Nico Rosberg underlined Mercedes’ growing status as pre-season favourites by putting the W05 on top of the times sheets for the second day in a row on the final day of the second test in Bahrain.
Rosberg’s lap of 1’33.283, set just over two hours into the session, was the quickest time of the day to the tune of well over a second and a half. Second-placed Jenson Button had a similar margin over Kimi Raikkonen’s third-placed Ferrari.
The Mercedes driver was also responsible for two of the seven red flags which interrupted running during the day. The first occurred when he stalled the car during a practice start. Nonetheless he still managed to cover more laps than any other driver.
Williams’ newly-signed test and reserve driver Felipe Nasr had his first day at the wheel of the FW36 and set the fourth-quickest time of the day.
Reliability remained a theme as the second test came to an end. Daniel Ricciardo made a few appearances on-track for Red Bull before the troublesome RB10 returned to the garage for a lengthy stay. Sister team also Toro Rosso also suffered another unproductive day.
Caterham chose to give Marcus Ericsson some additional running but no sooner had he set his first lap time of the day did his CT05 stop due to an electrical problem. After a lengthy delay to their programme it was time for Ericsson to hand the car back to team mate Kamui Kobayashi.
The second test came to a low-key end as Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil both stopped on track during the final half-hour, causing the final two red flags of the day. While the Sauber driver, who failed to set a time all day, broke down on track, Raikkonen lost control of his Ferrari at the exit of turn four, making contact with the barriers on the inside of the corner.
This was a particular disappointment for Marussia, who had sent Jules Bianchi onto the track after a “massive effort by the team” to fit new parts to the MR03 following a string of reliability problems during the week.
|1||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes W05||1’33.283||89|
|2||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29||1’34.957||66||1.674|
|3||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari F14 T||1’36.718||82||3.435|
|4||Felipe Nasr||Williams-Mercedes FW36||1’37.569||87||4.286|
|5||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault E22||1’38.707||59||5.424|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes VJM07||1’39.258||19||5.975|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault RB10||1’39.837||15||6.554|
|8||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault STR9||1’40.472||19||7.189|
|9||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham-Renault CT05||1’43.027||17||9.744|
|10||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault CT05||1’45.094||4||11.811|
|11||Adrian Sutil||Sauber-Ferrari C33||7|
|12||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Ferrari MR03||5|
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