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Jerez Test – Day Four
Lewis wraps up opening pre-season test with solid mileage haul in Spain

Date: Wednesday 04 February 2015
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez
Driver: Lewis Hamilton
No of Laps: 117 laps
Circuit Length: 4.428 km
Kilometres Covered: 518.076
Best Lap Time: 1:22.172

Weather: Clear, cool, damp (AM), mild, blue sky (PM), high temp 12°c
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS concluded the opening test of the 2015 season today at the Circuito de Jerez, with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid. Lewis’ best time of 1:22.172 from 117 laps put him third on the time sheets.
• Today’s programme comprised long runs and practice pit stops
• Lewis emerged for his first run at precisely 09:00 CET, completing 44 laps before lunch and a further 73 after
• The F1 W06 Hybrid remained parked over lunch as the crew investigated a cooling problem, before returning to the track for the afternoon
• Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1076 km
• MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS completed 516 laps (2284 km) of the Circuito de Jerez over the four day test
• The team will now return to Brackley to prepare for the second pre-season test of 2015 in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton
It’s been pretty amazing this week to see how reliable the car has been and how much mileage we’ve covered. The team here at the track and back at the factories is so enthusiastic and energized which is great to see. We all loved the experience of last year and everyone wants to do it again. This is where you prove out the car – looking for as many laps as you can, not searching for fast times. It’s been really positive from that perspective and every day here the car has got better as we learn more about it. Everyone will keep bringing upgrades through pre-season, so the cars will develop and they will improve and that then carries on through the first race. I can’t really say much about the performance of the car yet but it doesn’t feel any worse than last year’s, which is a good sign. I’m fit and ready to go – 117 laps today felt fairly easy – so I’m already looking forward to getting back to it in Barcelona.

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.841 106
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:22.019 112
3 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:22.172 117
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:22.553 97
5 Felipe Massa Williams 1:23.116 73
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:23.802 53
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:23.975 64
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1:27.660 35

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