Archive | February 2015

Jenson completes Jerez Test

Jenson Button finished McLaren’s testing schedule at Jerez on Wednesday. The world champion managed a total of 35 laps and a lap time of 1m27.660 before an issue set in. A fuel required changing so late in the afternoon that there was not enough time to complete the repair and exit the pits, so the team completed the test early.

Button pushed into the pits

Button pushed into the pits

There have been promising signs of improvement from the MP4-30. In the afternoon, the team even decided to focus on aerodynamic development. Meanwhile Alonso left the south of Spain to go for some winter mountain training, in order to extend his fitness.

The next test gets under way in Barcelona on the 19th of February.

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Alonso ramps up the mileage

Fernando Alonso completed 32 laps on his last day of testing at the Jerez circuit. The test is being used by McLaren and Honda as a time to get some serious laps in, in order to bed in the new partnership ahead of the 2015 F1 season. Alonso left the garage immediately in the morning and managed to even complete a 10 lap run whilst the track was still damp, after overnight rain, as a result his quickest time of a 1m35.553 was unrepresentative.

Jenson Button with a cup of tea

Jenson Button with a cup of tea

Jenson Button was in the garage watching the teams progress. Unfortunately the session came to an end early in the afternoon after a water leak was discovered. The issue required the chassis to be taken apart and the power unit removed, bringing to an end a positive day. Jenson Button takes over the car for the last day of the test tomorrow.

Video: Jenson Button

Here’s a video of Jenson Button cruising down the start/finish straight on Day 2 of the Jerez test:

Jenson gets his first laps

Jenson Button had his first run out in the McLaren Honda at Jerez today. The MP4-30 only managed a total of six laps, due to some ancillary issues and rain late in the day halting progress. The Briton completed six laps in the car, with an unrepresentative time of 1m54.655.

Fernando Alonso will take control of the car for tomorrows running, the third day of the four day test.

McLaren-Honda’s First Run

Check out the sounds to the new Honda engine in this clip from Jerez today, as Fernando Alonso went out of the garage and on to the circuit for the first time in his MP4-30.

McLaren Honda completes first laps

The MP4-30 has completed it first laps as the new partnership between McLaren and Honda began at the Jerez circuit. Fernando Alonso managed six installation laps of the track as the team and engine manufacturer begin to work with each other. Alonso ended the day with an unrepresentative time of 1m40.738.

Alonso leaves the garage

         Alonso leaves the garage

There were some electronic issues throughout the afternoon, which meant the car had to remain in the garage, however, there are high hopes for a successful day tomorrow when Jenson Button takes over the steering wheel.

After the running, McLaren boss Ron Dennis also alluded to a change of livery for the MP4-30 in the coming weeks.