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McLaren Fastest in Barcelona Testing – Times & Photos

You’ve heard me talk about it before and no doubt remember yourself, but testing in 2009 for McLaren really didn’t very good great results.This year has been far better as McLaren were fastest in the first session of testing in Jerez, courtesy of Lewis Hamilton on day 4. Jenson Button finished up the 2nd session of testing in Jerez as the fastest driver for McLaren. On to the testing in Barcelona which took place from Thursday to Sunday of this week just gone and it’s Lewis Hamilton who has gone the fastest, again.

Thursday 25th February 2010 – Day 1 of testing in Barcelona
1. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.487, 109 Laps
2. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:22.407, 82 Laps
3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:22.514, 107 Laps
4. Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber, 1:23.144, 73 Laps
5. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:23.452, 101 Laps
6. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:24.064, 65 Laps
7. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:24.170, 74 Laps
8. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:24.173, 74 Laps
9. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:24.869, 111 Laps
10. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin, 1:27.057, 31 Laps
11. Fairuz Fauzy, Lotus, 1:28.002, 76 Laps

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Quote from McLaren, the rest of which can be found here:

Despite not setting any headline laptimes, the team declared itself pleased with progress, gaining a greater understanding of the behaviour of the Bridgestone tyre over a long run.

Friday 26th February 2010 – Day 2 of testing in Barcelona
1. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:20.614, 99 Laps
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:20.637, 133 Laps
3. Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber, 1:20.973, 114 Laps
4. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:21.056, 90 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:21.258, 125 Laps
6. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:21.571, 104 Laps
7. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:21.689, 85 Laps
8. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:22.152, 93 Laps
9. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:24.912, 53 Laps
10. Jarno Trulli, Lotus, 1:25.524, 70 Laps
11. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:25.942, 52 Laps

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Quote from McLaren, the rest of which can be found here:

Lewis took over from Jenson today, continuing the development work his team-mate began yesterday: refining set-up and evaluating tyres.

The morning was spent conducting shorter runs, attempting more experimental set-ups – changes that Lewis found beneficial to the car’s balance.

Saturday 27th February 2010 – Day 3 of testing in Barcelona
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:20.686, 128 Laps
2. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:21.413, 106 Laps
3. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:21.450, 105 Laps
4. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:21.975, 101 Laps
5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.344, 115 Laps
6. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.523, 68 Laps
7. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:22.606, 61 Laps
8. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:23.123, 51 Laps
9. Jarno Trulli, Lotus, 1:25.059, 102 Laps
10. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:26.216, 105 Laps
11. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:26.305, 31 Laps

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Quote from McLaren, the rest of which can be found here:

The morning’s session was affected by rain showers, which compromised running and limited the team’s learning of a number of new components. As a result, the morning was spent conducting a number of shorter installation runs to establish set-up.

Sunday 28th February 2010 – Day 4 of testing in Barcelona
1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:20.472, 134 Laps
2. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:20.496, 61 Laps
3. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.539, 114 Laps
4. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:20.611, 100 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:20.667, 76 Laps
6. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:20.745, 123 Laps
7. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:20.870, 84 Laps
8. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:20.911, 67 Laps
9. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:22.135, 88 Laps
10. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:23.175, 107 Laps
11. Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, 1:25.251, 65 Laps
12. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin, 1:26.160, 49 Laps

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Quote from McLaren, the rest of which can be found here:

For the final afternoon, the team ran another race simulation, carrying out three 22-lap stints. At the end of the day, Lewis declared himself happy and comfortable with the new car and told his engineers that he’s now looking forward to Bahrain.

This time 2 weeks and the Bahrain Grand Prix will have taken place. For the every first race we’ll have seen whether Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button is fastest for McLaren. We’ll also have seen the return of Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. If the pre-season testing of 2010 is anything like that of 2009, then as a McLaren fan I can only hope that like last year it is transferred to great race results, just like Brawn did 12 months ago.

I am confident going into this season that McLaren will do well. I think Lewis Hamilton will be in the mix for the world championship, his 2nd, while Jenson Button will be fighting it out for podium places as he acclimatises to his new car and team. With so many new teams and new drivers on the grid it will up to Hamilton and Button to not just drive to the best of their abilities but to also keep an eye on everyone else. This is something they have done every year, but in 2010 that awareness is going to need to be as sharp as ever.

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Testing in Jerez Week 2 – Times, Photos & Button Fastest

Wednesday through Saturday last week so the 2nd week of testing in Jerez and for Lewis Hamilton it was a case of very bad luck as it rained for his 2 days of testing and then cleared up for Jenson Button’s 2 days on Friday and Saturday. Jenson took full advantage of clear conditions to post the fastest time of the week on Saturday, a 1.18.871 after completing 107 laps. If you remember, Lewis Hamilton finished week 1’s testing with the fastest lap time of 1.19.583. It would have been interesting to see what sort of time Lewis would have posted in dry conditions, with the improvements on the McLaren MP4-25 from week 1 to week 2. Worth pointing out that even in the poor conditions Lewis Hamilton still managed to be 2nd fastest on day 1, though only 10th fastest on day 2 which was due to McLaren’s planned testing being thrown out the window by the bad weather.

A much better pre-season than 12 months ago for McLaren, and let’s hope that continues when resumes at Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday, the last testing session before the Bahrain Grand Prix in March.

Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Day 1, Week 2 of testing in Jerez
1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:22.593, 104 Laps
2. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.017, 72 Laps
3. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:23.204, 72 Laps
4. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:23.322, 79 Laps
5. Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber, 1:23.367, 76 Laps
6. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:23.803, 111 Laps
7. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:24.272, 28 Laps
8. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:25.088, 74 Laps
9. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:26.237, 55 Laps
10. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:27.320, 109 Laps
11. Fairuz Fauzy, Lotus, 1:31.848, 76 Laps
12. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:34.417, 10 Laps

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Thursday 18th February 2010 – Day 2, Week 2 of testing in Jerez
1. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:27.145, 98 Laps
2. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:27.828, 56 Laps
3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:28.162, 70 Laps
4. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:28.515, 71 Laps
5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:28.879, 92 Laps
6. Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber, 1:29.691, 8 Laps
7. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:30.344, 33 Laps
8. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:30.476, 72 Laps
9. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:30.666, 24 Laps
10. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:30.979, 57 Laps
11. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:32.678, 57 Laps
12. Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, 1:33.554, 30 Laps
 
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Friday 19th February 2010 – Day 3, Week 2 of testing in Jerez
1. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:19.299, 115 Laps
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:20.115, 132 Laps
3. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:20.394, 101 Laps
4. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:21.432, 138 Laps
5. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:21.437, 79 Laps
6. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:21.916, 100 Laps
7. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:21.939, 69 Laps
8. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:22.228, 28 Laps
9. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:22.564, 120 Laps
10. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin, 1:23.504, 34 Laps
11. Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, 1:23.521, 68 Laps
 
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Saturday 20th February 2010 – Day 4, Week 2 of testing in Jerez
1. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:18.871, 108 Laps
2. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:19.114, 117 Laps
3. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:19.188, 117 Laps
4. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:19.650, 80 Laps
5. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:20.061, 130 Laps
6. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:20.436, 137 Laps
7. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:21.053, 139 Laps
8. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.194, 88 Laps
9. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:21.919, 137 Laps
10. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:22.433, 28 Laps
11. Jarno Trulli, Lotus, 1:23.470, 141 Laps
 
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Full testing analysis can be found at Mclaren.com.

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Lewis Hamilton tests the McLaren MP4-25 on day 3 in Jerez

After the first 2 days of testing, which saw Jenson Button at the wheel of his MP4-25, day 3 in Jerez saw of 2008 Champion Lewis Hamilton out on the track. First the times (courtesy of Formula1.com), then the explanation.

1. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:19.919, 76 Laps
2. Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber, 1:20.736, 58 Laps
3. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:21.428, 48 Laps
4. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:21.603, 72 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:21.783, 59 Laps
6. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.000, 68 Laps
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:22.820, 53 Laps
8. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:23.217, 120 Laps
9. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.985, 68 Laps
10. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin, 1:37.107, 8 Laps

Now, before you panic and think it’s all going pear shaped like this time last year, there is a reason for the slow time, in comparison to the other drivers:

With wet weather forecast to hit the circuit today, the test team had specifically devised a run programme to make best use of the day. The only dry running of the day took place in the morning, which the team used to undertake a number of aero mapping runs. Conducted at lower speeds, the only dry times of the day were therefore not representative of the team’s overall pace. As the rain started falling, focus shifted towards evaluating Bridgestone’s wet and intermediate compounds.

You can read the rest of the report from McLaren over at McLaren.com. So, not quite the disaster it looked like at first glance. As you can see from the following photo, it got pretty wet out on the track yesterday:

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The next photo, taken during the small window of dry weather, shows Lewis Hamilton being followed by Felipe Massa – get used to that Felipe ;o)

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Interesting to see the sponsorship of Santander on the Ferrari with the addition of white to the traditionally all red livery. Lewis is out in Jerez testing again today, let’s hope the weather is better than yesterday so he can a good few laps of dry running completed.

On a side note, Hamilton’s McLaren team mate of 2008 and 2009, Heikki Kovalianen, was at the launch of his new car as part of the Lotus Racing team. Here he he is with the brand new Lotus T127, with team mate Jarno Trulli, at yesterday’s launch in London:

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Best of luck at the new team Heikki, hope it goes well – though not too well!

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Jenson Button completes his 2 days of testing in Jerez

Jesnon Button was the McLaren driver testing the MP4-25 in Jerez for the past 2 days. If this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix has weather conditions similar to last year then Button will be glad of the wet conditions yesterday, though they weren’t even close to the torrential rains that stopped the race at 31 laps last April. Conditions were dry today and Button improved from his 6th fastest position yesterday, to 3rd fastest today.

Wednesday 10th February 2010 – Day 1 of testing in Jerez
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:20.927, 57 Laps
2. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:21.031, 84 Laps
3. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:22.243, 118 Laps
4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:22.895, 88 Laps
5. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:23.287, 55 Laps
6. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:24.947, 68 Laps
7. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:24.968, 71 Laps
8. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:25.440, 27 Laps
9. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:26.502, 50 Laps
10. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:38.734, 5 Laps

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Thursday 11th February 2010 – Day 1 of testing in Jerez
1. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:19.950, 103 Laps
2. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:20.026, 121 Laps
3. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:20.618, 83 Laps
4. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:20.629, 67 Laps
5. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:20.754, 80 Laps
6. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:21.083, 124 Laps
7. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:21.424, 129 Laps
8. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:22.003, 103 Laps
9. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:22.043, 99 Laps
10. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:29.964, 11 Laps

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Tomorrow will the see the turn of Lewis Hamilton taking his place behind the wheel of the all new McLaren MP4-25 in Spain. At last week’s testing he managed to go faster than Button, it’ll be interesting to see if he does the same this week. It’s baffling to see the Red Bull driven by Mark Weber so far down the table of times, I can only imagine they are testing on a heavy fuel load or are testing for something other than all out speed.

For more in depth details of the training sessions take a look at the official McLaren website.

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Valencia F1 Testing 2010: McLaren Roundup

After a number of car launches, including that of the McLaren MP4-25, the first session of testing took place in Valencia, Spain from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd February. Courtesy of the Formula1.com, here are the times, with McLaren highlighted in red.

Day 1 – Monday 1st February 2010
1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:12.574, 102 Laps
2. Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber, 1:12.784, 74 Laps
3. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:12.947, 40 Laps
4. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:13.543, 39 Laps
5. Gary Paffett, McLaren, 1:13.846, 86 Laps
6. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:14.449, 75 Laps
7. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:14.762, 18 Laps
8. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:15.000, 69 Laps

Gary Paffett Testing the MP4-25 in Valencia
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Gary Paffett Testing the MP4-25 in Valencia
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Day 2 – Tuesday 2nd February 2010
1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:11.722, 124 Laps
2. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:12.056, 96 Laps
3. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:12.256, 108 Laps
4. Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:12.426, 119 Laps
5. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:12.899, 119 Laps
6. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:13.377, 102 Laps
7. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:13.823, 107 Laps

Lewis Hamilton Testing the MP4-25 in Valencia
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Lewis Hamilton Testing the MP4-25 in Valencia
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Lewis Hamilton Testing the MP4-25 in Valencia
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Day 3 – Wednesday 3rd February 2010
1. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:11.470, 127 Laps
2. Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber, 1:12.094, 80 Laps
3. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:12.438, 82 Laps
4. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:12.576, 97 Laps
5. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:12.951, 82 Laps
6. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:13.097, 75 Laps
7. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:13.669, 126 Laps

Jenson Button Testing the MP4-25 in Valencia
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Jenson Button Testing the MP4-25 in Valencia
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Jenson Button Testing the MP4-25 in Valencia
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Although Ferrari look to be a lot faster than anyone else it’s very hard to tell at this point. As it’s not just speed that the teams are testing at this early stage. We’ll get a better indication in the later tests and of course on the first race of the 2010 season in Bahrain in mid March. It’s almost surreal to see Jenson Button in a McLaren, but good at the same time.

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McLaren Moments #1 – Testing in Barcelona and Jerez, March 2009

Over the past few years I have been discovering new parts of Formula 1 which go toward making up the whole season – in 2009 it was pre-season testing. As a McLaren fan I was waiting with baited breath to see how the new MP4-24 was going to perform.

Lewis Hamilton testing in Jerez, Spain in February 2009
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Things seemed to be going well for McLaren in February when the testing took place in Jerez, Spain. From my limited knowledge of testing this didn’t appear to be the test of how fast the cars would go but more a fact finding mission – highlighted by Sebastian Bourdais being the fastest man in his Torro Rosso by some 2 seconds a lap on the final day of testing!

It was a month later in Jerez and Barcelona that would be more of an indication of how the cars would fare heading into the first race in Australia, and it was during this testing session that things started to take a turn for the worse for McLaren.

Heikki Kovalainen testing in Jerez, March 2nd 2009
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March 1-5 2009 – Jerez, Spain
Day 1 – Pedro de la Rosa – 7th out of 8 drivers
Day 2 – Heikki Kovalainen – 6th out of 7 drivers
Day 3 – Heikki Kovalainen – 4th out of 8 drivers
Day 4 – Lewis Hamilton – 8th out of 9 drivers
Day 5 – Lewis Hamilton – 3rd out of 6th drivers

Not the strongest set of testing, and at this point I was a little concerned. Bear in mind just a few months ago we’d seen Lewis Hamilton crowned the Drivers Champion, how could the MP4-24 be so much worse than the MP4-23? At this point, as a McLaren fan, you start to persuade yourself that maybe McLaren are still testing various bits of the car and not going for out and out speed, it’ll be better in Barcelona.

Lewis Hamilton testing in Barcelona, March 12th 2009
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March 9-12 2009 – Barcelona, Spain
Day 1 – Heikki Kovalainen – 10th out of 10 drivers
Day 2 – Heikki Kovalainen – 9th out of 11 drivers (10th & 11th Torro Rosso)
Day 3 – Lewis Hamilton – 10th out of 10 drivers
Day 4 – Lewis Hamilton – 8th out of 11 drivers

Things took a turn for the worse, if you can believe that, in Barcelona as McLaren seemed to fall even further behind the leading cars. This set of testing also saw the introduction of the new rear diffuser on some cars (not McLaren), and the circus that ensued. It also saw us introduced to the brand new Brawn GP cars, and their blistering pace. Maybe McLaren are sandbagging, yes, that’s what must be happening because they surely can’t be that bad, can they?

March 16-19 2009 – Jerez, Spain
Day 1 – Lewis Hamilton – 4th out of 5 drivers
Day 2 – Lewis Hamilton – 4th out of 4 drivers
Day 3 – Heikki Kovalainen – 1st out of 2 drivers
Day 4 – Heikki Kovalainen – 2nd out of 2 drivers

So that was the end of the testing, and the last session in Jerez didn’t seem to point in the desired direction of the McLaren MP4-24 being a race winning car (remember that come Hungaroring). At the time I was hoping that there were last minute modifications that would make Lewis and Heikki competitive come race day, but it wasn’t a fun time to be a McLaren fan.

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Gary Paffett Finishes 3rd day of Testing in Jerez in 3rd plus Testing Analysis

Gary Paffett posted a 1:18.746 fastest lap time in Jerez, Spain on Thursday 3rd December, which was the 3rd fastest of the day, just 1/10th of a second behind Paul Di Resta in the Force India at 1:18.736. However, both were blown away by Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull who drove a very impressive 1:17.418 to top the fastest laps table for the day. In fact, Ricciardo’s fastest lap on day 3 was the fastest of the whole 3 day testing session.

For a bit of fun, and flawed in a few ways, I decided to look at the placings achieved each day and award points based on most for 1st, and least for last place. Only the fastest driver for a team counts where they have more than one driver. It tots up as follows for the 3 day testing session:

Who's that in first?

Look at that, McLaren in first – let’s hope that the post-season testing of the MP4-24 is mirrored when McLaren start testing the MP4-25 next year.

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