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The 2013 Jerez Test was the first official testing event of the 2013 Formula One Season. It was a scheduled four-day test session that took place at the Circuito de Jerez, in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain between February 5–8th 2013.

The test session is was attended by all 11 teams of the 2013 Formula One Season. All teams except for Williams débuted their new cars at the event. Williams fielded a modified version of their 2012 season car, with the FW35 being unveiled at the next test in Barcelona on 19th February.

Force India did not confirm that their second driver until after this event. This has meant that Paul di Resta was the only confirmed driver for Force India at the event, with reserve drivers James Rossiter and Jules Bianchi also taking part.

Most notably, however, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso did not take part in the test, with Felipe Massa driving in the first three days and Pedro de la Rosa taking part on the final day.[1]

Both Caterham and Marussia unveiled their cars on the morning of the first day of testing.

Massa set the quickest time of the test, while Esteban Gutiérrez drove the most laps.

Driver Running OrderEdit

Team Car Day 1 (Tue) Day 2 (Wed) Day 3 (Thu) Day 4 (Fri)
Red Bull-Renault[2] RB9 Mark Webber Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari[1] F138 Felipe Massa Pedro de la Rosa
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 Jenson Button Sergio Pérez Jenson Button Sergio Pérez
Lotus-Renault E21 Romain Grosjean Kimi Räikkönen
Mercedes[3] F1 W04 Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton
Sauber-Ferrari C32 Nico Hülkenberg Esteban Gutiérrez
Force India-Mercedes[4] VJM06 Paul di Resta Paul di Resta
James Rossiter
James Rossiter
Paul di Resta
Jules Bianchi
Paul di Resta
Williams-Renault FW34* Pastor Maldonado Valtteri Bottas
Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 Daniel Ricciardo Jean-Éric Vergne
Caterham-Renault CT03 Giedo van der Garde Charles Pic
Marussia-Cosworth MR02 Max Chilton Luiz Razia Max Chilton Luiz Razia

Source: [5]

* 2012 car.

OverviewEdit

ReportEdit

Day 1Edit

Felipe Massa 2013 Jerez Test

Felipe Massa set the fastest time of the test.

The first day of testing began with both Caterham and Marussia launching their cars in the early morning. New Sauber recruit, Nico Hülkenberg, was the first driver out, followed by Mark Webber and Pastor Maldonado. The first flying lap of the session, however, was performed by Felipe Massa, who dragged his Ferrari around on intermediates in a time of one minute 35.607 seconds, over 15 seconds off the normal pace. There was little initial action, as the teams performed systems checks and calibrations.

McLaren's Jenson Button was the victim of the first red flag of the day, possibly caused by fuel starvation. One hour in, the best time had been set by Romain Grosjean, with a time of 1:20.846.

The second red flag was caused by Nico Rosberg's Mercedes, whose car was emitting smoke. Mercedes retired from the day's testing to resolve the issue. McLaren were able to repair Button's car, and he returned back to the track in the early afternoon.

Without an official lunch break, there were rarely no cars on track. Midway through the afternoon, Max Chilton went off the track at the back straight and got stuck in the gravel, necessitating another red flag, which took about 20 minutes to sort out. When the car was returned to the garage, Marussia identified an issue with the rear suspension, and took no further part in the days running.

With about ten minutes to go, Button set the fastest time of the day – 1:18.681 – on the hard tyre, beating the next-quickest driver, Webber, by over eight tenths of a second.

Day 2Edit

At the start of the day, Luiz Razia was confirmed as the partner to Max Chilton at Marussia. He was immediately put into the hotseat, performing the days testing for the team.

Nico Hülkenberg was the first driver out again, along with seven other drivers, and they were soon joined by Lewis Hamilton, who was driving the Mercedes for the first time. Soon enough, Razia got his first taste of his MR02, leaving only Sergio Pérez the only driver to not venture out onto track in the first ten minutes.

Around half an hour in, Daniel Ricciardo, just after setting a quick lap time, stopped between turns 10 and 11. Over ten minutes later, testing was resumed. Ricciardo later set the first time under one minute twenty seconds of the day. Hamilton managed a time a tenth off Ricciardo's a few minutes later, before suffering a brake failure and crashing heavily at the Dry Sack hairpin. Once again, Mercedes were unable to do any more running of the car for the remainder of the day. Fifteen minutes later, cars were allowed back on track.

The times continued to fall throughout the morning, Romain Grosjean laying down a strong marker of 1:18.828. Fifteen minutes before 1 o'clock, Razia's day was ruined as he came to a halt on the pit straight, which was quickly dealt with. Marussia later identified it as a problem with the engine, which was not resolved by the end of the day's testing and Razia was unable to drive any more laps.

As expected, during the lunch hours there was limited running, and with a mostly clear track, Grosjean was able to further reduce his time by a couple of hundredths. At about 3 o'clock, he reduced it further, by six and a half tenths to 1:18.218, which would not be beaten in the remaining two hours.

With an hour to go, James Rossiter got a go in the Force India, replacing Paul di Resta. Di Resta had set what would turn out to be the second best time of the day, at 1:19.003.

In the dying minutes, both Grosjean and Hülkenberg stopped out on track, bring out a fourth red flag of the day, with the most likely reason being that they were testing their cars on very low fuel levels.

Day 3Edit

Vettel 2013 Jerez day 4

Sebastian Vettel completed nearly 200 laps and set the fifth best time.

The third day of the test began without being preceded by any formalities. Felipe Massa was the first out, along with Max Chilton, Kimi Räikkönen and Jean-Éric Vergne. Nine of the eleven teams released their drivers out in the first fifteen minutes. Sebastian Vettel joined in after about forty minutes.

90 minutes in, Massa set the quickest time of 1:19.005; his quickest of the test so far. After two hours, Nico Rosberg had already completed more laps than both he and Lewis Hamilton managed for Mercedes in the first two days. The was also an incident involving Force India's simulator driver James Rossiter, who hit one of his mechanics in the pit lane, who thankfully was uninjured.

Charles Pic, who was the other driver to get on track late, caused the first red flag two and half hours into the day. His Caterham had stopped on track just before turn 2. After just over ten minutes, testing was back up and running again. Soon after this, Massa set the first (and only) sub-1 minute 18 second lap of test, on the soft tyre.

By "lunchtime", Rosberg had completed 86 laps in four hours, with no-one other than Massa setting a time under 1 minute 19 seconds. At two o'clock, Paul di Resta replaced Rossiter in the Force India car.

Not long after two o'clock, Vergne stopped on at the end of the pit lane, bringing out the second red flag of the day, which, due the position of the stoppage, was cleared up in just five minutes.

Not much action took place in the afternoon otherwise. Rosberg kept plugging in laps, ending with 148 of them at the end of the day, equal to 655.344 kilometres (407.148 miles), a total greater than two races.

A final red flag, five minutes before the end, effectively ended proceedings early. It was caused by Jenson Button's McLaren stopping on track between turns 7 and 8.

Day 4Edit

The sesssion started with Kimi Räikkönen, Jean-Éric Vergne, Esteban Gutiérrez, Charles Pic and Jules Bianchi all heading out at the start. They were soon joined by Lewis Hamilton.

Pedro de la Rosa, driving the Ferrari for the first time, exited onto the track about an hour into the session. His run was short-lived; on his second installation lap, an oil leak caused his car to catch fire, bringing out the red flag. Within twenty minutes, the track was all-clear.

But only for fifteen minutes, as Gutiérrez ran out of fuel. This was sorted out in a few minutes, and the track was clear once again. The car was not damaged in any way, and at about 12pm, Gutiérrez set the quickest time of the day so far.

Sebastian Vettel proved the Red Bull's raw speed by setting a faster time ten minutes later.

Ten minutes before 1pm, the kerbing between turns 10 and 11 was damaged. Initially, debris was found on the track, which brought out a red flag. With the debris picked up, the green flag was shown – but for about two minutes, as the damaged kerb needed to be repaired. Quick-drying cement was applied, and an hour after the damage was noticed, the cement was dry enough to be driven on and testing began once again. The end of the test was pushed back half an hour to 4:30 pm.

Bianchi was replaced by Paul di Resta in the Force India at half past three. Bianchi had set the best time of the day at that point in the day, a 1:18.175. Räikkönen later posted a faster time of 1:18.148.

Räikkönen's time was not beaten, and he ended the day as the fastest driver. Hamilton and Gutiérrez drove the most laps (145 and 142 respectively).

Best timesEdit

By dayEdit

Day Driver Team Car Tyres Time
Feb 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 P 1:18.681
Feb 6 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault E21 P 1:18.218
Feb 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari F138 P 1:17.879
Feb 8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault E21 P 1:18.149

By driverEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Days Laps
1 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari F138 P 1:17.879 1, 2, 3 227
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault E21 P 1:18.148 3, 4 123
3 France Jules Bianchi India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:18.175 4 56
4 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault E21 P 1:18.218 1, 2 149
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault RB9 P 1:18.565 3, 4 198
6 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C32 P 1:18.669 3, 4 252
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 P 1:18.681 1, 3 120
8 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 P 1:18.760 3, 4 177
9 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes F1 W04 P 1:18.766 1, 3 159
10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes F1 W04 P 1:18.905 2, 4 160
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 P 1:18.944 2, 4 179
12 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:19.003 1, 2, 3, 4 240
13 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 P 1:19.134 1, 2 153
14 United Kingdom James Rossiter India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:19.303 2, 3 61
15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault RB9 P 1:19.338 1, 2 174
16 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C32 P 1:19.502 1, 2 178
17 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Renault FW34* P 1:19.856 3, 4 178
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Italy Ferrari F138 P 1:20.316 4 51
19 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault FW34* P 1:20.693 1, 2 155
20 United Kingdom Max Chilton Russia Marussia-Cosworth MR02 P 1:21.269 1, 3 107
21 France Charles Pic Malaysia Caterham-Renault CT03 P 1:21.105 3, 4 164
22 Brazil Luiz Razia Russia Marussia-Cosworth MR02 P 1:21.226 2, 4 113
23 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Malaysia Caterham-Renault CT03 P 1:21.311 1, 2 152

* 2012 car.

Most laps by a driver: Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber-Ferrari), 252.

Most laps by a team: Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari, 430.

Most laps in a day: Germany Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 148 (day 3).

TimesEdit

Day 1, 5th FebruaryEdit

Source: [6]

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 P 1:18.861 37
2 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault RB9 P 1:19.709 + 0.848 s 73
3 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault E21 P 1:19.796 + 0.935 s 54
4 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:20.343 + 1.482 s 89
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 P 1:20.401 + 1.540 s 70
6 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari F138 P 1:20.536 + 1.675 s 64
7 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C32 P 1:20.699 + 1.838 s 79
8 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes F1 W04 P 1:20.846 + 1.935 s 11
9 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault FW34* P 1:20.864 + 2.003 s 84
10 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Malaysia Caterham-Renault CT03 P 1:21.915 + 3.054 s 64
11 United Kingdom Max Chilton Russia Marussia-Cosworth MR02 P 1:24.176 + 5.315 s 29

* 2012 car.

Day 2, 6th FebruaryEdit

Source: [7]

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 France Romain Grosjean United Kingdom Lotus-Renault E21 P 1:18.218 95
2 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:19.003 + 0.785 s 95
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 P 1:19.134 + 0.916 s 83
4 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault RB9 P 1:19.338 + 1.120 s 101
5 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C32 P 1:19.502 + 1.284 s 99
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes F1 W04 P 1:19.519 + 1.301 s 15
7 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 P 1:19.572 + 1.354 s 81
8 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari F138 P 1:19.974 + 1.696 s 78
9 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado United Kingdom Williams-Renault FW34* P 1:20.693 + 2.475 s 71
10 United Kingdom James Rossiter India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:21.273 + 3.055 s 19
11 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Malaysia Caterham-Renault CT03 P 1:21.311 + 3.093 s 88
12 Brazil Luiz Razia Russia Marussia-Cosworth MR02 P 1:23.537 + 5.319 s 31

* 2012 car.

Day 3, 7th FebruaryEdit

Source: [8]

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari F138 P 1:17.879 85
2 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes F1 W04 P 1:18.766 + 0.887 s 148
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault RB9 P 1:19.052 + 1.173 s 102
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault E21 P 1:19.200 + 1.321 s 40
5 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 P 1:19.247 + 1.368 s 85
6 United Kingdom James Rossiter India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:19.303 + 1.424 s 42
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 P 1:19.603 + 1.724 s 83
8 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C32 P 1:19.934 + 2.055 s 110
9 United Kingdom Max Chilton Russia Marussia-Cosworth MR02 P 1:21.269 + 3.390 s 78
10 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Renault FW34* P 1:21.575 + 3.696 s 86
11 France Charles Pic Malaysia Caterham-Renault CT03 P 1:22.352 + 4.473 s 57
12 United Kingdom Paul di Resta India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:23.729 + 5.850 s 7

* 2012 car.

Day 4, 8th FebruaryEdit

Source: [9]

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lotus-Renault E21 P 1:18.148 83
2 France Jules Bianchi India Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:18.175 + 0.027 s 56
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault RB9 P 1:18.565 + 0.417 s 96
4 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari C32 P 1:18.669 + 0.521 s 142
5 France Jean-Éric Vergne Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 P 1:18.760 + 0.612 s 92
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes F1 W04 P 1:18.905 + 0.757 s 145
7 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 P 1:18.944 + 0.796 s 98
8 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Renault FW34* P 1:19.851 + 1.703 s 92
9 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Italy Ferrari F138 P 1:20.316 + 2.168 s 51
10 France Charles Pic Malaysia Caterham-Renault CT03 P 1:21.105 + 2.957 s 109
11 Brazil Luiz Razia Russia Marussia-Cosworth MR02 P 1:21.226 + 3.078 s 82
12 United Kingdom Paul di Resta United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes VJM06 P 1:23.435 + 5.287 s 49

* 2012 car.

NotesEdit

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  2. "Webber to give 2013 Red Bull track debut". grandprix.com. 23 January 2013. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns24728.html. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  3. "Lewis Hamilton unveils 2013 Mercedes car". BBC Sport. 4 February 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula-one/21322248. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  4. "Bianchi, Rossiter to test for Force India this week". Formula One. 4 February 2013. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2013/2/14241.html. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  5. Beer, Matt (4 February 2013). "Bianchi, Rossiter to test for Force India at Jerez this week". Autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/105402?source=mostpopular. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  6. Tremayne, Sam (5 February 2013). "Jerez F1 testing: McLaren's Jenson Button quickest on day one". Autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/105423. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. Freeman, Glenn (6 February 2013). "Jerez F1 testing: Romain Grosjean leads day two for Lotus". Autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/105452. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  8. Tremayne, Sam (7 February 2013). "Jerez F1 testing: Felipe Massa stays ahead on day three". Autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/105480. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
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V T E 2013 Formula One Season
Teams Red Bull • Ferrari • McLaren • Lotus • Mercedes • Sauber • Force India • Williams • Toro Rosso • Caterham • Marussia
Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Alonso • 4 Massa • 5 Button • 6 Pérez • 7 Räikkönen • 7 Kovalainen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Rosberg • 10 Hamilton • 11 Hülkenberg • 12 Gutiérrez • 14 di Resta • 15 Sutil • 16 Maldonado • 17 Bottas • 18 Ricciardo • 19 Vergne • 20 Pic • 21 van der Garde • 22 Bianchi • 23 Chilton
Other Drivers Buemi • Félix da Costa • Sainz Jr. • Gené • De la Rosa • Rigon • Paffett • Turvey • Magnussen • d'Ambrosio • Prost • Valsecchi • Hartley • Bird • Frijns • Sato • Sirotkin • Rossiter • Calado • Wolff • Juncadella • Kvyat • Rossi • Ma • Stevens • Canamasas • Razia • González • Ellinas
Cars RB9 • F138 • MP4-28 • E21 • F1 W04 • C32 • VJM06 • FW35 • STR8 • CT03 • MR02
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Malaysia • China • Bahrain • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Great Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • South Korea • Japan • India • Abu Dhabi • United States • Brazil
Tests Jerez • Barcelona 1 • Barcelona 2 • Young Driver Test
See also 2012 Formula One Season • 2014 Formula One Season • Category
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