Jerez day one : Jenson’s first time behind the wheel of the MP4-28
The morning’s running was compromised by a mechanical fuel-pump issue, which cost a couple of hours’ track-time, but the problem was quickly rectified and the team was able to run productively for the remainder of the afternoon.
Jenson spent the first part of the day’s programme running a lower-lip rake to complete some aero mapping work. The end of the day saw the team evaluate the effects of a series of mechanical set-up changes, using both the Supersoft and Hard Pirelli tyres.
Both the aero mapping and the balance changes fell in line with the team’s pre-test expectations. Jenson set his fastest time of the day on the Hard compound.
Sergio Perez gets his first opportunity to drive a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car tomorrow (Wednesday). The knock-on effects of this morning’s fuel-pump issue mean that he will begin his day by continuing today’s initial aero and balance checks.
The aim for tomorrow afternoon is to conduct a series of longer runs – possibly incorporating live pitstops into the mix if the team is satisfied with the day’s initial progress.
|1||Jenson Button||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||1m 18.861s||37|
|2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1m 19.709s||73|
|3||Roman Grosjean||Lotus Renault||1m 19.796||54|
|4||Paul di Resta||Force India||1m 20.343s||70|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Scuderia Toro Rossa||1m 20.401s||99|
|6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||1m 20.536s||64|
|7||Nico Hulkenburg||Sauber||1m 20.699s||79|
|8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AWG||1m 20.846s||11|
|9||Pastor Maldonado||Williams||1m 20.864s||84|
|10||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham||1m 21.915s||64|
|11||Max Chilton||Marussia||1m 24.176s||29|