Sergio Perez, Force India, Bahrain, 2014

Perez on top again for Force India

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, Force India, Bahrain, 2014Sergio 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.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
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:

Team Driver Time Gap
1 Mercedes Nico Rosberg 1’33.283 0.000
2 McLaren Kevin Magnussen 1’34.910 1.627
3 Force India Sergio Perez 1’35.290 2.007
4 Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’35.634 2.351
5 Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo 1’35.743 2.460
6 Williams Valtteri Bottas 1’36.184 2.901
7 Sauber Esteban Gutierrez 1’37.180 3.897
8 Marussia Jules Bianchi 1’38.092 4.809
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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88 comments on “Perez on top again for Force India”

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  1. 2 gearbox issues for Mercedes. We’ve been talking about how good their engines have been but we’ve also got that Singapore Lewis gearbox failure on our minds, why have Mercedes been the only ones at fault with their gearboxes in the last 5 years or so Red Bull has problems but they never seem to affect their championship and Ferrari miraculously never ever destroy their gearboxes. I think for 2014 there must be a real focus on monitoring the power-trains so no team or manufacturer cheats. Replacing the seals and gearboxes to Webber is over, there’s no more webber and I hope they can end this problem.

      1. Hamilton was still at Mclaren when his gearbox failed. The rest, i don’t know what you’re talking about really……

  2. Got to hand it to Ferrari.

    There is no team on the grid that is consistent enough to make the 3rd quickest car every year in a row.

    (Meanwhile, I pray that Red Bull or Force India aren’t quick enough to push Ferrari to 4th quickest on the grid)

  3. I predict redbull will do some setup work now and a few low fuel runs by vettel in next 2 days might show their pace. Hopefully they get at least one race simulation in.

  4. Carlos Furtado das Neves
    1st March 2014, 18:59

    We’ll see, we’ll see…
    Today another disaster, just like I expected, but SB is hopefull for Melbourne!
    And I believe tomorrow the problem is solved, and Vettel will run trouble free.
    This is a game of millions…

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