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Vettel ends first day of tests on top

Current world champion Sebastian Vettel has ended the opening day of testing at Valencia with the fastest lap time of 1m 13.769s. The Red Bull driver began the day by unveiling the teams new RB7 to the media alongside team mate Mark Webber before testing got underway. Speaking about his first testing experience in the new RB7, Vettel said: “It was good today and I felt comfortable in the car, I enjoyed it. It was day one for most of us and there’s a long way to go with testing ahead of the season and a very long racing season after that – with 20 races – so things can change! We’ve only made the first step today, but we had a reliable day and can be very proud of what we have achieved so far." Meanwhile, Red Bull's head of race engineering, Ian Morgan added: “We had a very good shakedown with the RB7 today and completed everything we aimed to on day one. It’s an encouraging start to what we hope will be a successful season for the RB7.” Local favourite with the home crowd at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, Fernando Alonso, had set the pace in the morning session, with Vettel finishing just behind. However, Alonso ended the day nearly a second off Vettel's time and fifth fastest. Both sessions were dry throughout. Plus, the morning cloud cover disappeared for the afternoon session, giving the teams a track temperature closer to the kind of temperatures that the Pirelli tyres will experience at races. With the recent rule changes for the 2011 season, which sees the re-introduction of the KERS system, the ban on the double diffuser and the new movable rear wing, their has been a lot of questions about how the new devices would work. Mercedes GP's Nico Rosberg was one driver to try out the new adjustable rear wing, although only manages 9 laps after suffering a hydraulics leak early in the morning session. Speaking about the new wing, Rosberg said: "I tried the rear wing and that is going to take some getting used to. I pushed the button, the thing goes down on the track and you suddenly feel the car go lighter. Then you release the button again before braking and you think 'jeez this thing hasn't actually gone back to its original position'. So yes, it's going to take some time to get used to I think."

Valencia Testing Results Day 1

Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull RB7
1m 13.769s
88 Laps

Nico Hulkenberg
Force India VJM-03
1m 13.938s
71 Laps

Gary Paffett
McLaren MP4-25
1m 14.292s
91 Laps

Paul di Resta
Force India VJM-03
1m 14.461s
26 Laps

Fernando Alonso
Ferrari F150
1m 14.553s
83 Laps

Kamui Kobayashi
Sauber C30
1m 15.831s
49 Laps

Jerome d'Ambrosio
Virgin racing MVR-02
1m 16.003s
59 Laps

Vitaly Petrov
Lotus Renault R31
1m 16.351s
25 Laps

Michael Schumacher
Mercedes GP W02
1m 16.450s
14 Laps

Jaime Alguersuari
Toro Rosso STR6
1m 17.214s
15 Laps

Rubens Barrichello
Williams FW33
1m 17.335s
52 Laps

Narain Karthikeyan
HRT F111
1m 18.020s
44 Laps

Nico Rosberg
Mercedes GP W02
9 Laps

all times unofficial

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