Turvey completes MP4-27 shakedown
4 February 2012 – McLaren tester Oliver Turvey became the first person to drive the team's 2012 challenger in Spain on Saturday, completing a range of system checks behind the wheel of the MP4-27 before pre-season running kicks off at the Circuito de Jerez next week.
"Was an absolute honour to be the first person to drive the McLaren MP4-27 today, thoroughly enjoyed every moment," Turvey explained via his personal Twitter account, having been present at the car launch on Wednesday. "It ran well today but hard to know how good the performance will be until we get on track next week in Jerez!"
Jenson Button will begin the outfit's testing programme at Jerez next Tuesday, driving for the first two days of the gathering before team-mate Lewis Hamilton takes over.