Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014

Mercedes ahead as testing ends but Ferrari not far off

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014The performance of the Mercedes factory team and their engine customers has been hard to ignore throughout testing.

Ferrari have been less eye-catching but while much attention has been focused on the three-pointed star, the prancing horse have made a solid start to the year as well.

The F14 Ts have been covered almost as much mileage as a the top Mercedes-powred cars and Fernando Alonso lapped within a second of them in the final day of testing today.

Through testing there has been a clear hierarchy dividing the three engine manufacturers – Mercedes at the top, Renault at the bottom, and Ferrari somewhere in the middle. It’s too early to say they won’t be close enough to Mercedes to give them a run for their money – especially given the rapid rate of development expected with this year’s cars.

Here’s the data from the 12 days of pre-season testing.

Mileage by engine

Engine Total laps Total distance (km)
Mercedes 3,483 17,988.996
Ferrari 1,968 10,213.92
Renault 1,649 8,775.804

Mileage by team

28th Jan 29th Jan 30th Jan 31st Jan 19th Feb 20th Feb 21st Feb 22nd Feb 27th Feb 28th Feb 1st Mar 2nd Mar
Red Bull 13.284 35.424 13.284 30.996 75.768 319.308 151.536 81.18 211.068 357.192 5.412 416.724
Mercedes 79.704 429.516 274.536 584.496 400.488 460.02 362.604 481.668 481.668 481.668 557.436 373.428
Ferrari 137.268 208.116 256.824 509.22 346.368 524.964 238.128 443.784 292.248 660.264 470.844 400.488
Lotus 0 0 0 0 43.296 97.416 140.712 319.308 167.772 167.772 178.596 173.184
McLaren 0 190.404 407.376 487.08 438.372 248.952 557.436 357.192 589.908 281.424 476.256 119.064
Force India 48.708 163.836 75.276 358.668 422.136 319.308 308.484 102.828 568.26 584.496 622.38 400.488
Sauber 30.996 234.684 150.552 305.532 443.784 297.66 519.552 37.884 481.668 573.672 5.412 957.924
Toro Rosso 66.42 0 132.84 39.852 27.06 313.896 308.484 102.828 303.072 330.132 438.372 400.488
Williams 30.996 154.98 208.116 380.808 27.06 627.792 622.38 470.844 692.736 557.436 535.788 584.496
Marussia 0 0 22.14 110.7 16.236 92.004 21.648 27.06 238.128 405.9 422.136 330.132
Caterham 4.428 48.708 44.28 239.112 368.016 357.192 530.376 113.652 102.828 297.66 633.204 573.672

The chart above shows how much mileage each team covered on each day. Here are their totals for the whole of testing:

Team Model Total laps Total distance (km)
Mercedes W05 974 4,967.23
Williams FW36 936 4,893.43
Ferrari F14 T 875 4,488.52
McLaren MP4-29 812 4,153.46
Sauber C33 776 4,039.32
Force India VJM07 761 3,974.87
Caterham CT05 626 3,313.13
Toro Rosso STR9 465 2,463.44
Red Bull RB10 320 1,711.18
Marussia MR03 317 1,686.08
Lotus E22 238 1,288.06

Best lap times by team


Combined times for eight days.

Team Driver Time Gap
1 Williams Felipe Massa 1’33.258
2 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 1’33.278 0.020
3 Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1’34.280 1.022
4 McLaren Kevin Magnussen 1’34.910 1.652
5 Force India Sergio Perez 1’35.290 2.032
6 Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne 1’35.701 2.443
7 Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo 1’35.743 2.485
8 Sauber Adrian Sutil 1’36.467 3.209
9 Marussia Max Chilton 1’36.835 3.577
10 Caterham Marcus Ericsson 1’38.083 4.825
11 Lotus Pastor Maldonado 1’38.707 5.449


Combined times for four days.

Team Driver Time Gap
1 McLaren Kevin Magnussen 1’23.276
2 Williams Felipe Massa 1’23.700 0.424
3 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 1’23.952 0.676
4 Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen 1’24.812 1.536
5 Force India Nico Hulkenberg 1’26.096 2.820
6 Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne 1’29.915 6.639
7 Sauber Adrian Sutil 1’30.161 6.885
8 Marussia Jules Bianchi 1’32.222 8.946
9 Caterham Marcus Ericsson 1’37.975 14.699
10 Red Bull Sebastian Vettel 1’38.320 15.044

Best lap times by driver – Bahrain

Pos. Driver Team Engine Time Gap Tyre Date
1 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1’33.258 New super-soft 1st Mar
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 1’33.278 0.020 New super-soft 2nd Mar
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 1’33.283 0.025 New soft 22nd Feb
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams Mercedes 1’33.987 0.729 New soft 2nd Mar
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 1’34.280 1.022 New super-soft 2nd Mar
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1’34.910 1.652 New super-soft 20th Feb
7 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1’34.957 1.699 New soft 22nd Feb
8 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1’35.290 2.032 New soft 27th Feb
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 1’35.426 2.168 New super-soft 1st Mar
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 1’35.577 2.319 New super-soft 2nd Mar
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Renault 1’35.701 2.443 New super-soft 2nd Mar
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1’35.743 2.485 New soft 28th Feb
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 1’36.113 2.855 New super-soft 1st Mar
14 Adrian Sutil Sauber Ferrari 1’36.467 3.209 New super-soft 2nd Mar
15 Max Chilton Marussia Ferrari 1’36.835 3.577 New super soft 2nd Mar
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia Ferrari 1’37.087 3.829 New super-soft 1st Mar
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 1’37.180 3.922 New soft 21st Feb
18 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 1’37.468 4.210 Used soft 2nd Mar
19 Felipe Nasr Williams Mercedes 1’37.569 4.311 New medium 22nd Feb
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham Renault 1’38.083 4.825 New super-soft 1st Mar
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham Renault 1’38.391 5.133 New soft 2nd Mar
22 Pastor Maldonado Lotus Renault 1’38.707 5.449 New soft 22nd Feb
23 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 1’39.302 6.044 New soft 2nd Mar
24 Robin Frijns Caterham Renault 1’42.534 9.276 Used medium 19th Feb

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33 comments on “Mercedes ahead as testing ends but Ferrari not far off”

  1. Mercedes for pole, with Williams right up there and the other Mercedes teams, punctuated by Ferrari and followed by Red Bull. That’s my prediction for Australia.

    1. iAltair (@)
      2nd March 2014, 15:46

      I would say that Ferrari is behind Redbull.

      1. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
        2nd March 2014, 15:52

        And you draw your conclusion based on?

          1. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
            2nd March 2014, 16:09


          2. iAltair (@)
            2nd March 2014, 16:12

            Is it me or the times are 1:2x:xxx?

          3. LotsOfControl (@for-unlawful-carnal-knowledge)
            2nd March 2014, 16:14

            Those are 2013 tests

  2. Ferrari definitely getting there. Could be a while yet though.

  3. Vergne highest placed Renault-engine driver.
    Toro Rosso to beat RB for the first few races?

    1. mostly likely yes, but not because they have a faster car, but because Redbull have failed to get their faster car to run reliably. Redbull may not finish the first 5 races…. who knows, they could do a Ferrari from 1991, where Nigel Mansell won the first race when everyone expected the car to only last half the race.

      1. 1989 sorry

    2. On pure performance, I don’t think so. Ricciardo’s time was on day 2 and back then they weren’t focusing on performance too much, I think they can do better.
      Vettel probably didn’t even try a quali sim.

      That said, if Red Bull’s reliability doesn’t improve, Toro Rosso could very well beat them.

      1. Reminds me of another turbocharged Renault-powered “glass cannon” – the RS01.

  4. Corrado (@)
    2nd March 2014, 15:55

    Really great to see Ferrari up there. I know it’s just testing, but +3 seconds after so many testing days was a little worrying.

    Could this be a great year for Williams and Massa with all these new regulations, like 2009 was for BrawnGP and Button ?!?

    1. I hope so!

  5. I have no idea where Ferrari stand. Not a bottom-half team by any means, but where are they in relation to the projected front-runners? Are they better than Williams, McLaren, or Force India? I wouldn’t put them ahead of Mercedes.

    I also have no idea where to place the Renault teams. Toro Rosso and Red Bull have pace, but almost zero reliability. Caterham have reliability, but not the pace. Lotus are a mess, and that’s a real shame considering how well the team has done in recent years and how highly I rate both drivers.

    1. bobby ferrazza
      2nd March 2014, 16:46

      It almost seems that Ferrari might be where they left off last year: Third or fourth fastest on single lap pace but faster on race pace. I read something about their planned updates before Australia but the article was confusing as to whether those parts came here already, or will only get bolted on before Australia.

  6. for Ferrari it could be a similar to past few years, slow in qualifying, fast in race. for Mercedes it could be the same also, fast in qualifying and slow in race.

  7. looking at qualifying lap time from Bahrain last year, Williams has made up the most lap time speed. Mercedes are slower then their qualifying time of last year by 1 second, while Williams are 1 second faster then their qualifying time. interpret that how you want to. I found it fascinating though. I haven’t even looked at red bulls times though because I know they have had reliability problems and can and will go much faster.

  8. Sad to see that the only day Red Bull did more laps than either Mercedes or Ferrari was the final day…

  9. cool to see Marussias splitting up Saubers, although, it’s likely an indication of Sauber’s weakness rather than Marussia’s strength. still…

  10. I thought Sky reported a confirmation by Mercedes that Lewis did that time on super-softs… But then again, it makes sense he used softs, because otherwise there would be an inexplicably big gap between him and Rosberg.

    1. @atticus-2, from the Autosport comments I interpreted that at the end he went out on super-softs, set a best S1, but then aborted that lap and did a 33.8 on the next lap. 33.2 on used softs is impressive though (I don’t know how used though – one aborted flying lap?).

    2. @atticus-2 @adrianmorse @wsrgo The data here is from Pirelli.

      Looks like Sky have changed their mind:

      1. !keithcolantine, Mercedes themselves say otherwise..

    3. @atticus-2 @adrianmorse @wsrgo Given the conflicting reports I asked Pirelli to check. They said the original information was incorrect and they now agree Hamilton’s time was done on super-softs so the table above has been updated accordingly.

      1. @keithcollantine Ah okay, thanks…

  11. Not sure where this is from but Sky said that Hamilton’s best time was on super softs.

  12. It’s getting silly now, Hamilton said on sky that he used two sets of supersofts.

    He also said that his first run on them was pretty poor, he did a 1.41 after setting a purple first sector

    He also stated that his second run was terrible but yet it was much quicker than his first run with a 1.33.8.

    This leads me to believe that the first run which he said was pretty poor was actually his fastest time of 1.33.2 and his terrible second run was the 1.41.

    1. If you’re not a Mercedes fan, you better be worried…check this out.. Ham knocked those 1m33.278s on used softs… look at the end part of the page. A lil’ tickle to other teams specially Williams from Merc. Yeah?!

  13. It is fantastic to have all the information in that last table all together. I know alot of followers of this website manage to watch several sites at once – Autosport live, AMuS, F1 Net etc., so already had that data but I had not read the tyre compounds each driver was using on their fastest lap. Thanks @keithcollantine.
    Not looking good for Lotus. Red Bull have masses of resources to throw at their problems but it does not seem like Lotus do.

  14. @KnottyBwoy

    Hate to let you down but Pirelli made a mistake, Mercedes have confirmed on Twitter that Hamilton used the Supersofts on his fastest time of the day.

    @MercedesAMGF1: @tgruener @andrewbensonf1 Hi all.. just to confirm, it was the supersoft tyre that Lewis used to set the fastest time yesterday

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