Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The Red Bull driver only did 37 laps on the first day of the four-day test.
The Ferrari of Fernando Alonso was second-fastest in front of fans at the home of the Spanish Grand Prix.
The test began on a wet track following overnight rain, which dried during the course of the day.
That gave teams the opportunity to assess the wet weather tyres supplied by Pirelli.
Michael Schumacher was eighth-fastest after completing a race simulation in his Mercedes.
Heikki Kovalainen’s session was cut short by a gearbox problem. He was also delayed by a water leak early on in the day.
The session was interrupted by red flags caused by technical problems Kamui Kobayashi and Rubens Barrichello’s cars. Barrichello had to have an engine change.
A spin for Jaime Alguersuari caused another interruption.
Renault had a KERS problem on their car which kept Vitaly Petrov from doing the running they had planned for the afternoon.
Jenson Button and Paul di Resta also spent a long time in the pits.
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault RB7||1’24.374||37|
|2||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F150th Italia||1’25.485||101||1.111|
|3||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR6||1’25.638||57||1.264|
|4||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari C30||1’25.641||78||1.267|
|5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26||1’26.365||77||1.991|
|6||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes VJM04||1’26.575||26||2.201|
|7||Rubens Barrichello||Williams-Cosworth FW33||1’26.912||52||2.538|
|8||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes W02||1’27.512||90||3.138|
|9||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth F110||1’28.393||116||4.019|
|10||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus-Renault T128||1’30.065||54||5.691|
|11||Jerome d’Ambrosio||Virgin-Cosworth MVR-02||1’30.950||116||6.576|
|12||Vitaly Petrov||Renault R31||1’35.174||20||10.800|
|13||Nick Heidfeld||Renault R31||1’44.324||27||19.950|
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