McLaren MP4-23, test day 2: Driver impressions 

Written by David on January 10th, 2008 at 7:34 pmLast Update: January 28th, 2008 at 11:15 am

Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen with McLaren MP4-23Lewis Hamilton: “It was fantastic to get my hands on the MP4-23 this morning in Jerez. I saw the completed car for the first time on Monday at the team’s launch in Stuttgart and I have been pretty impatient since then! My first run was at 09:10 and my first impressions are encouraging…

“I covered over 103 laps, which is 456kms, today. Considering this is only the second day the car has been on track, I am pretty happy with that. We have a lot of work to do, but now we have a real understanding of where we are starting from. I will be back in the MP4-23 with Heikki tomorrow and I am looking forward to continuing the programme and moving forward.”

Heikki Kovalainen: “Today was my second day with the MP4-23 and I have now been able to complete over 447kms in total. We are all still spending time learning about the car and starting to get used to it. That we were on track for 204 laps in total today is definitely helping us to learn and progress with the car. For me in particular the car is very different from last year, and I have been focusing on that side of things. Settling into the team has been very easy, and I am looking forward to continuing our preparations for Melbourne next Tuesday.”

source: McLaren

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