Formula One: Vettel early leader in Catalunya testing

Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel registered the fastest time in Wednesday's opening testing session at Barcelona's Catalunya circuit.

With a best lap of 1min 22.197 the Red Bull driver took the provisional second day honours from new Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton with Sergio Perez, who replaced the Briton at McLaren, in third.

The 2013 season gets underway in Australia on March 17.

Times

1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull) 1min 22.197sec (43 laps), 2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:22.726 (64), 3. Sergio Perez (MEX/McLaren) 1:22.743 (35), 4. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 1:23.247 (28), 5. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) 1:23.561 (53), 6. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso) 1:23.718 (46), 7. Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India) 1:24.007 (41), 8. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Sauber) 1:24.638 (39), 9. Charles Pic (FRA/Caterham) 1:26.985 (51), 10. Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia) 1:28.900 (17), 11. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus) nc (4)

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