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Jerez Testing: Day 1

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TODAY'S TIMES:

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

Morning times

Pos  Driver                Team          Time               Laps
 1.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus         1m19.796s           24
 2.  Paul di Resta         Force India   1m20.343s  +0.547   40
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso    1m20.401s  +0.605   37
 4.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes      1m20.846s  +1.050   11
 5.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams      1m20.864s  +1.068   52
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari       1m21.024s  +1.228   47
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber        1m21.553s  +1.757   32
 8.  Mark Webber           Red Bull      1m22.959s  +3.163   42
 9.  Giedo van der Garde   Caterham      1m24.994s  +5.198   21
10.  Max Chilton           Marussia      1m25.176s  +5.380   21

Commentary:

BBC Sport:

Gary Anderson in Jerez: Like last year, the Lotus looks good. Romain Grosjean is able to keep the front tucked in nicely on the tricky exit of Turn Two, where the track falls away. If a driver misses his braking point, it can be hard in a tricky car to keep it on line, but the Lotus is going well.

Autosport Live:

12:17 Last year Lotus took opening day honours with Raikkonen.

12:16 There was some concern about Lotus’s lack of activity from its huge fanbase earlier today, but the team told AUTOSPORT it was just following a shakedown plan, and now it’s unleashing some pace.

10:41 Romain Grosjean and Lotus, conversely, are back out and flying. The Frenchman didn’t leave the pits for the first hour and still has just eight laps under his belt in the E21, but he’s just improved to a 1m21.175s, which keeps him third. The car looks particularly quick in the first sector, where it tops the speed trap.

Lotus exceeds expections

Romain Grosjean claims Lotus had a better than expected start to 2013 Formula 1 testing at Jerez on Tuesday, as he ended the day third fastest.

The Frenchman was the first man to try out the new Lotus E21, which the team hopes will be enough to lift it into top three contention this year.

And although Grosjean ended up nine tenths of a second behind pacesetter Jenson Button, he was hugely encouraged by what he discovered.

When asked if he had got what he had hoped to from the car, Grosjean said: “Yes, but I would say even better to be honest.

“The first feelings were very, very good. It’s been a long time since we drove last time, but it has also been a short time at the same time.

“Honestly, three laps in and the car was already on the pace and the car was good without any set-up work.”

The new Lotus E21 is an evolutionary design from last year’s car, but Grosjean says he already feels progress has been made.

“I think it’s a good step forward, compared to where we were last year – which was already a good starting point,” he said.

“There was no issue with the car today; we could do 55 laps which were all pretty quick, and that’s a good point.”

Kimi Raikkonen will take over testing duties on Thursday and Friday.

Jerez test line-up

Team          February 5     February 6     February 7     February 8
Lotus           Grosjean       Grosjean       Raikkonen      Raikkonen

Video, Jerez Testing Day 1

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2 responses

  1. Driizz

    1. Button McLaren 1:18.861m
    2. Webber Red Bull 1:19.709m
    3. Grosjean Lotus 1:19.796m
    4. Di Resta Force India 1:20.343m
    5. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:20.401m
    6. Massa Ferrari 1:20.536m
    7. Hülkenberg Sauber 1:20.699m
    8. Rosberg Mercedes 1:20.846m
    9. Maldonado Williams 1:20.864m
    10. Van der Garde Caterham 1:21.915m
    11. Chilton Marussia 1:24.176m

    Like

    February 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    • Thank you Drizz, I will update the post with Autosport’s final times report shortly 🙂

      Like

      February 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

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