Saturday, February 10, 2007
McLaren F1 testing & overall update
Location:Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Weather:Rain and damp conditions throughout the day.
Track temperature:max. 16.8° Celsius
Air temperature: max 17.9° Celsius.
Laps run today: 82
Laps run in total at test: Total – 517: Fernando – 113 / Lewis –219 / Pedro – 185
Kilometres covered today:Fernando – 40km approx / Pedro – 323km approx
Kilometres covered in total at test: Total – 2284km approx: Fernando – 499km approx / Lewis – 968km approx. / Pedro – 817km approx.
Best lap time today: Fernando – 1m31.570 at 9:34 / Pedro – 1m31.477 at 11:01
Programme:With rain falling throughout the day, the team chose to limit the running with the MP4-22's. Fernando had already completed a large amount of kilometres on the Bridgestone Potenza extreme and full wet tyres last week in Valencia, and as a result the team chose to run him only 9 laps in the morning. Pedro completed a limited programme, working on further understanding the set-up of the car for wet conditions.
MARTIN WHITMARSH: "The test this week in Jerez has provided us some valuable data for the team to work on, with two very productive days, which saw the driver's complete significant mileage on the two MP4-22's. Unfortunately the last day was hit by rain, which meant that we had to adapt our programme for the conditions. Nevertheless we have a much better understanding of where we are, and more importantly on what work needs to be done between now and Australia to ensure that we arrive in Melbourne in the best possible position. Although the timesheets seem to be favouring us we are fully aware of where we need to improve the cars’ performance during the forthcoming tests in Barcelona and Bahrain."
Nick Heidfeld-BMW Sauber/1m29.491/35
Timo Glock-BMW Sauber/1m30.229/28
Rubens Barrichello-Honda Racing/1m30.687/66
David Coulthard-Red Bull Racing/1m31.165/68
Mark Webber-Red Bull Racing/1m31.369/72
Pedro de la Rosa-Vodafone McLaren Mercedes/1m31.477/73
Fernando Alonso-Vodafone McLaren Mercedes/1m31.570/9
Marco Andretti-Honda Racing/1m32.397/62
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