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McLaren complete Spanish shakedown

Oliver Turvey completes McLaren shakedown in Spain
McLaren has complete the shakedown of its new MP4-27 after Oliver Turvey became the first driver to get behind the wheel of the car in Spain.

Turvey, who remains a McLaren test and development driver for the year ahead, took part in the test on Saturday ahead of the first pre-season test of the campaign at Jerez this week.

That test will see race drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton share the driving as they sample the car for the first time.

“Was an absolute honour to be the first person to drive the McLaren MP4-27 today,” Turvey wrote on Twitter, “thoroughly enjoyed every moment!

“It ran well but hard to know how good the performance will be until we get on track next week in Jerez!”

Turvey's run in the car comes after Paul di Resta completed a shakedown of the new Force India at Silverstone, although both Ferrari and Williams were forced to delay their maiden runs due to poor weather in Italy and Spain.



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David Chaste - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 4:02 AM

It's interesting that even though every driver wants to race for the top teams, as far as being a reserve driver, it's better to be in a middle of the pack team. Since the top teams have championship aspirations they want their race drivers to get all the seat time they can. So the reserve drivers only drive the car during the pre season and the post season. During the season reserve drivers only do simulator work it seems.



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