"An extremely productive day” for McLaren

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   531kmBest laptime   1m23.590s at 12:36Programme 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’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.”

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