Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014

Mercedes pass Bahrain test with flying colours

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014The heat of Bahrain was expected to prove more of a challenge for the teams as they adjust to their new 2014 cars and engines.

But it didn’t put the four Mercedes-powered teams off their stride. Together they have now covered over 10,000 kilometres in testing – more than their seven rival teams combined.

And the early indications are they’ve been able to translate that extra running into extracting more performance from their cars. The top five quickest drivers in this weeks test at Bahrain were all using Mercedes power.

Although the Ferrari team has covered a decent amount of mileage, their smaller engine customer team line-up has contributed much less to their total. Marussia have covered less than a full grand prix distance in six days of running after a series of problems.

And while Renault appeared to be making incremental progress earlier in the test, the final day was a disappointment as their four teams averaged less than 30 laps each.

Here are the total mileages by engine manufacturer and by team, as well as the fastest times for the first Bahrain test by driver.

Engine manufacturers’ test mileages

Engine Total laps Total distance (km)
Mercedes 2022 10,082.064
Ferrari 1000 4,975.104
Renault 770 4,018.656

Teams’ test mileages

Team Model Total laps Total distance (km)
Mercedes W05 624 3,073.03
McLaren MP4-29 541 2,686.81
Ferrari F14 T 538 2,664.67
Williams FW36 498 2,522.98
Sauber C33 403 2,020.64
Force India VJM07 359 1,799.24
Caterham CT05 329 1,705.76
Toro Rosso STR9 193 991.38
Red Bull RB10 137 720.78
Lotus E22 111 600.73
Marussia MR03 59 289.79

Drivers’ lap times

Pos. Driver Team Engine Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 1’33.283
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1’34.263 0.980
3 Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1’34.910 1.627
4 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1’34.957 1.674
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 1’36.445 3.162
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 1’36.516 3.233
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 1’36.718 3.435
8 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1’37.066 3.783
9 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 1’37.180 3.897
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams Mercedes 1’37.328 4.045
11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1’37.367 4.084
12 Felipe Nasr Williams Mercedes 1’37.569 4.286
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus Renault 1’38.707 5.424
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 1’38.974 5.691
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1’39.837 6.554
16 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham Renault 1’39.855 6.572
17 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 1’40.224 6.941
18 Adrian Sutil Sauber Ferrari 1’40.443 7.160
19 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Renault 1’40.472 7.189
20 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 1’41.670 8.387
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham Renault 1’42.130 8.847
22 Max Chilton Marussia Ferrari 1’42.511 9.228
23 Robin Frijns Caterham Renault 1’42.534 9.251
Jules Bianchi Marussia Ferrari

Over to you

Four more days of testing in Bahrain remain before the first race of the 2014 season. Ferrari have already indicated they will make a push for performance at that last test.

Are Mercedes really as far ahead as they look? Do you expect Ferrari to close the gap at the final test? And just how bad will things be for Red Bull and the other renault teams in Melburne?

Have your say in the comments.

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