Sergio Perez, Force India, Bahrain, 2014

Perez leads times as Red Bull struggle goes on

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, Force India, Bahrain, 2014Sergio Perez led the times as the final four-day pre-season test began in Bahrain.

The Force India driver’s best time of 1’35.290 was two seconds off the quickest lap set by Nico Rosberg last week.

A late run by Valtteri Bottas moved him up to second place at the end of a busy day in which he completed a mammoth 128 laps, more than two grand prix distances.

Ferrari had a quiet morning following the discovery of a technical problem but Kimi Raikkonen improved his time half an hour before the session finished to end the day third-quickest. His Ferrari stopped on track shortly before the chequered flag appeared.

In contrast, Red Bull made an encouraging start to the day as Daniel Ricciardo took to the track early on and improved on their best lap time from the week before. But the RB10’s teething troubles resurfaced and the car spent much of the afternoon in the garage before emerging for a brief run minutes before the end of the session.

It was a familiar story for the other Renault-powered teams, each of which was responsible for interruptions to the day’s activity. Kamui Kobayashi‘s Caterham stopped on track early in the day, then reappeared after lengthy repairs.

Pastor Maldonado caused another red flag shortly after rejoining the track following software changes on his Lotus. And Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso came to a stop at turn two, after which he did not return to the track again.

Marussia did not complete as many laps as Toro Rosso, but Max Chilton did complete the most running for the team in any day of testing so far this year.

Bahrain test two day one lap times

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’35.290 105
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’36.184 128 0.894
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14 T 1’36.432 54 1.142
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1’36.624 89 1.334
5 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’37.700 89 2.410
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’37.825 109 2.535
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’37.908 39 2.618
8 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’38.610 44 3.320
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’39.242 56 3.952
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault E22 1’40.599 31 5.309
11 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault CT05 1’42.285 19 6.995

Bahrain tests combined times so far

Quickest lap time by each team:

Team Driver Time Gap
1 Mercedes Nico Rosberg 1’33.283
2 McLaren Kevin Magnussen 1’34.910 1.627
3 Force India Sergio Perez 1’35.290 2.007
4 Williams Valtteri Bottas 1’36.184 2.901
5 Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen 1’36.432 3.149
6 Sauber Esteban Gutierrez 1’37.180 3.897
7 Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo 1’37.908 4.625
8 Marussia Max Chilton 1’38.610 5.327
9 Lotus Pastor Maldonado 1’38.707 5.424
10 Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat 1’38.974 5.691
11 Caterham Kamui Kobayashi 1’39.855 6.572

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