Jerez – 05th Feb Morning testing session.


The first test of the 2013 season got underway at Jerez in chilly but bright conditions, with all 11 teams present.

Jenson Button caused an early red flag when his McLaren stopped at turn 4 having completed just three laps. It transpired that the problem was caused by a fuel pump failure which has since kept him in the garage.

That was soon followed by Nico Rosberg as his Mercedes came to a halt between turns 11 and 12 having completed 14 laps. Rosberg was quickest by 0.762s when he became the second car to stop on track in the opening 90 minutes with flames spitting from the rear of the W04.

Marussia and Caterham launched their respective new cars in the hour before the light at the end of the pit lane went green, with the Caterham retaining the stepped nose from the CT01 on its 2013 design.

Williams is the only team not running a new car, with Pastor Maldonado driving in the FW34 as the team evaluates the new Pirelli tyres.

Tuesday latest times

  Driver Car Best time Laps
1. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso STR8 1:20.547 29
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes W04 1:20.846 11
3. Pastor Maldonado Williams FW34 1:20.864 36
4. Romain Grosjean Lotus E21 1:21.175 15
5. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber C32 1:21.553 32
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari F138 1:21.598 25
7. Paul di Resta Force India VJM06 1:21.647 24
8. Mark Webber Red Bull RB9 1:22.959 24
9. Giedo van der Garde Caterham CT03 1:24.994 17
10. Max Chilton Marussia MR02 1:25.233 17
11. Jenson Button McLaren MP4-27 N/A 3


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