Vettel flies on first day of testing

On the first day of testing at Jerez, Sebastien Vettel was the man to beat as he topped the timesheets with a 1:19.844. McLaren test driver Gary Paffett was the second quickest man of the day, closely followed by Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer.

There was just one red flag during the session, caused by Williams test driver Niko Hulkenberg.

The main drama of the day came courtesy of BMW Sauber when a mechanic was given an electric shock as he touched the car which had been kitted out with the new KERS kit. As a result of the accident, test driver Klien did not complete any timed laps as the team investigated what caused the issue.

Unofficial Times for Day 1 of testing at Jerez:

Pos  Driver        Team                   Time      Laps
 1.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:19.844   94
 2.  Paffett       McLaren-Mercedes       1:20.179   80
 3.  Badoer        Ferrari                1:20.697   69
 4.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Toyota        1:20.953   58
 5.  Buemi         Red Bull-Renault       1:20.997  110
 6.  Grosjean      Renault                1:21.223   71
 7.  Trulli        Toyota                 1:21.459   96
 8.  Wurz          Honda                  1:21.596   84
 9.  Klien         BMW-Sauber             no time     3