Jenson Button sets fastest time in opening F1 test

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

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m 18.861s 37
2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m 19.709s 73
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m 19.796s 54
4 Paul di Resta Force India 1m 20.343s 89
5 Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rossa 1m 20.401s 70
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m 20.536s 64
7 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m 20.699s 79
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1m 20.846s 11
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m 20.864s 84
10 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1m 21.915s 64
11 Max Chilton Marussia 1m 24.176s 29


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

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