Magnussen leads day two in Bahrain as lap times fall

2014 F1 season

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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89 comments on Magnussen leads day two in Bahrain as lap times fall

  1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 20th February 2014, 15:24


    I don’t think that you can tell much from tests.

  2. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 20th February 2014, 15:28

    The V8 is dead, long live the V6 turbo!

  3. Sumedh said on 20th February 2014, 16:46

    Wow, that much faster than last year! And with the higher temperatures of March/April, I guess the times will be even faster during the actual race.
    Is it likely that the fuel flow limit is not being respected as it is just testing?

    • JohnNik (@johnnik) said on 20th February 2014, 17:51

      I doubt anybody is running without the fuel flow limit system running. It’d be pretty pointless to test without it as turning it on and expecting it to work could throw up some nasty problems.

  4. I so hoped that Marussia would move to the midfield this year.
    So far it seems not to be. And their arch-rivals Caterham are out-pacing
    them and some other teams.Poor Marussia.Poor Bianchi.Poor Chilton.

    I am still hoping that they will improve their though, despite their current
    lack of pace.

    Come on Marussia! Go go go!

  5. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 20th February 2014, 22:16

    Got exited and placed a bet on Magnussen taking the WDC this year. Mclaren seem the have a great car, consistently fast, reliable engine, have had plenty of time to develop the 2014 car cause of last year, and a talented driver. I think he will easily beat Button. Besides, odds were worth betting on. Let’s see in 10 months how wrong i was :)

    • Be realistic — Button will beat Magnussen this year in points if not Qualy. Button rarely goes backwards in races and usually gets it to the chequered flag. Barring a load of bad luck that leads to lopsided technical DNF’s on his side, Button is expected to beat Magnussen. Qualy has never been his strong suit and Kevin M. has a rep of being very fast so would expect this to be much closer than the points, probably with Kevin coming out on top more often than not. But almost every rookie has had a “period of adjustment” in their first season. Maybe the slower cars of 2014 will make it a bit easier, but adapting to the new engines at the same time as learning everything else F1 (and avoiding Maldonado and Grosjean, etc) will probably be too steep a learning curve for anyone…

      • Robbie said on 21st February 2014, 14:26

        Hard to say. The argument to counter that is that KM has nothing playing on his mind in terms of expectations because he hasn’t had a full season yet. It’s all new to him so he won’t be dwelling on some things. Also, he will only know this new format so won’t have bad habits, or habits that were good but aren’t any longer, to have to concern himself with. And also, as with all rookies, he has less pressure because he can almost do no wrong. If he underperforms as a rookie that is somewhat expected, and if he does very well that is a bonus. The pressure will be on JB to be ahead of this rookie.

  6. I hope this boosts Kevin’s confidence.
    I know it’s only testing, but it must be nice for him to head the line-up!

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