Fantastic to get my hands on the MP4-23 - Hamilton

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At 9.10 this morning Lewis Hamilton got his 2008 season preparations well underway when he took to the track in Jerez behind the wheel of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23. The youngster enjoyed his first outing in the new car.

Lewis 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 good. You can't really read all that much into a car after so few laps, but the feeling is positive. Up to 13:00 UK time, I had covered 34 laps and my fastest time was a 1m19.132."