Trackside view from Barcelona

Trackside view from Barcelona

Barcelona offers some ideal corners to see the new cars' behaviour nuances, but as Sam Tremayne found out, the most dramatic trait was how quickly tyre degradation took over

Today was perhaps the first true glimpse of the 2013 competitive order – at least if you subscribe to the idea that Jerez, with its low temperatures, aggressive surfaces and lack of race data, is more preamble than earnest examination.

Barcelona has earned its reputation as a great test track, but it's also an excellent place to start forming a picture of how this year's contenders measure up using the naked eye rather than stopwatches and timing screens.

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