Formula One News » F1 Pre-season Testing Button leads the way at Jerez Posted on 05/02/2013
Jenson Button led the way at Jerez today covering 37 laps and setting a fastest time of 1:18.861s on the hard tyres.
Button had a late surge in the closing minutes and topped early morning pace sitter Romain Grosjean with a 1:18.861stime, edging second placed Mark Webber by +0.848s
Jenson Button caused the first red flag of 2013 when his new McLaren suffered from a fuel pump issue after just 3 laps.
Nico rosberg also suffered from torubles as the new Mercedes W04 took to the track, Mercedes ended the day early after a fault with the cars electrics.
“After identifying the cause of the problem, we will not be running again today whilst parts are modified ready for tomorrow,” said the team.
“The part which requires modification is the wiring loom where the electrical fault originated this morning.”
During the second half of the session Max Chilton went off track in his new Marussia VR02 damaging the rear suspension and bringing out the red flags, the Marussia has been 4-5 seconds off the pace all day.
“We’ve identified an issue with the rear suspension which requires further inspection and so we won’t take part in any more running for today,” said the team.
“After such a positive start to our test it is disappointing, but this is what testing is for and, most importantly, Max is just fine.”
Sauber spent the afternoon running aero tests on their new C32, with Nico Hulkneberg repeatedly slowing and speeding up along the start/finish line.
Day 2 of F1 2013 pre-season testing gets underway again tomorrow at Jerez with Lewis Hamilton taking control of the Mercedes W04 for his first test with the Mercedes-Benz team.