Reigning world champion makes ominous start to new campaign.
Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel registered the fastest time in testing in Jerez ahead of the new Formula One season, which gets under way next month.
There are still British GP tickets left for this summer’s race at Silverstone
The three-time drivers’ world champion, in the new Red Bull RB9 car, was just ahead of Mexico’s Esteban Gutierrez in a Sauber.
Gutierrez will make his Formula One debut at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17.
Lewis Hamilton was third-quickest in his Mercedes, while Spain’s Pedro De La Rosa made an inauspicious first appearance in a Ferrari.
He was forced to call a halt to his morning’s testing on just his second lap because of a gearbox problem.