Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2014

Magnussen leads day two in Bahrain as lap times fall

2014 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2014A Mercedes-powered car headed the lap times for the fifth consecutive test day in a row at the end of today’s running in Bahrain.

Kevin Magnussen lapped almost two seconds faster than Nico Hulkenberg’s best time from yesterday, well inside last year’s fast race lap and 2.6 seconds off last year’s pole position time.

Hulkenberg was second-quickest ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who backed off after setting quick sector times on more than one occasion during the test.

Having completed very little running on day one of the test Williams were back up and running today, Valtteri Bottas racking up the most laps with 116.

There was some encouragement for the Renault-powered teams who had a slightly more productive day. As the teams reach the half-way point in pre-season testing Renault have been on the back foot in terms of mileage but today Red Bull and Toro Rosso both manaed over 50 laps each.

Jean-Eric Vergne caused one of the day’s red flags in his Toro Rosso while Nico Rosberg stopped twice in his Mercedes. Esteban Gutierrez was responsible for the fourth and final red flag of the day.

The new Lotus E22 was only seen on track for 18 laps during its second day of public running. Marussia also continued to suffer teething problems with their car – 17 laps for Max Chilton mean they have only done 20 over the first two days of this test.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’34.910 46
2 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’36.445 59 1.535
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F14 T 1’36.516 97 1.606
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1’36.965 85 2.055
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’37.328 116 2.418
6 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault CT05 1’39.855 66 4.945
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’40.340 59 5.430
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’40.609 58 5.699
9 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’40.717 55 5.807
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E22 1’41.670 18 6.760
11 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’42.511 17 7.601

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