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.
Massa set the quickest time of the test, while Esteban Gutiérrez drove the most laps.
Driver Running Order
* 2012 car.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
|Feb 5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||MP4-28||1:18.681|
|Feb 6||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||E21||1:18.218|
|Feb 7||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||F138||1:17.879|
|Feb 8||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||E21||1:18.149|
* 2012 car.
Day 1, 5th February
|2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||RB9||1:19.709||+ 0.848 s||73|
|3||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||E21||1:19.796||+ 0.935 s||54|
|4||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||VJM06||1:20.343||+ 1.482 s||89|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||STR8||1:20.401||+ 1.540 s||70|
|6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||F138||1:20.536||+ 1.675 s||64|
|7||Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||C32||1:20.699||+ 1.838 s||79|
|8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||F1 W04||1:20.846||+ 1.935 s||11|
|9||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||FW34*||1:20.864||+ 2.003 s||84|
|10||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||CT03||1:21.915||+ 3.054 s||64|
|11||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||MR02||1:24.176||+ 5.315 s||29|
* 2012 car.
Day 2, 6th February
|2||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||VJM06||1:19.003||+ 0.785 s||95|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||STR8||1:19.134||+ 0.916 s||83|
|4||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||RB9||1:19.338||+ 1.120 s||101|
|5||Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||C32||1:19.502||+ 1.284 s||99|
|6||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||F1 W04||1:19.519||+ 1.301 s||15|
|7||Sergio Pérez||McLaren-Mercedes||MP4-28||1:19.572||+ 1.354 s||81|
|8||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||F138||1:19.974||+ 1.696 s||78|
|9||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||FW34*||1:20.693||+ 2.475 s||71|
|10||James Rossiter||Force India-Mercedes||VJM06||1:21.273||+ 3.055 s||19|
|11||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||CT03||1:21.311||+ 3.093 s||88|
|12||Luiz Razia||Marussia-Cosworth||MR02||1:23.537||+ 5.319 s||31|
* 2012 car.
Day 3, 7th February
|2||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||F1 W04||1:18.766||+ 0.887 s||148|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||RB9||1:19.052||+ 1.173 s||102|
|4||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||E21||1:19.200||+ 1.321 s||40|
|5||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||STR8||1:19.247||+ 1.368 s||85|
|6||James Rossiter||Force India-Mercedes||VJM06||1:19.303||+ 1.424 s||42|
|7||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||MP4-28||1:19.603||+ 1.724 s||83|
|8||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber-Ferrari||C32||1:19.934||+ 2.055 s||110|
|9||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||MR02||1:21.269||+ 3.390 s||78|
|10||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||FW34*||1:21.575||+ 3.696 s||86|
|11||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||CT03||1:22.352||+ 4.473 s||57|
|12||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||VJM06||1:23.729||+ 5.850 s||7|
* 2012 car.
Day 4, 8th February
|2||Jules Bianchi||Force India-Mercedes||VJM06||1:18.175||+ 0.027 s||56|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||RB9||1:18.565||+ 0.417 s||96|
|4||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber-Ferrari||C32||1:18.669||+ 0.521 s||142|
|5||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||STR8||1:18.760||+ 0.612 s||92|
|6||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||F1 W04||1:18.905||+ 0.757 s||145|
|7||Sergio Pérez||McLaren-Mercedes||MP4-28||1:18.944||+ 0.796 s||98|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||FW34*||1:19.851||+ 1.703 s||92|
|9||Pedro de la Rosa||Ferrari||F138||1:20.316||+ 2.168 s||51|
|10||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||CT03||1:21.105||+ 2.957 s||109|
|11||Luiz Razia||Marussia-Cosworth||MR02||1:21.226||+ 3.078 s||82|
|12||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||VJM06||1:23.435||+ 5.287 s||49|
* 2012 car.
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