Formula One

 
        === Vettel struggles, Hamilton wrecks in day one of testing ===
 
 Jerez,   Spain   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Four-time  defending  world  champion
 Sebastian  Vettel  from Red Bull and  Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton endured a rough
 start in Formula One preseason testing on Tuesday in Jerez.
 
 On the first day of testing, which featured just six drivers who posted times,
 Hamilton  crashed midway  through  the  session when  he  suffered front  wing
 failure  on his F1 W05 car, causing him to slam into the barrier in turn 1. He
 did  not return  to the track for  the remainder of the day. Mercedes unveiled
 its car for the 2014 season just prior to the start of the session.
 
 "We had a small hiccup, but we'll bounce back from it, and hopefully, it's the
 first  of  very few for  us," Hamilton said. "When  the car doesn't stop under
 braking,  it's always a bit of a heart-in-the-mouth moment, but I've had a few
 of those in my career, so I'm used to it."
 
 Hamilton,  entering  his second season with  Mercedes, was the first driver on
 track  in the  morning. The 2008 F1  titleholder completed 18 laps and had the
 quickest lap time of 1 minute, 27.820 seconds before his incident.
 
 "We  had done  the most  laps of  anyone up  to that  point," Hamilton  added.
 "Seeing how few cars have been going out on the track today shows just how big
 an achievement our morning work had been."
 
 Vettel,  who won the last nine grand prix of the 2013 season, placing him in a
 tie  with Alberto Ascari for most consecutive victories in F1, did not get out
 on  track  until 15 minutes remaining  in the session, making only three laps.
 Red Bull showcased its RB10 earlier in the day.
 
 Red  Bull as well as all other F1 teams struggled to get their cars out of the
 garage  during day  one in  Jerez. Teams  are having  difficulties in  getting
 familiar  with the  new  F1  technical regulations  this  season, including  a
 revised  engine. A  1.6-liter V6 turbocharged engine is replacing the previous
 2.4-liter V8 motor.
 
 "It's  a big  change for all the teams, including ourselves, so it's difficult
 to  have  any sort of  expectations," Vettel  said. "The most important thing,
 once  we  get going,  is to  understand the  car and  hopefully build on that.
 Therefore,  expectations are  fairly low, but once you realize you have a good
 car,  hopefully, you want  to make sure you race in the same area that you did
 in recent years."
 
 Kimi  Raikkonen,  who returns to Ferrari  this season, topped the time charts.
 Raikkonen,  in Ferrari's  F14 T, completed the most laps with 31 and surpassed
 Hamilton's quickest time late in the session with a lap in 1:27.104.
 
 "Overall, we can say it was a good start," said Raikkonen, who drove for Lotus
 the past two seasons. "We have a solid base from which to work over the coming
 days."
 
 It  was  a relatively quiet day  of testing in Jerez, with eight drivers/teams
 combining  for  a total  of  93  laps.  McLaren,  with driver  Jenson  Button,
 experienced electrical problems with its MP4-29 throughout the day and did not
 make any laps.
 
 "The  car was  predominantly affected  by electrical  issues during  the day,"
 McLaren  said in  a statement. "The subsequent dismantling, inspection and re-
 installation  of  several major components  ultimately meant we were unable to
 conduct any running today.
 
 "We're  re-installing  key systems on  the car overnight, with the expectation
 that Jenson will begin the car's installation program [on Wednesday]."
 
 Teams  will  continue to  test in Jerez  through Friday. The  next round of F1
 preseason testing is scheduled for Feb. 19-22 in Sakhir, Bahrain.
 
 01/28 15:20:33 ET

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