by Adrian Dorofte and Adrian Andronic
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Jerez F1 Test 2013: DAY 1 - Jenson Button sets the fastest time of the day

The morning’s running was compromised by a mechanical fuel-pump issue, which cost a couple of hours’ track-time, but the problem was quickly rectified and the team was able to run productively for the remainder of the afternoon.

Jenson spent the first part of the day’s programme running a lower-lip rake to complete some aero mapping work. The end of the day saw the team evaluate the effects of a series of mechanical set-up changes, using both the Supersoft and Hard Pirelli tyres.

Both the aero mapping and the balance changes fell in line with the team’s pre-test expectations. Jenson set his fastest time of the day on the Hard compound.

Location: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Driver: Jenson Button
Track length: 4.428km
Laps: 37
Km covered: 164
Best laptime: 1m18.861s

What’s next?

Sergio Perez gets his first opportunity to drive a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car tomorrow (Wednesday). The knock-on effects of this morning’s fuel-pump issue mean that he will begin his day by continuing today’s initial aero and balance checks.

The aim for tomorrow afternoon is to conduct a series of longer runs – possibly incorporating live pitstops into the mix if the team is satisfied with the day’s initial progress.


DAY 1 Standings

Position / Driver / Constructor / Time / Laps

1 / Jenson Button / Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / 1m 18.861s / 37

2 / Mark Webber / Red Bull Racing / 1m 19.709s / 73

3 / Romain Grosjean / Lotus-Renault / 1m 19.796s / 54

4 / Paul di Resta / Force India / 1m 20.343s / 89

5 / Daniel Ricciardo / Scuderia Toro Rossa / 1m 20.401s / 70

6 / Felipe Massa / Ferrari / 1m 20.536s / 64

7 / Nico Hulkenberg / Sauber / 1m 20.699s / 79

8 / Nico Rosberg / Mercedes AMG / 1m 20.846s / 11

9 / Pastor Maldonado / Williams / 1m 20.864s / 84

10 / Giedo van der Garde / Caterham / 1m 21.915s / 64

11 / Max Chilton / Marussia / 1m 24.176s / 29



~ Official report courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ~

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