Jenson Button sets fastest time in opening F1 test

  • Wednesday 6th February, 2013 10:00am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Jenson Button at Jerez

Jenson Button at Jerez

McLaren and Jenson Button have fired the first shot of 2013, topping the times in Formula 1’s official opening test at Jerez.

The 2009 world champion battled with fuel pump issues early in the day and remained on the sidelines for much of the day. After the team fixed the problem, the Brit set the fastest time in the final minutes of the session, clocking a 1m18.861s on Pirelli’s new hard compound tyres.

Button was more than 0.8s clear of Australian Mark Webber, after the Red Bull also put in a number of flying laps towards the end of the session. Webber ended the day with a 1m19.709s.

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was the morning pacesetter but wouldd finish the day third ahead of Force India’s Paul di Resta and Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was eighth fastest but his day ended early with an electrical failure. The team pulled the pin on the day as it waited for new parts to arrive from its factory. New team recruit Lewis Hamilton will drive the car tomorrow.

Day 1, F1 pre-season test, Jerez

1Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1m 18.861s37
2Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1m 19.709s73
3Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1m 19.796s54
4Paul di RestaForce India1m 20.343s89
5Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rossa1m 20.401s70
6Felipe MassaFerrari1m 20.536s64
7Nico HulkenbergSauber1m 20.699s79
8Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1m 20.846s11
9Pastor MaldonadoWilliams1m 20.864s84
10Giedo van der GardeCaterham1m 21.915s64
11Max ChiltonMarussia1m 24.176s29


 Here is the Foxsports News report from the opening day of testing

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