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
Km covered: 368
Best laptime: 1m19.603s
Test dates: Four days (February 5-8)
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.
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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