Formula One

 
       === Button, McLaren tops in first day of F1 preseason testing ===
 
 Jerez,  Spain  (Sports Network) -  Jenson Button from  McLaren set the pace in
 Tuesday's  first day  of Formula  One preseason  testing at  Jerez, despite  a
 setback with the team's new MP4-28 early in the session.
 
 Button's  car  suffered a fuel-pump  issue following  his third lap around the
 Spanish  circuit.  McLaren spent several  hours working  on the car before the
 2009 F1 world champion returned to the track and later posted the quickest lap
 of  the day  in 1 minute, 18.861  seconds, which was almost one second quicker
 than  his  closest competitor,  Mark Webber,  who set a  lap time in 1:19.709.
 Button turned in a total of 37 laps.
 
 Webber completed 73 laps in Red Bull's 2013 car, the RB9.
 
 "It was actually like a Friday practice session in some regards," Webber said.
 "We  started understanding  the  tires, and  there were  a  lot of  positives.
 There's  a bit of  housekeeping we have to get on top of, but other than that,
 it's been encouraging."
 
 Lotus' Romain Grosjean was third fastest (1:19.796), followed by Paul di Resta
 from  Force India  (1:20.343) and  Toro Rosso's  Daniel Ricciardo  (1:20.401).
 Felipe Massa was sixth overall in Ferrari's F138 (1:20.536).
 
 Mercedes  also encountered a  problem with its F1 W04 car during day one. Nico
 Rosberg completed three runs before an electrical issue caused the car to stop
 on  the track.  Unburned fuel in the exhausts subsequently ignited but did not
 cause any serious damage.
 
 "At  the start of winter testing, you often encounter small issues because the
 car you're running is a brand new design," Rosberg said. "We had an electrical
 problem  this morning  and, once we had  found the root cause, chose to modify
 the parts to make sure it didn't happen again.
 
 "Of  course, at this time  of year all you want to do is spend time in the car
 and get a feeling for how it's working, but these hiccups are just part of the
 game.  During the laps I completed this morning, I had a good feeling with the
 car, and it felt solid."
 
 Rosberg's completed just 14 laps, with his quickest lap time in 1:20.846.
 
 Lewis  Hamilton  is scheduled to  drive the Mercedes  car on Wednesday for his
 first  day  of testing with  the team. Hamilton  left McLaren to join Mercedes
 following  the completion  of the  2012 season.  Sergio Perez,  who took  over
 Hamilton's ride at McLaren this year, is expected to be in the car tomorrow.
 
 02/05 14:01:05 ET

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