Button tops Jerez Day 1 as problems hit Mercedes

By on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2009 world champion Jenson Button set the fastest time as pre-season testing began at a sunny Jerez circuit in Southern Spain.

Button bounced back from an early fuel pick-up failure that left him stranded for much of the morning.

It was a worse day for Mercedes who completed just eleven laps with Nico Rosberg when an electrical fault caused a minor fire, ending their running for the day.

Mark Webber was second in the Red Bull RB9, ahead of Lotus's Romain Grosjean.

Paul di Resta was fourth, having completed the most laps - 89.

Max Chilton suffered an accident in the afternoon, with the Brit confirming something broke at the back of his Marussia MR02.

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Jenson Button McLaren 1:18.861 37
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:19.709 73
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:19.796 54
4 Paul Di Resta Force India 1:20.343 89
5 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:20.401 70
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.536 64
7 Nico Hülkenberg Sauber 1:20.699 79
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:20.846 14
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:20.864 84
10 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1:21.915 64
11 Max Chilton Marussia 1:24.176 29


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