Button sets fastest time in 2013’s 1st test

Jenson Button was the fastest man for the first 2013 test in Jerez. The fuel pump issue that sidelined him was resolved and he came back to secure the top spot. As with all testing, it means a tremendous amount to the teams and fans alike but it is difficult to know what program each team is working on and what the times mean to each team based on their desired outcomes.

I enjoyed following the AUTOSPORT folks on Twitter as they worked their tails off trying to assemble a composite lap time based on fast sectors but even with that expert assemblage of time, it is still challenging to know the actual pace of the cars and we’ll only truly know that come qualifying in Australia next month.

Pos  Driver               Team         Time                 Laps
 1.  Jenson Button        McLaren      1m18.861s            37
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull     1m19.709s  + 0.848s  73
 3.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus        1m19.796s  + 0.935s  54
 4.  Paul di Resta        Force India  1m20.343s  + 1.482s  89
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso   1m20.401s  + 1.540s  70
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari      1m20.536s  + 1.675s  64
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber       1m20.699s  + 1.838s  79
 8.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes     1m20.846s  + 1.985s  11
 9.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams     1m20.864s  + 2.003s  84
10.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham     1m21.915s  + 3.054s  64
11.  Max Chilton          Marussia     1m24.176s  + 5.315s  29
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