Date Sunday March 1 2015
Driver Jenson Button
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)
Best lap-time 1m25.225s
The curtain closes on McLaren-Honda’s pre-season preparations. It was a slow start to the morning, but Jenson managed to put some laps on the board during the day. While our test programme has been largely affected by unreliability, and by a lack of running, there’s plenty of optimism that the performance foundations for the partnership are strong, and that development will continue strongly – especially during the early part of the season.
McLaren-Honda racing director
“Looking back at the last four weeks, our winter test programme has been difficult. However, that wasn’t entirely unexpected: this time last year, we saw many teams in a similar situation when they introduced new power units for the first time. This year, we also had the added complexity that very tight packaging brings.
“In overview, the lack of mileage means we won’t be as ready as we’d have liked, but we can take away the positive that all the running and data gathering we’ve done have confirmed that we’re achieving the targets we set ourselves.
“Even if it’s likely to be a difficult start to the season, we know we can develop hard and fast, and that we’ll surely unlock the huge potential that lies within the McLaren-Honda MP4-30.”
Today’s unofficial testing times
1 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m23.063s 88 laps
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m23.469s 129 laps
3 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1m24.023s 159 laps
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1m24.527s 85 laps
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m24.638s 72 laps
5 Sergio Perez Force India 1m25.113s 130 laps
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.186s 148 laps
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1m25.327s 30 laps
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m28.272s 36 laps
What’s next That’s a wrap for testing. We’re all off to Australia next week.
Test dates Four days (February 26-March 1).