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Quality more than quantity for McLaren

McLaren enjoys a productive start to the final pre-season test of the year in Spain
McLaren enjoyed a productive start to the final pre-season test of the year in Spain, with Jenson Button second quickest on a day where the team insisted it was looking for 'quality over quantity'.

Button completed just 64 laps at the wheel of the new MP4-27, with only Pastor Maldonado completing fewer on a more troubled day for Williams.

However, the limited number of laps from the Briton was tied into McLaren's programme for the week, which includes the introduction of a range of new components onto the car ahead of the season opener in Melbourne later this month.

With pit-stop practice and set-up work forming the basis of the first day's programme, Button was able to complete the work required with team manager David Redding pleased with a productive session on track.

“Having completed more than 2000km at Barcelona last week, today was always going to be more about quality than quantity,” he said. “We wanted to drill a little deeper into our understanding of the car, and that meant undertaking some bigger set-up changes that wouldn't ordinarily be available to us during a grand prix weekend.

“We made good progress and we're satisfied with today's results.”

Button will be back in action on Saturday, with Lewis Hamilton taking to the track on Friday.



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selnor - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 10:05 PM

Without a doubt McLaren will be a force this season. They have been consistantly good and have had no unreliability. McLaren I believe will have both championships this season in what will be the closest season we have had since Lewis first year.

e36L

March 02, 2012 7:26 AM

I really wish I knew more about what exactly they are fine tuning and testing. I understand the conventional camber, caster, ackerman, diff, rebound..blah, blah, blah, but what kind of "data" are they testing aside from tire deg justradation, load etc? maybe I'm just "hoping" there's more to it than that, but I'd really like to know.



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