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Button tops charts on Day 1 of Jerez test

by Niharika Ghorpade Photos:DPPI Posted on February 6, 2013 17:41 IST 538 Views

Jenson Button's McLaren was the fastest on the first day of the pre-season tests at Jerez, a second ahead of Mark Webber's Red Bull which was followed closely by Romain Grosjean's Lotus


Jenson Button, McLaren F1 team


McLaren driver Jenson Button clocked the fastest time on the first day of the pre-season test at Jerez despite a fuel pump problem earlier in the day. Despite missing almost five hours of track time, the Brit managed to be a second faster than Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber having completed just 37 laps.


“It is the first day of testing and you are not going to know if it is a championship-winning car or not. But once we solved our issues this morning the car ran smoothly”, said Button.


Mark Webber drove 73 laps in the title defending RB9 to get marginally ahead of Romain Grosjean who had been the pacesetter all morning. The Frenchman was unable to continue at the same pace in the afternoon and dropped down to third on the time charts. 


Meanwhile, Force India too had a an impressive start to the pre-season test as Paul di Resta set the fourth fastest time. The Force India driver was followed by Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo in the STR8, who was quicker than Felipe Massa’s Ferrari F138 by a tenth of a second.


Massa posted relatively fewer timed laps having spent more time evaluating the car. The Brazilian said, “The first impression is definitely a positive one. We did not run as much as I had expected, but that’s normal when you are testing a new car. On a track like this where traction counts for a lot and the tyres feel it, I got a positive feeling as far as the balance of the car is concerned and I think that, especially at the rear, we are going in the right direction and it feels more solid. It’s definitely a different situation to last year, because the basis for this year is in much better shape”.


Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 team


After posting 79 laps Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest in the Sauber C32 and ahead of Nico Rosberg who could only complete 14 laps before his Mercedes W04 burst into flames due to an electrical problem. Mercedes later confirmed that they needed to modify the wire loom due to which they had to pull out the car from the test session for the rest of the day.


However Rosberg downplayed the episode by saying “At this time of year all you want to do is spend time in the car and get a feeling for how it's working, but these hiccups are just part of the game. During the laps I completed this morning, I had a good feeling with the car and it felt solid.”


Pastor Maldonado tested a revised version of the Williams’ 2012 car the FW34, and managed getting ahead of rookies Giedo van de Garde of Caterham and Marussia’s Max Chilton. The FW34 tested by Maldonado contained systems and components from the new car, the FW35 which will be launched on February 19, 2013.


Marussia’s 21 year old driver, Max Chilton managed completing 29 laps until a problem with the right rear suspension made him spin across the gravel causing a crash.



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