Jerez, Spain is the location for the young drivers testing which sees Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey driging the McLaren MP4-24, the same car that Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen drove in 2009. Paffett, who was a McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner in 1999 and has been testing for McLaren since 2006, was first out, followed by fellow McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner (2006) Oliver Turvey. The testing in Jerez has been specifically a ‘young driver’ event which means only drivers with limited Grand Prix experience can take part.
Gary Paffett driving the McLaren MP4-24 in Jerez – Tuesday December 1st
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Paffett was the 3rd fastest of the day with a time of 1:19.426, trainling second place Paul Di Resta of Force India in 1:19.369 and fastest of the day Andy Soucek of Williams in 1:19.158.
Oliver Turvey driving the McLaren MP4-24 in Jerez – Tuesday December 1st
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Turvey ended up 11th of the 12th drivers with a time of 1:20.856, however Autosport reports that he was the most improved driver in the final 30 minutes of testing. Turvey completed 27 laps, compared to Paffett’s 54. The full list of times for the day can be found over at Formula1.com.
It must have been an incredible experience for Turvey, to drive the current Formula 1 car for McLaren in official testing. The change in direction of this annual testing session is great for the younger and less experienced drivers and hopefully help them should they need to step into a real race situation, something we saw happen more than usual this season. Testing continues in Jerez today.