2nd Bahrain Test – Day Four Times

Bahrain

1. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1.33.278 (70 laps)
2. Bottas, Williams, 1.33.987 (108 laps)
3. Alonso, Ferrari, 1.34.280 (74 laps)
4. Hulkenberg, Force India, 1.35.577 (74 laps)
5. Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1.35.701 (74 laps)
6. Sutil, Sauber, 1.36.467 (91 laps)
7. Chilton, Marussia, 1.36.835 (61 laps)
8. Gutierrez, Sauber, 1.37.303 (86 laps)
9. Vettel, Red Bull, 1.37.468 (77 laps)
10. Button, McLaren, 1.38.111 (22 laps)
11. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1.38.391 (106 laps)
12. Grosjean, Lotus, 1.39.302 (32 laps)

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2nd Bahrain Test – Day Three Times

1. Massa, Williams – 1.33.258 (99 laps)
2. Rosberg, Mercedes – 1.33.484 (103 laps)
3. Raikkonen, Ferrari – 1.35.426 (87 laps)
4. Magnussen, McLaren – 1.35.894 (88 laps)
5. Kvyat, Toro Rosso – 1.36.113 (81 laps)
6. Hulkenberg, Force India – 1.36.205 (115 laps)
7. Bianchi, Marussia – 1.37.087 (78 laps)
8. Ericsson, Caterham – 1.38.083 (117 laps)
9. Grosjean, Lotus – 1.42.166 (33 laps)
10. Sutil, Sauber – No time (1 lap)
11. Vettel, Red Bull – No time (0 laps)

2nd Bahrain Test – Day Two Times

1. Perez, Force India, 1.35.570 (108 laps)
2. Alonso, Ferrari, 1.35.634 (122 laps)
3. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1.35.743 (66 laps)
4. Massa, Williams, 1.36.507 (103 laps)
5. Button, McLaren, 1.36.901 (52 laps)
6. Bianchi, Marussia, 1.38.092 (75 laps)
7. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1.39.041 (89 laps)
8. Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1.39.636 (61 laps)
9. Gutierrez, Sauber, 1.39.976 (106 laps)
10. Maldonado, Lotus, 1.41.613 (31 laps)
11. Ericsson, Caterham, 1.42.516 (55 laps)

2nd Bahrain Test – Day One Times

1. Perez, Force India, 1.35.290 (105 laps)
2. Bottas, Williams, 1.36.184 (128 laps)
3. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1.36.432 (54 laps)
4. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1.36.624 (89 laps)
5. Sutil, Sauber, 1.37.700 (89 laps)
6. Magnussen, McLaren, 1.37.825 (109 laps)
7. Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1.37.908 (39 laps)
8. Chilton, Marussia, 1.38.610 (44 laps)
9. Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1.39.242 (56 laps)
10. Maldonado, Lotus, 1.40.599 (31 laps)
11. Kobayashi, Caterham, 1.42.285 (19 laps)

The Final Test – Preview

Tomorrow sees the start of the final pre-season test in Bahrain, it is the last chance for the teams to get an idea of how they will shape up for the first race in Melbourne and for some of the teams it will be about sorting out reliability issues that have hampered their running so far this year, for others it is about trying to discover any hidden problems before the season starts properly in two weeks time. It may also provide an opportunity for teams that have looked good, such as Mercedes, to run at full power and show their real pace, the majority of teams will bring upgrades to the car in the hope that it unlocks that vital extra few tenths of a second in performance.

The main focus for this test is how the Renault powered teams get on and if they continue to suffer problems as they have done all season, Renault haven’t hidden the fact that they are weeks behind schedule and it is clear that they have a job on their hands, although it would seem that for Red Bull it isn’t just a struggle with the Renault technology but infact that the RB10 is nowhere near as competitive as its predecessors, if they don’t turn it round then 2014 will be a long year for them and it could be a repeat of what happened last year with McLaren where they failed to score a podium.

Another major talking point is how quick the Mercedes can go, it was clearly the fastest car in the previous test and it won’t be a surprise if that trend continues over the next few days, especially if they decide to run at full power and bring upgrades to the car.

The Mercedes powered teams will again look to top the timesheets as they have done throughout the entire pre-season but look out for Ferrari because they appear to be the closest challengers to Mercedes and McLaren and they will hope to close the gap during this test.

Testing is only testing so it is very hard to tell what way the grid is shaping up due to different fuel loads, tyres and how hard the drivers are pushing, the only thing we can do until the first race weekend is guess.

Testing Review – Part 2

Sauber
A decent test for Sauber although they haven’t offered any real surprises and have put in a decent performance, although they will be looking certainly for more in the way of reliability in time for the start of the season with Sutil and Gutierrez not putting in many laps
Laps completed – 240
Fastest lap – Gutierrez – 1.37.180

Toro Rosso
The problems for the Renault powered teams seem to be constant and Toro Rosso are just one of the teams that have been struck by reliability woes, they will hope to put things right in the final test in Bahrain.
Laps completed – 134
Fastest lap – Kvyat – 1.38.974

Red Bull
A disastrous test again for the champions after Jerez where they could only set 21 laps, although despite Bahrain giving them more laps, they were still dogged with problems and leading team figures Christian Horner and Adrian Newey left the circuit early to return to Milton Keynes to try and put things right.
Laps completed – 116
Fastest lap – Ricciardo – 1.39.837

Lotus
Having only unveiled the E22 at Bahrain, they are a test behind and that was evident because of the lack of running from Grosjean and Maldonado, like Red Bull they are facing problems with the power train of Renault being very poor at the minute.
Laps completed – 111
Fastest lap – Maldonado – 1.38.707

Caterham
Quite surprisingly the most reliable Renault powered team with more laps than any other team using the French engines. Also Marcus Ericsson was able to put in enough mileage with 98 laps on day 3 to gain his superlicense enabling him to drive this year.
Laps completed – 253
Fastest lap – Kobayashi – 1.39.855

Marussia
Propping up the back of the grid as it stands this year, both quite low and unreliable with only a handful of laps throughout the test, will be looking for big improvements before the season starts.
Laps completed – 29
Fastest lap – Chilton – 1.42.511

Testing Review – Part 1

Mercedes
A great test for Mercedes in Bahrain, they were both very quick and reasonably reliable throughout the four days finishing in and around the front for the first half of the test and then with the fastest laps of the final two days with Lewis Hamilton on Friday and with Nico Rosberg today, things are looking very good for them and so far they are the team that the rest of the field will be trying to beat come Melbourne.
Key stats
Hamilton fastest lap – 1.34.263 (Day 3)
Rosberg fastest lap – 1.33.283 (Day 4)
Laps completed – 315

McLaren
Compared to this time last year, McLaren are in a far better situation and look as if they are the closest challengers to Mercedes and have been there or thereabouts throughout the test in terms of lap times, also as Jenson Button showed on Day 3, they are looking very good for reliability as he set 103 laps. Magnussen has quickly adapted to F1 and topped the times on Day 2.
Key stats
Button fastest lap – 1.34.957 (Day 4)
Magnussen fastest lap – 1.34.910 (Day 2)
Laps completed – 296

Ferrari
Ferrari are making steady progress and are the only team not using Mercedes engines to be in and around the top end, although it is clear they haven’t got the speed at the moment to beat the Mercedes and McLaren, they no doubt will improve throughout the season and will be challenging for wins at some point, they may need to get on top of reliability problems first though.
Key stats
Alonso fastest lap – 1.36.516 (Day 2)
Raikkonen fastest lap – 1.36.718 (Day 4)
Laps completed – 287

Force India
Another team with the Mercedes power that are looking good this season with their new pairing of Hulkenberg and Perez, Hulkenberg went quickest on Day 1 and since then have remained somewhat close to the top, as things are they could be looking at their best season so far although they may be slightly disappointed with the number of laps they set over the course of the test.
Key stats
Hulkenberg fastest lap – 1.36.455 (Day 2)
Perez fastest lap – 1.37.367 (Day 3)
Laps completed – 213

Williams
Williams will be very pleased with their switch from Renault to Mercedes engines and from what we have seen in testing, they are on course for a good season and certainly a far better one than in recent years, They will be aiming for a decent haul of points this year.
Key stats
Massa fastest lap – 1.37.066 (Day 3)
Bottas fastest lap – 1.37.328 (Day 2)
Nasr fastest lap – 1.37.569 (Day 4)
Laps completed – 323