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Sebastian Vettel © Gallo Images

Vettel sets early pace in Barcelona testing



Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel set the early pace for Red Bull on Tuesday on the first day of testing ahead of the start of the new Formula One season.

Fernando Alonso, second to Vettel in the 2012 driver's championship, posted the third best time in Ferrari's F138 at Barcelona's Catalunya circuit having missed the opennig batch of tests in Jerez.

The new season opens in Australia on March 17.

TIMES
1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull) 1min 23.046sec,
2. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN/Lotus) 1:23.571,
3. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 1:23.626,
4. Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams) 1:23.733,
5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso) 1:23.884,
6. Sergio Pérez (MEX/McLaren) 1:24.124,
7. Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India) 1:24.144,
8. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 1:24.520,
9. Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Sauber) 1:25.136,
10. Charles Pic (FRA/Caterham) 1:27.534,
11. Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia) 1:28.068

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