Button in front at Jerez


Date     Tuesday 17 March  Track    Circuito de Jerez Driver   Jenson Button 

No of Laps   114 laps   Best Lap Time  01:17.844  Kilometres Covered 505km  Track Length  4.428km 

Weather    Hot and sunny with a strong breeze

Ambient Temperature Maximum 20°C Track Temperature  Maximum 36°C 

Jenson Button concluded the Brawn GP team's pre-season programme in Jerezyesterday afternoon, topping the timesheets on the final day of testing ahead ofthe new Formula One season.

Jenson completed 114 laps of the Spanish circuit as the team continued itschassis set-up evaluations and performance development of the new car.

With seven valuable days of running completed with the BGP 001 car inBarcelona and Jerez, the team will now return to its Brackley base tocomplete the final preparations for the first race in Melbourne on 29 March.

JENSON BUTTON"We have had a very useful test in Jerez this week, particularly today wherewe have been able to fine-tune the set-up of the car to my liking ahead ofthe first race. Even after such a short testing programme, I feel that weare ready for the challenge ahead in Melbourne, however we will still needevery minute of the Friday practice sessions to make the most of our firstrace weekend."

ROSS BRAWN, Team Principal"The conclusion of this week's test in Jerez brings our short pre-seasontesting programme with the BGP 001 to a successful conclusion. Our programmeto date has been dominated by the requirement to prove the car's reliabilityhowever we are also pleased with the competitive lap times that we have seenfrom the car over the past two weeks. The test in Jerez has beenparticularly useful and allowed the drivers to complete valuable chassisset-up work and evaluate the Bridgestone Potenza tyre compounds which wewill use in Melbourne. I would like to thank the team and our drivers forall their hard work over the past few weeks as we look forward to the firstrace and the opportunity to finally see the car in action in a competitiveenvironment."

RESULTS (All timings are unofficial)

Pos Driver  Team   Time  Laps 1. Jenson Button  Brawn GP  1:17.844 114 2. Nico Rosberg Williams  1:18.071 66 3. Nelson Piquet Renault  1:18.382 133 4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1:19.121 121 

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