2014 F1 season
Sergio Perez was quickest again for Force India as the Mexican driver completed his pre-season testing. However his quickest time was no faster than his best effort from yesterday, when he also headed the times at the Bahrain track.
Fernando Alonso headed the times for part of the session before Perez edged out his best effort by less than a tenth of a second.
Technical problems continued to take their toll on the cars, forcing several drivers to first their tests early.
Among them was Lewis Hamilton, who went off at turn three in his Mercedes early in the session, bringing the red flags out. A gearbox fault later ended his running prematurely.
Pastor Maldonado’s day came to an early end three hours before the session concluded when his Lotus caught fire during a run.
A similar fate befell Marcus Ericsson in the Caterham, though by then there was less than an hour of the test left to go.
Jenson Button was sidelined with a technical problem early in the test and spent five hours stuck in the garage while the McLaren team rectified the fault.
However Marussia enjoyed another improvement to their pre-season preparations. For the first time this year Jules Bianchi covered more than a race distance during a test day, managing 75 laps.
Most teams swapped drivers today with the exception of Perez, Daniel Ricciardo and Pastor Maldonado. Their next spell in the cockpit will come at the first practice session for the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
|1||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes VJM07||1’35.570||108|
|2||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F14 T||1’35.634||122||0.064|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault RB10||1’35.743||66||0.173|
|4||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes FW36||1’36.507||103||0.937|
|5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29||1’36.901||52||1.331|
|6||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Ferrari MR03||1’38.092||75||2.522|
|7||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W05||1’39.041||89||3.471|
|8||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Renault STR9||1’39.636||61||4.066|
|9||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari C33||1’39.976||106||4.406|
|10||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault E22||1’41.613||31||6.043|
|11||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault CT05||1’42.516||55||6.946|
Bahrain tests combined times so far
Quickest lap time by each team:
|3||Force India||Sergio Perez||1’35.290||2.007|
|5||Red Bull||Daniel Ricciardo||1’35.743||2.460|
|10||Toro Rosso||Daniil Kvyat||1’38.974||5.691|
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