Date: 18th February 2011 at 6:04pm
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2010 Formula 1 World Champion Sebastien Vettel topped the timesheets after day one of testing in Barcelona, beating second fastest Fernando Alonso by 1.11 seconds – with a laptime of 1 minute 24.374 seconds.

Alonso looked like clocking the fastest time in his home country but the German delivered a quick lap late on as the track dried up after a damp start to the session.

Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari was third quickest ahead of Kamui Kobayashi, while McLaren’s Jenson Button was 5th, 2 seconds behind Vettel.

Vettel told formula1.com:

?Unfortunately, we didn?t complete many laps today, as we had a long break – longer than expected,?

?It wasn?t anything big, nothing broke, but at the test if you think there might be a problem then you?d rather take the car apart and check. The boys did their best and we still got some runs towards the end of the day – not as much as we?d like, but the car feels good and hopefully we?ll do more tomorrow.?


There will be further testing in Barcelona tomorrow (Saturday).