Button to get first run in new McLaren

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton

Jan.17 (Reuters) 2011 world championship runner-up Jenson Button will have the first run in the new McLaren when Formula 1 pre-season testing starts next month, the Woking based team said on Monday.

The new MP4-27 car is due to be launched at the Woking factory in southern England on Feb. 1 with 2009 world champion Button scheduled to kick off testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain on Feb. 7 and 8.

Team mate, fellow Briton and 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton will take over the final two days on Feb. 9 and 10.

Button finished overall runner-up to Red Bull’s double world champion Sebastian Vettel in the 2011 season, with Hamilton fifth overall and beaten by a team mate for the first time in his F1 career.

Both McLaren drivers won three races last year.

Here are the provisional dates for our 2012 pre-season test days:


Tuesday Feb 7 Jenson Button
Wednesday Feb 8 Jenson Button
Thursday Feb 9 Lewis Hamilton
Friday Feb 10 Lewis Hamilton


Tuesday Feb 21 Lewis Hamilton
Wednesday Feb 22 Lewis Hamilton
Thursday Feb 23 Jenson Button
Friday Feb 24 Jenson Button


Thursday March 1 Jenson Button
Friday March 2 Lewis Hamilton
Saturday March 3 Jenson Button
Sunday March 4 Lewis Hamilton