Tuesday, March 10, 2009

McLaren throw modifications at the MP4-24

Barcelona - McLaren Mercedes - Test day 1

Following a troubled test last week at Jerez, the McLaren Mercedes team were back in action today in Barcelona with Heikki Kovalainen behind the wheel.

The test team today fitted the MP4-24 with the 2009-specification rear wing after opting to run the older high downforce 2008 device for the bulk of the pre-season running.

The morning session was spent focusing on longer runs using an existing bodywork package in order to establish an accurate baseline ahead of the evaluation of new parts in the afternoon.

During the lunch break, MP4-24 was fitted with a new front wing, floor and top body and the programme continued - on identical fuel-loads - throughout the afternoon.

Kovalainen completed 90 laps over the day, his best lap of 1:22.948s coming on his 85th tour. The Finn was the slowest of the ten runners, 2.610s off the ultimate pace.

The team now turns its focus towards tuning the set-up in order to fully exploit the characteristics of the new aero kit.

Source : F1-Live

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