehensive programme of tyre and set-up evaluation for the remainder of the morning.

After completing a number of shorter runs, focus in the afternoon turned to longer runs, with Lewis declaring himself pleased with the MP4-27’s behaviour, particularly in the high-speed corners.

“With more than 500km under our belt, this was an extremely productive day,” said team manager David Redding. “The car ran reliably and without problem all day and Lewis was happy with the car. Given the cooler temperatures we experienced today, we’re optimistic that we’re headed in the right direction with our tyre and set-up work for the start of the season.”

Date: Tuesday February 21 2012
Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Track length: 4.655km
Weather: Cold and crisp, with crystal-clear blue skies
Laps completed: 114
Kilometres covered: 531km
Best laptime: 1m23.590s at 12:36

Driver for day two: Lewis Hamilton
Duration of test: Four days (February 21-24)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes , McLaren
Tags barcelona, hamilton, mclaren, redding, spain