by Adrian Dorofte and Adrian Andronic
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Jerez F1 Test 2013: DAY 3 - Jenson Button back in the cockpit of the MP4-28

Jenson returned to the cockpit this morning to complete his second day of running at Jerez, concluding his programme for this test.

As in previous days, the morning kicked off with further aero evaluation work – conducted over a number of shorter runs. The team then ran through a suite of larger mechanical changes in order to understand key changes in set-up – these were fully evaluated over a series of longer runs throughout the afternoon.

The team also conducted a number of live pitstops during the afternoon’s running.

Jenson made a precautionary stop on the track during the session’s dying minutes, and the car was recovered safely.

Location: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Driver: Jenson Button
Track length: 4.428km
Laps: 83
Km covered: 368
Best laptime: 1m19.603s
Test dates: Four days (February 5-8)

What’s next?

Sergio returns tomorrow for the final day’s running. As before, he will conduct a mix of aero and mechanical work, also running through a similar series of larger mechanical changes in order to better understand the set-up characteristics of MP4-28.


DAY 3 Standings

Pos / Driver / Constructor / Best time / Laps

1 / Felipe Massa / Ferrari / 1m 17.879s / 85

2 / Nico Rosberg / Mercedes AMG / 1m 18.766s / 148

3 / Sebastian Vettel / Red Bull Racing / 1m 19.052s / 102

4 / Kimi Raikkonen / Lotus-Renault / 1m 19.200s / 40

5 / Jean-Eric Vergne / Scuderia Toro Rossa / 1m 19.247s / 85

6 / James Rossiter / Force India / 1m 19.303s / 42

7 / Jenson Button / Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / 1m 19.603s / 83

8 / Esteban Gutierrez / Sauber / 1m 19.934s / 110

9 / Max Chilton / Marussia / 1m 21.269s / 78

10 / Valtteri Bottas / Williams / 1m 21.575s / 86

11 / Charles Pic / Caterham / 1m 22.352s / 57

12 / Paul di Resta/ Force India / 1m 23.729s / 7


~ Official photo and report courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ~

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