2 Feb 2011

Vettel back on top as F1 fires up for new season

1:10 pm on 2 February 2011

The world motor racing champion Sebastian Vettel showed no signs of winter rust after taking the wraps off his new Red Bull car and then lapping faster than anyone else in the first test of 2011.

The 23-year-old German, the sport's youngest world champion, completed 93 laps of the Valencia circuit that saw seven of the 12 teams debut cars and get to grips with new tyres and technology.

Drivers have to master more buttons on the steering wheel this season, with the return of the KERS kinetic energy recovery systems and a new moveable rear wing that has taken some getting used to.