Button fastest in first F1 testing

FORMULA ONE: Britain’s Jenson Button enjoyed an encouraging start to the 2013 pre-season when he set the fastest time in testing in Jerez yesterday. The McLaren driver was 0.848 seconds faster than Red Bull’s Mark Webber, despite missing five hours’ track time with a fuel pump problem, with Romain Grosjean of Lotus third. English rookie Max Chilton crashed after his Marussia’s suspension failed, but the 21-year-old escaped unhurt. Compatriot Lewis Hamilton was not among the 11 drivers to test, but is set to debut his Mercedes today.