Formula 1 2013: Jerez Testing Results , Day 1 and 2 0

The Jerez test is known for cars coming to the track and using it as a de-bugging process for all their cars. With reliability being as key as ever in Formula 1 due to the high consistency of points scoring from the top drivers it is important for all the teams to use this test to iron out the cars deficiencies.

Day 1

Jenson Button in the McLaren was the first to be struck by reliability issues in the morning of day 1 with fuel pump issues, something what had been a thorn in the McLarens side in the 2012 most notably in the Abu Dhabi race where Lewis Hamilton was leading the race to then be pulling over to the side due to the fuel pump issue.

Moments later Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes had to retire testing with an electrical fault what lead to the car stopping and spitting out fire. This was the end of their day as they had to wait for the replacement parts to be shipped into the circuit.

Jenson Button in the McLaren was the first to be struck by reliability issues in the morning of day 1 with fuel pump issues, something what had been a thorn in the McLarens side in the 2012 most notably in the Abu Dhabi race where Lewis Hamilton was leading the race to then be pulling over to the side due to the fuel pump issue.

Moments later Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes had to retire testing with an electrical fault what lead to the car stopping and spitting out fire. This was the end of their day as they had to wait for the replacement parts to be shipped into the circuit.

Buttons car was repaired and he went back out on the hard tyre in the last few minutes of day 1 and he set the fastest time of a 1’18.861. With limited running Jenson was unhappy with the reliability but told reporters he was happy with the feel of the car.  He was followed by Mark Webber and Romain Grosjaen at the end of the test but both Grosjean and Webber completed more laps than Button and in testing that is more crucial than setting the fastest lap. At the back of the time sheets there were two rookies, Giedo Van der Garde and Max Chilton. The Dutchman and the Britt tasted their first dosage of being an F1 driver and both were optimistic about the rest of the test in Jerez. Chilton and Marussia experienced some growing pains in the test as this is the first time the driver and team have used KERS but a rear suspension problem sent Chilton flying off the track and crashing into the barriers.

 

 

 

 

Day 2

 

Romain Grosjean was the fastest driver of the day separating himself from the closest car Paul Di Ressta by almost 8 tenths of a second. Grosjean went out the morning and set fastest lap after fastest lap as he was doing short runs on the soft tyres in the Lotus. He then went onto the harder compound and completed longer runs and showed consistent pace. Three minutes to the end of the session he pulled over at turns 3, 4 bringing out the red flags before the end of the session.

But the most popular story of the day was Lewis Hamilton’s first outing in his new team. After a poor session in day 1 with Nico Rosberg only completing 14 laps it was down to Lewis Hamilton to test the car for day 2. 15 laps into his day a rear brake cable failure caused him to crash at the Dry Sack hairpin.

James Rossiter took over from Paul Di Resta in the Force India. The test driver for the Force India team had his first outing in a Formula 1 car since 2008 when he tested for the Japanese Super Aguri team. He had an eventful day clocking in 19 laps and also missing his breaking point in the pitlane and hitting the Force India front Jack man which sent him flying into the air.
The Highly rated Luiz Razia’s day was cut short when the Mercedes engine in his Marussia failed. They tried to get him out in time for another run but they were unable to fix the engine in time. The GP2 2012 runner up has huge boots to fill as he has taken over from the experienced Timo Glock who decided to move to DTM earlier in the year.