F1: McLaren hopes blown away by the wind in Jerez test

PUBLISHED: 22:20 13 February 2011 | UPDATED: 09:54 16 February 2011

Lewis Hamilton and McLaren F1 team-mate Jenson Button at the launch of the McLaren MP4-26 in Berlin [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton and McLaren F1 team-mate Jenson Button at the launch of the McLaren MP4-26 in Berlin [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel

IT was another frustrating day for Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren Mercedes Formula One team in testing at Jerez today (Sunday).

After a shortage of spare parts for the new MP4-26 challenger hindered Hamilton’s track time on day three, team-mate Jenson Button was hampered by the weather on the final day of testing at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain.

Blustery conditions throughout the day, and a rain shower in the late afternoon, meant former F1 world champion Button completed only 70 laps and 310km, compromising McLaren’s data gathering programme.

Button was also unable to find a suitable balance with the car, and the team’s progress was brought to an early end in the middle of the afternoon following the failure of an internal component.

Rubens Barrichello was fastest on the timesheets today (Sunday) for Williams with Button trailing in ninth.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at the launch of the McLaren MP4-26 in Berlin [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Herts-born Hamilton, 26, will be back behind the wheel at the next test session at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona from February 18-21.

The 2011 F1 world championship opens with the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, March 13.


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