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Mark Webber leads first day of final testing in Barcelona // Red Bull show their pace as Pérez has his lap time deleted

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Mark Webber has topped the timesheets on the first day of the final pre-season test, after Sergio Pérez had a last minute time deleted. Pérez had put his Sauber on top but the lap was scrapped after it was found he cut a chicane. Webber moved up to P1, putting Red Bull back on top as this final test gets underway.

Mark Webber tops the first day of final Barcelona test
Credit: Vladimir Rys/Getty Images

Pérez was demoted to fourth place on the timesheets, which is still an impressive run after Sauber had mechanical troubles throughout the day. A lot of attention was focused on McLaren, who were running a nose with a big bump on the front - however it was established as a data collector rather than a new design. Button went on to finish the day second fastest, about three tenths off the Red Bull's time.

Four teams didn't run today, preferring to start the test tomorrow but many of the teams present had multiple drivers share the car. Lotus ran former Virgin reserve Luiz Razia and GP2 driver Davide Valsecchi. Both caused red flags throughout the day, as did Sebastién Buemi in the Toro Rosso.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Mark WebberRed Bull1:22.54497
2Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:22.91074
3Vitaly PetrovRenault1:22.93727
4Sergio PérezSauber1:24.11790
5Nick HeidfeldRenault1:24.73520
6Paul di RestaForce India1:25.03938
7Davide ValsecchiLotus1:25.40650
8Sébastien BuemiToro Rosso1:26.00448
9Nico HülkenbergForce India1:26.03031
10Luiz RaziaLotus1:26.72329
11Jérôme d'AmbrosioVirgin Racing1:32.06057

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