Hamilton put to the test in Spain

PUBLISHED: 15:23 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton driving his McLaren Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton driving his McLaren Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

McLAREN will be hoping their testing at the Circuit de Catalunya last week will pay off with successes for its drivers at Sunday s Spanish Grand Prix. Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1 at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, however, believes the proof will be in the

Lewis Hamilton

McLAREN will be hoping their testing at the Circuit de Catalunya last week will pay off with successes for its drivers at Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1 at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, however, believes the proof will be in the pudding when Lewis Hamilton and team-mate Heikki Kovalainen limber up for the weekend race.

He said: "We are confident that we have improved the performance of the car, but this week's test was not an accurate indicator of performance, so we will need to wait for the race to establish how the MP4-23 will fair.

"This period has provided an opportunity for the drivers and race engineers to focus on a bit of set-up work as well for this race."

Tewin driver Hamilton believes the testing can only benefit the team in the long run and has been impressed with how the car is performing.

Talking after last week's test at the Barcelona track, he said: "It's always difficult to predict these things as all the teams are continually progressing.

"Winter testing there was positive and this week we have covered a good amount of laps.

"We have a range of new components coming on board for this race, which we tested this week and had some positive results."

The Spanish Grand Prix takes place in Barcelona on Sunday.


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