Hamilton quickest as Red Bull stop early on day three

2014 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014Lewis Hamilton headed the times on the third day of testing in Bahrain as Mercedes-engined cars filled the top three places.

The 2008 world champion took seven tenths of a second out of the quickest time of the test so far, posting a 1’34.263 in his W05. Fellow champion Jenson Button was second for McLaren ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams.

Button was the busiest driver on the track, completing over 100 laps. The two Williams drivers shared the FW37 as the team performed live pit stop practice, leading to Valtteri Bottas covering 55 laps without setting a time.

But Red Bull’s running came to an early end after 28 laps when they discovered a mechanical problem with the RB10 at lunchtime. “Because of its nature it means we have to take the car apart,” explained race engineering co-ordinator Andy Damerum.

“As everyone in the pit lane is finding out this is a long process, so we decided to suspend running in the afternoon so that we can be ready for the final day.”

It was another frustrating day for Marussia, who have completed the fewest laps of all the teams in testing so far apart from Lotus. Max Chilton came to a stop soon after leaving the pits early in the day, causing the first of three red flags.

The other two were caused by Pastor Maldonado, whose Lotus broke down twice on his first full day in the car.

Among the other teams to suffer problems were Ferrari – Kimi Raikkonen’s car experiencing a telemetry problem – and Force India, who had battery trouble on their VJM07.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 1’34.263 67
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’34.976 103 0.713
3 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’37.066 60 2.803
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’37.180 96 2.917
5 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’37.367 57 3.104
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14 T 1’37.467 44 3.204
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’38.974 57 4.711
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault E22 1’39.642 26 5.379
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’40.781 28 6.518
10 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault CT05 1’42.130 98 7.867
11 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’46.672 4 12.409
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes FW36 No time 55

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65 comments on Hamilton quickest as Red Bull stop early on day three

  1. OneBHK (@onebhk) said on 21st February 2014, 18:37

    As I said today during the test session, yellow & red flag sessions during the sessions are going to be long, due to the danger of ERS. In Bahrain, the marshalls are not allowed to touch the car when it stops on track. This image of Max Chilton (it literally made me ROFL) would explain the dangers…

  2. Steven Smith said on 21st February 2014, 19:07

    What a boring day Bottas must have had to get 55 laps on the board but not a single timed lap.

  3. Wow…its shaping up to be quite a season.
    Would be fantastic to see the big four really fighting for every win. Add to that some good results from Force India, Williams and Lotus and i’ll consider myself properly entertained ;-)
    The shift away from pure aero towards more classic mechanical engineering is a good thing.

    I just hope the FIA drop the double points nonsense. Yes, Bernie can make his friends in Abu Dhabi happy but the long term damage of alienating fans clearly outweighs that. + It’s just wrong from a sporting point of view.
    While we’re at it:
    Loose the DRS, up the Fuel limit a bit and get rid of the flow limit. Let the teams decide how to use fuel and give us some fireworks in Qualifying. (By the way, (i know this might be a stupid question) do they have air-intake restrictors?)
    Just do all you can to make overtaking less of a risk. “Should I race XYZ…?” isn’t a question anybody likes to hear.

    Well i hope Mercedes do well this year (not too well though) and give Seb a run for his money. Can’t wait!!

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