Button leads first test of 2013

2013 F1 season

Jenson Button, McLaren, Jerez, 2013McLaren started 2013 the way they ended 2012, with a mixture of performance and unreliability.

Jenson Button was sidelined with a fuel pump problem early on, missing a significant part of the test, but returned to the track to set a best time of 1’18.861.

Mark Webber was second fastest for Red Bull, having taken the quickest time of the day from Romain Grosjean with half an hour to go.

Fourth quickest was Paul di Resta, who also set the most laps of any driver in the session.

At the other end of the scale was Nico Rosberg, who stopped after 14 laps after a wiring loom fault caused a fire on his W04.

Following Rosberg and Button, the final red flag of the day appeared when Max Chilton spun at Curva Dry Sack with two hours remaining. He will be in the car again tomorrow but Marussia are yet to confirm who will drive the car on the remaining days or who his team mate will be.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’18.861 37 Hard
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’19.709 73 0.848 Medium
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E21 1’19.796 54 0.935 Hard
4 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’20.343 89 1.482 Medium
5 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’20.401 70 1.540 Hard
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari F138 1’20.536 64 1.675 Medium
7 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’20.699 79 1.838 Hard
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W04 1’20.846 14 1.985 Medium
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW34 1’20.864 84 2.003 Medium
14 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault CT03 1’21.915 64 3.054 Soft
23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’24.176 29 5.315 Medium

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70 comments on Button leads first test of 2013

  1. f1fan101 (@f1fan101) said on 5th February 2013, 18:22

    Is there any way we can find out what tyre compounds the teams ran their fastest laps on? McLaren say that Button’s fast lap was on hards. Very impressive if true, especially since he ran a couple of laps afterwards so his fuel wasn’t that low.

  2. He Yue (@tknocry) said on 5th February 2013, 19:10

    Interestingly, Button did that kind of lap time with merely 37 laps, which are significantly less than his rivals

  3. Brace (@brace) said on 5th February 2013, 22:18

    For sure, it’s definitely pointless looking at the laptimes in the first test, unless they are insanely quick or slow.
    For sure, definitely.

  4. Nickpkr21 said on 6th February 2013, 2:04

    Who drives tomorrow’s mclaren ?

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th February 2013, 6:53

    Curious as to what happened with Chilton, anyone any idea?

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