McLaren started 2013 the way they ended 2012, with a mixture of performance and unreliability.
Jenson Button was sidelined with a fuel pump problem early on, missing a significant part of the test, but returned to the track to set a best time of 1’18.861.
Mark Webber was second fastest for Red Bull, having taken the quickest time of the day from Romain Grosjean with half an hour to go.
Fourth quickest was Paul di Resta, who also set the most laps of any driver in the session.
At the other end of the scale was Nico Rosberg, who stopped after 14 laps after a wiring loom fault caused a fire on his W04.
Following Rosberg and Button, the final red flag of the day appeared when Max Chilton spun at Curva Dry Sack with two hours remaining. He will be in the car again tomorrow but Marussia are yet to confirm who will drive the car on the remaining days or who his team mate will be.
|1||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28||1’18.861||37||Hard|
|2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault RB9||1’19.709||73||0.848||Medium|
|3||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault E21||1’19.796||54||0.935||Hard|
|4||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes VJM06||1’20.343||89||1.482||Medium|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8||1’20.401||70||1.540||Hard|
|6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari F138||1’20.536||64||1.675||Medium|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari C32||1’20.699||79||1.838||Hard|
|8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W04||1’20.846||14||1.985||Medium|
|9||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault FW34||1’20.864||84||2.003||Medium|
|14||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault CT03||1’21.915||64||3.054||Soft|
|23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth MR02||1’24.176||29||5.315||Medium|
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