F1: Hamilton’s positive spin despite more troubles in Barcelona test

PUBLISHED: 20:53 20 February 2011 | UPDATED: 10:33 20 March 2011

Former F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton at the McLaren MP4-26 car launch [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Former F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton at the McLaren MP4-26 car launch [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

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FORMULA One racer Lewis Hamilton managed to complete more than 90 laps in testing today (Sunday), despite another problematic day for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team in Barcelona.

After Jenson Button’s two days of testing the radically redesigned MP4-26 were dogged by reliability issues, Herts-born F1 star Hamilton was delighted to get 93 laps under his belt in Spain.

Day three of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya wasn’t without its problems though for the McLaren team.

Overnight rain meant 26-year-old Hamilton’s day began with some installation laps on wet tyres – his first experience of Pirelli’s intermediate and full wet compounds.

The morning was spent focusing on shorter runs, with some brief downtime shortly before lunch to correct another minor mechanical issue.

Lewis Hamilton at the McLaren MP4-26 car launch [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

In the afternoon, Tewin grand prix star Lewis conducted longer runs, evaluating tyre behaviour over the course of a stint.

Hamilton finished the day third fastest on the timesheets behind Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov in the Lotus-Renault.

The 2008 F1 world champion from Hertfordshire was reasonably encouraged by today’s running.

Lewis said: “This was a positive day: we’ve been focusing on our programme, trying to complete as many laps as possible, improve reliability and understand the Pirelli tyres.

“We’re learning more and more about them every day.

“We’ve had a few technical issues with this car, but the guys have been working incredibly to rectify them.

“To get more than 90 laps under my belt today was a big positive, and I’m looking forward to a trouble-free day tomorrow.”

Hamilton takes the wheel again on Monday for the final day of the Barcelona test.

F1 teams then head to Bahrain for the final four-day test session, starting March 3 – provided the political unrest in the country doesn’t force the season-opening grand prix to be cancelled.


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