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. mylo (@mylo) said on 5th February 2013, 17:14

    Hmmm Mercedes does look quick though 2 seconds slower than button on only 14 laps that barely enough laps for installation and to get a feel for the car …..

  2. Beto (@chebeto0) said on 5th February 2013, 17:31

    I’m kinda disappointed the Marussia was so much slower. I wanted them to surprise me and be as fast as Caterham. Both of the drivers today are new, so maybe the comparison is fair.

    Seeing Red Bull perform good again makes me afraid of them winning this year aswell, really really afraid. But well, it’s just the first test and usually doesn’t mean much, lets see what happens.

  3. D (@f190) said on 5th February 2013, 17:50

    Really there’s no point in looking at the times. Even comparing them to last year’s pre season testing is rather pointless due to tyre changes, track conditions etc.

    Anyone pointing to Mclaren domination should think twice. As shown last year, speed is nothing unless backed up with great teamwork and reliability. Mclaren fans will be happy to see button at the top of the time sheets, but had today been a race day, Button would be coming away with no points.

    Its so hard not to get excited seeing the times and jumping to conclusion but its just so early into 2013 testing that I’m not at all worried for merc nor putting a bet on Mclaren domination.

    The only thing today did prove for me is that I’m a huge F1 fan ! I did very little work and will be playing f1 2012 when I get home :) I really can’t wait to get to Australia and get the season started !!

    • He Yue (@tknocry) said on 5th February 2013, 19:13

      Neverthless, 1m18.8 is an impressive lap time at Jerez for recent F1 cars.The lap record is just 1m15.6 made by F2004 if my memorization is right

      • D (@f190) said on 5th February 2013, 19:59

        I don’t think a 1m18.8 is that impressive for a modern f1 car. Looking at last year’s times the Ferrari managed that exact time and that was a dog of a car this time last year. Also Rosbergs 2012 time was over 1.2 seconds faster on a 1m17.6. For sure it’s quite a good start for Mclaren but still I feel it’s way too soon to jump on a Mclaren domination.

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th February 2013, 17:55

    I hope Mercedes manage to get a new floor and brake ducting etc to the track for tomorrow, because it looked like the fire might have damaged all of that. But we must remember that before that Rosberg had been setting a string of fast laps that kept standing for a long time.

  5. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 5th February 2013, 18:09

    An interesting first day of testing, with most drivers getting straight to business rather than dawdling with endless in- and outlaps. McLaren showed good speed already, especially considering they usually don’t go for quick laps early in testing, if at all.

    Rosberg’s early laps in the Mercedes were promising, but losing almost the entire first day of testing is disappointing.

    The pace of the new Caterham is slightly encouraging, although I found it worrying that besides the handful of quick laps, there were hardly any decent laps. Certainly I didn’t see any long, consistent runs.

    I think Marussia could have gone a bit quicker, only Chilton went off just as it looked like they were building some speed. Also, it wasn’t clear to me whether he went off because of a suspension failure, or whether the suspension had broken after he had gone off and the team was being nice to him in public.

    Finally, I also found Toro Rosso’s day encouraging. Unlike the Caterham, they could produce quick laps with some consistency, although I suspect the midfield will be too tight to infer much from winter testing.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

    Who drives tomorrow’s mclaren ?

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

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

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