Rosberg quickest as Raikkonen crashes in Bahrain

2014 F1 season

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014Nico 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.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
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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89 comments on Rosberg quickest as Raikkonen crashes in Bahrain

  1. troutcor said on 22nd February 2014, 20:23

    The other day Ferrari claimed they were not yet looking for pace.
    Now Kimi goes off.
    I guess he was lighting a ciggie and his concentration lapsed!
    Enough excuses, Ferrari!

  2. Matt (@mattf1f) said on 22nd February 2014, 22:01

    After following these last tests I really don’t know how much the drivers really know about the cars and the speed. Take for example Jensons comments the other week. http://grandprix247.com/2014/02/05/button-well-be-quicker-than-gp2-but-not-that-much-quicker/ . Or maybe I have missed something.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 22nd February 2014, 23:40

      Seems to support what JV was saying. I don’t know…maybe JB is speaking to the reality once they race in anger. Maybe we haven’t really seen a fuel conserving run, nor how well the power units can handle racing in anger, heat wise. Maybe there will be the delta time running we’ve heard will occur this year akin to that which was tire related, and fuel too sometimes, last year. I know they’ve done some race simulations by now so maybe they know more now than they did in early Feb when JB was interviewed.

      • DaveD (@daved) said on 23rd February 2014, 0:50

        @mattf1f, I think you’re taking Jenson’s comments out of context. He was talking about early running during testing. If you read further and look at his comments about later in the season:

        By the end of the year we might not be that far off [the pace of 2013 cars], maybe a couple of seconds, which will be pretty good when we get a real handle on where we are.

        And I think they’re surprised already as the cars have shown they’re faster than that already…at least on a one lap basis. We’ll see how fuel conservation might affect that and how it plays vs. last year’s tyre conservation slowing things down during the race. Interesting to see.

        And @robbie, I shouldn’t have been so harsh in my comments against JV as “just a guy who used to be in F1″. He was clearly a great driver. But that doesn’t make him an expert in the technical aspects of today’s engines nor the somewhat exaggerated power claims of his era.
        Electric motors and combustion engines have very different curves for torque and the electrics clearly contribute to these things today. So my real problem is that he was being so negative without balancing it out in anything I’ve seen him say since he has popped back up in the scene. I’d expect more balance.

        I’ve seen past greats in many sports and they don’t always become great ambassadors of the sport going forward. I’m not saying he has to be blindly, cloyingly sweet when he says things, but I’d like to see some balance and some positive contributions to the discussion as well.

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 23rd February 2014, 13:54

          @daved Fair comment about JV’s negativity, but I think he was asked about the direction F1 has gone and seems to be going. I’m sure he would be full of good suggestions too as to what he would do to improve the product as he sees it but I think some of what he would say can be inferred from what he has been quoted as saying for now.

          Also, JV hasn’t just returned on the scene. He’s been doing TV commentary and has been a regular contributor to F1 Racing magazine. He also has very close friends in F1, like his race engineer from Williams Jock Clear for example, who I believe is at Mercedes still, having followed JV to BAR with Honda, then BrawnGP, then Merc. JV truly has the inside scoop when it comes to what is going on in F1.

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