Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014

Mercedes quickest again as Ferrari end test early

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Mercedes topped both days of testing in Bahrain as Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time on the last day of the test.

The Bahrain Grand Prix winner spent the day doing tyre development work for Pirelli, as did Williams test driver Felipe Nasr.

Hamilton also completed the most laps of any driver, as team mate Nico Rosberg did yesterday. Between them the Mercedes drivers covered 241 laps in two days – well over four grand prix distances.

At the other end of the spectrum were Ferrari, whose second day came to an end after a dozen laps. The team discovered damage on the chassis Fernando Alonso was using and decided it was too serious for them to be able to continue.

Lotus also had another frustrating day, covering just 16 laps as they did yesterday.

Jean-Eric Vergne was second-fastest for Toro Rosso after “not a completely trouble-free day”. Kevin Magnussen was third-quickest for McLaren, but brought out the red flags at one point when he spon his McLaren following a component failure.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 1’34.136 120
2 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’35.557 64 1.421
3 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’36.203 26 2.067
4 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’36.586 63 2.450
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’37.310 67 3.174
6 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’37.316 93 3.180
7 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’37.623 77 3.487
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F14 T 1’37.912 12 3.776
9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault CT05 1’39.263 66 5.127
10 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’39.879 64 5.743
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault E22 1’43.732 16 9.596

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