McLaren, “A useful understanding of how the car behaves”

Date   Wednesday February 8 2012 Driver   Jenson Button Location   Circuito de Jerez Track length   4.423km Weather Sunny, but cold and very windy. Maximum ambient temperature 11.6°C, maximum track temperature 21.1°CLaps completed   85 Kilometres covered   376kmBest laptime   1m20.688s at 12:18Programme Jenson’s second day of testing with MP4-27 and another day spent getting used to the new chassis and evaluating a series of braking, set-up and software changes made to the car – particularly the effect on balance and stability at both high and low speeds.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team manager David Redding said: “Despite the cold and windy conditions, Jenson was able to log further mileage with MP4-27 today. It’s still early days, and this was very much an exploratory day, but we were able to get a useful understanding of how the car behaves and reacts out on the track.

“It’s satisfying that Jenson’s been able to complete more than 600km of trouble-free running over the past two days; that puts us in a good position for the rest of the week.”