Button fastest on first Jerez test day

    Second was claimed by Mark Webber, after the Australian staged his own late rally following a modest morning in the title-defending Red Bull RB9.

    Published On Feb 06, 2013 04:45:00 PM

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    Button fastest on first Jerez test day

    Jenson Button shrugged off early reliability woes to set the pace on the opening day of Formula 1's first pre-season test of 2013 at Jerez.

    The Briton's morning ground to a halt after just three exploratory laps due to a fuel-pump failure on his McLaren, and he remained sidelined until the midway point.

    A similar problem led to Lewis Hamilton's retirement from the lead of last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    Button was eventually able to resume and in the final minutes of the session clocked a 1m18.861s on Pirelli's new hard compound tyres, putting him more than eight tenths clear of the field.

    Second was claimed by Mark Webber, after the Australian staged his own late rally following a modest morning in the title-defending Red Bull RB9.

    Webber jumped ahead of Romain Grosjean's Lotus with a 1m19.709s, only for Button to trump that almost immediately.

    That left morning pacesetter Grosjean in third, Force India's Paul di Resta fourth and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo fifth, the trio all having set their fastest times in the morning.

    Di Resta clocked up more laps than any other driver, his final tally standing at 89.

    Felipe Massa managed to improve in the Ferrari F138 and ended the day sixth fastest, albeit 1.6s down on Button.

    On his first day testing for Sauber, Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest, just ahead of Nico Rosberg and the stricken Mercedes camp.

    Rosberg had been setting the pace in the morning but his run - and his day - came to a premature end due to an electrical fault.

    Mercedes eventually had to abandon the rest of the day as it waits for new parts. Hamilton is set to test for the first time tomorrow.

    Pastor Maldonado, driving the old-spec FW34 Williams, finished just ahead of F1 rookies Giedo van der Garde and Max Chilton.

    Chilton went off at Dry Sack shortly after setting his fastest time in the afternoon, with Marussia later identifying a fault with the rear suspension.

    TODAY'S TIMES:
    
    Pos  Driver               Team         Time                 Laps
     1.  Jenson Button        McLaren      1m18.861s            37
     2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull     1m19.709s  + 0.848s  73
     3.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus        1m19.796s  + 0.935s  54
     4.  Paul di Resta        Force India  1m20.343s  + 1.482s  89
     5.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso   1m20.401s  + 1.540s  70
     6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari      1m20.536s  + 1.675s  64
     7.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber       1m20.699s  + 1.838s  79
     8.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes     1m20.846s  + 1.985s  14
     9.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams     1m20.864s  + 2.003s  84
    10.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham     1m21.915s  + 3.054s  64
    11.  Max Chilton          Marussia     1m24.176s  + 5.315s  29

     

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