Mercedes quickest again as Ferrari end test early

2014 F1 season

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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42 comments on Mercedes quickest again as Ferrari end test early

  1. erix said on 9th April 2014, 16:51

    What is the purpose to do Bahrain test after Mercedes domination in Bahrain race, better leave now and focus to other circuits.

    • Randy (@randy) said on 9th April 2014, 17:06

      [addition to @watchkyle post] And the small fact that this test was agreed upon and booked way before the season has started, and nobody even considered abandoning it based on previous race results.

      Even if, moving the test would be incredibly stupid since the teams would lose the benchmark set on the race weekend, and the ability to directly correlate the race and testing data in the same enviroment (car and the track).

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th April 2014, 6:47

      The test had nothing to do with improving race pace for Bahrain at all erix. The purpose of the test was mainly to allow teams to better understand what their cars are doing as well as fine tuning how to best use their power units and their brake by wire systems. The added advantage to testing on a track where they just raced, is that they have a good comparison and loads of data to start off from.

      • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 10th April 2014, 9:47

        Not to mention that the costs of staying on at Bahrain with staff, cars and other infrastructure already in place is considerably cheaper than setting up a bespoke test at another venue.

  2. trotter said on 9th April 2014, 17:00

    Aaaa, Ferrari. Goddamn it! Get serious, people. It’s not like there’s 30 testing days during the season. Wasted day. While Mercedes, whom they need to catch up with, has completed more laps than anyone by far, second day in a row.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 9th April 2014, 17:10

      So Ferrari should test a damaged and unsafe car?

    • evered7 (@evered7) said on 10th April 2014, 2:54

      Still baffles me as to why they would ask Alonso to use Kimi’s chassis especially when he was in rally mode during the weekend.

      With very limited testing available, they should maximise their opportunities.

      But on the other hand, if they already know all about the current car, then maybe it isn’t a really a wasted opportunity. At least they saved some fuel :)

  3. Metallion (@metallion) said on 9th April 2014, 17:10

    I read that the chassis that Alonso was using today was the one that Kimi was using during the race weekend and the damage to the chassis came from Kimi jumping over the kerb in turn 4 before it was removed.

  4. Mark in Florida said on 9th April 2014, 19:56

    The days of Ross Brawn, Jean Todt , Pat Frye etc are truly over for Ferrari. It’s very sad t see them in this kind of condition. The days of the bumbling Italians are here to stay. Stefano is apparently clueless about what to do to rectify the situation. LDM just looks disgusted all the time. They are right back to where they were before Schumacher,Brawn etc came over from Benneton to save the tiffosi pride and joy. It’s must be karma for LDM forcing Schumacher to leave early.when he was still on top of his game and probably would have won one or two more championships. Ironically the team that Schumacher went to is crushing Ferrari flat and they have no answer.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 9th April 2014, 20:12

      LDM forcing Schumacher to leave early.

      And Spa’s most famous corner is Varianti Ascari.

      • foleyger (@foleyger) said on 9th April 2014, 21:06


      • TMF (@tmf42) said on 10th April 2014, 7:56

        @raceprouk there is no definite proof but there are quite a few hints that they forced him out.
        Also Ferrari’s tactics with forcing Kimi out to sign Alonso wasn’t really helping to mute suspicions. And that MSC was so eager to return in 09 resp. then in 10 for Mercedes suggested that it was either not his decision or a bad one to leave F1. We’ll never know so either way it’s just speculation.

        • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 10th April 2014, 9:51

          @tmf42, @raceprouk

          I didn’t even realise that there was speculation on this matter any more, wasn’t it pretty much accepted as a fact that LDM wanted Shumacher out to make way for Kimi? It certainly didn’t appear like Schumacher wanted to leave and he was said to have had discussions with other teams about staying in F1 for 2007.

          • TMF (@tmf42) said on 10th April 2014, 9:55

            @jerseyf1 there are many who think so but you can’t say something is fact if there is no way to proof it – but in my mind that’s what happened when Kimi was signed.

    • Palle (@palle) said on 9th April 2014, 22:15

      But very fittingly their fans have named it: FIAT
      Still makes me laugh, especially when I read that some of their misery comes from actually supplying their drivers with FIAT level quality checked machinery.
      The risk is this season may go down in Ferrari history as the season with the best drivers and the worst results, poor tifosi. But somehow I don’t feel pity for LDM.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 9th April 2014, 22:47

      Pat Fry is at Ferrari now. Perhaps you meant Rory Byrne?

      • Mark in Florida said on 10th April 2014, 2:27

        Exactly,thanks for the correction. The point is that Ferrari had a real international team of people. Now the flavor is more nationalistic and LDM is damned and determined to run things his way. Ross I don’t think allowed that kind of interference hence the levels of success that they enjoyed.

  5. DaveW (@dmw) said on 9th April 2014, 21:54

    2X as many laps as the rest and 1.4s up. Everyone else better pray for biblical downpours at the remaining races with the race stopping at half-distance.

  6. Fran (@coloo33) said on 9th April 2014, 22:32

    So.. Kimi used the damaged chassis all weekend without notice from Ferrari…

  7. nidzovski said on 9th April 2014, 22:39

    With this kind of tempo Mercedes may going to dominate for a long time. I’m not refering for this season only. It’s scary how much potential that car has and racking laps like that?! It will be even more frustrating for the others after this test knowing what kind of monster they are fighting against.

  8. sato113 (@sato113) said on 9th April 2014, 23:40

    whats the deal with engine allocation in these tests? they are not part of the season’s allocation right?

  9. Todfod (@todfod) said on 10th April 2014, 11:38

    Feel bad for Alonso. He might end his career at such a rubbish team…

  10. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 10th April 2014, 14:24

    If this continues for Ferrari, I am guessing by mid season you will see a LDM vs Alonso part 2 (first one being last year).
    And Alonso finally leaving at the end fo the year, he will not stay with the team if they don’t have a competitive car.
    Remember Ferrari/Alonso will not except anything but 1st, so expect fireworks at Ferrari if this doesn’t get better soon.

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