Lewis Hamilton: new McLaren better at high speeds

Lewis Hamilton pronounced himself impressed with the speed of his "well-behaved" new McLaren after day two of the second pre-season test in Spain.

Hamilton managed 120 laps in the MP4-27 at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

"The car behaves well in the high-speed corners," said Hamilton. "The baseline of our car is higher than last year, and it's better overall at high speed."

The 27-year-old was sixth on the timesheets, with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg quickest on the day.

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It's been an extremely productive few days

Lewis Hamilton

The German's best lap of one minute 22.608 seconds was 1.198 seconds faster than the Briton's.

Hamilton said: "To have completed more than 1,000 kilometres in the past two days is incredibly encouraging. The whole team should feel proud.

"It's been an extremely productive few days, and I think Jenson [Button] will continue to improve the car tomorrow.

"Now I'm just looking forward to the final test [in Barcelona from March 1-4]. It's where you get a really good feeling of where the car will be.

"It's also exciting because it's the last stop before the first race."