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Button to debut new McLaren

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Jenson Button will be in the MP4-27 on the opening two days of the Jerez test © Getty Images
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Jenson Button will debut the new McLaren MP4-27 at Jerez on February 7, the team has announced.

The car will be launched on February 1 at the team's Woking headquarters ahead of the first test that runs from February 7-10. McLaren has revealed its provisional driver schedules for the three pre-season tests and Button will be in the car on the opening two days in Jerez before handing over to Lewis Hamilton for the final two days.

The order is reversed for the second test in Barcelona, before the final test - also in Barcelona - sees the drivers taking to the track on alternate days with Hamilton finishing the test.

McLaren announced back in December that it would run the MP4-27 at the first test in Jerez, and so far only Mercedes has confirmed that it will not be running its new car until the second test, although reports claim Marussia will follow suit.