Felipe Massa, Williams, Bahrain, 2014

Massa on top as Vettel fails to complete a lap

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Williams, Bahrain, 2014Felipe Massa set the quickest time on the penultimate day of testing in Bahrain but the lack of running by other teams was the main talking point of the day.

Red Bull began the day hoping to be able to move on to performance testing with their RB10 but Sebastian Vettel failed to complete a single lap during the entire session.

Although he was officially credited with having done a lap, when the RB10 made its sole venture out of the pits two-and-a-half hours into the test it got no further than turn four before grinding to a halt. A subsequent attempt to get the car running again saw the reigning world champion fail to make it out of the pits.

It was another major setback for the team with the first race of the season just over two weeks away. And they weren’t the only ones still struggling with reliability problems.

Sauber also failed to get a lap time on the board during today’s test. Adrian Sutil did a single installation lap before an engine problem manifested itself.

The team initially tried to get the car back on track before the end of the session. When they realised that wasn’t possible they focused instead on getting ready for the final day of running tomorrow, when Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez will share the running in the C33.

Romain Grosjean covered 33 laps before a problem struck his Lotus, causing one of the day’s three red flags and forcing an early end to his session.

Mercedes weren’t immune from problems either as Nico Rosberg spent much of the morning in the pits while an engine was changed. But he later joined in the running and racked up over a hundred laps.

A late run on super-soft tyres saw him briefly head the time sheets with a 1’33.484. But Massa took the the track shortly afterwards and beat the mark and Rosberg’s previous best from earlier in the test with a 1’33.258.

Kimi Raikkonen put his Ferrari third with another late lap, albeit over two seconds off the pace of the Mercedes-powered cars. He also performed a race simulation during the test.

A super-soft tyre run for Marussia saw Jules Bianchi improved their quickest time of the test so far by a full second. He ended the day seventh on 1’37.087 having brought the red flags out earlier in the day when he stopped on track.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’33.258 99
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1’33.484 103 0.226
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14 T 1’35.426 87 2.168
4 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’35.894 88 2.636
5 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’36.113 81 2.855
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’36.205 115 2.947
7 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’37.087 78 3.829
8 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault CT05 1’38.083 117 4.825
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E22 1’42.166 33 8.908
10 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari C33 1
11 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB10 1

Bahrain tests combined times so far

Quickest lap time by each team:

Team Driver Time Gap
1 Williams Felipe Massa 1’33.258
2 Mercedes Nico Rosberg 1’33.283 0.025
3 McLaren Kevin Magnussen 1’34.910 1.652
4 Force India Sergio Perez 1’35.290 2.032
5 Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen 1’35.426 2.168
6 Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo 1’35.743 2.485
7 Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat 1’36.113 2.855
8 Marussia Jules Bianchi 1’37.087 3.829
9 Sauber Esteban Gutierrez 1’37.180 3.922
10 Caterham Marcus Ericsson 1’38.083 4.825
11 Lotus Pastor Maldonado 1’38.707 5.449

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