Maldonado on top as Spanish test ends

2014 F1 season

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014The second in-season test of the year concluded at the Circuit de Catalunya today with Pastor Maldonado setting the fastest time for Lotus.

Drier conditions saw quicker lap times and busier programmes for most teams than yesterday, three of which completed more than 100 laps of the Spanish circuit.

The busiest driver was McLaren tester Stoffel Vandoorne, who amassed over 600 kilometres of running, more than twice what he needed to earn his Formula One superlicence. Vandoorne also performed tyre testing for Pirelli, as did Force India’s Daniel Juncadella, who off and damaged the front of his car early on in the day.

However Caterham’s plan to run Robin Fijns in today’s test had to be abandoned as repair work on the chassis Kamui Kobayashi crashed yesterday could not be completed on time.

Susie Wolff had her first run in a test session this year for Williams and had a harmless spin on her way to the fifth-fastest time.

Meanwhile Mercedes evaluated a new design of exhaust designed to amplify the sound created by the new V6 turbo engines in a bid to counter criticised of the quieter sound they produce.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault E22 1’24.871 102
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1’25.805 102 0.934
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14 T 1’26.480 94 1.609
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’26.972 85 2.101
5 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’27.280 55 2.409
6 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’27.718 55 2.847
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’27.973 73 3.102
8 Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’28.278 91 3.407
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’28.441 136 3.570
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’28.910 21 4.039

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48 comments on Maldonado on top as Spanish test ends

  1. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 14th May 2014, 17:49

    Maldonado and Chilton confirmed to save us from Mercedes domination.

  2. Burkenheim (@burkenheim) said on 14th May 2014, 17:50

    So I take it that Maldonado was the only driver who ran on super softs

    • Imre (@f1mre) said on 14th May 2014, 21:14

      And maybe Susie Wolff.

      • Mike (@mike) said on 15th May 2014, 4:59

        How do you figure that?

        • Because she’s a woman, obviously.

          For the record, her time was set on mediums – which would have placed her p8, ahead of Massa. Granted – you have to consider that this was a test but I figure that Williams was going as fast as it could on this track for qualifying. You have to respect that time for what it is, Susie Wolff flexed some proper muscle at this test.

          • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 15th May 2014, 11:37

            @jorsh Indeed, not bad to be only a quarter of a second off a WDC runner-up. Williams will know more about track grip levels to compare the days..

            I am genuinely wondering now if Simona will beat Gutierrez and Van der Garde on pure pace once up to speed! But in the early season Sauber, it’s likely whoever was lightest would be fastest… not that a big weight handicap stopped Sutil matching or beating Esteban.

  3. Chad (@chaddy) said on 14th May 2014, 17:50

    On top of…. some kind of barrier?

  4. Amine said on 14th May 2014, 17:51

    Those laptimes are far better than anything set during the last weekend! Fastest lap set by Vettel during the race was near 1:28. Maldonado (surprise!) set 1:24!

    Is it a different layout? Am I missing something?

  5. Bradley Downton (@bradley13) said on 14th May 2014, 17:54

    First he get’s overtaken by a Caterham, now Vettel’s behind a Marussia in a test session…

    I’m sure he’s starting to get a tad fed up ;)

  6. Dmitry (@albedo) said on 14th May 2014, 17:59

    I find it very funny that videos on youtube with mercedes leaving pits with this exhaust were deleted. FIA guys don’t want us to understand that “megaphone” doesn’t improve the sound at all? The sound is the same. Really. Maybe a bit louder, but you don’t notice it until you hear a car with usual exhaust.

  7. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 14th May 2014, 18:06

    Christmas continues…

  8. MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 14th May 2014, 18:14

    Does anyone know what lap and what tire Bianchi set that time on?

  9. Diceman (@diceman) said on 14th May 2014, 18:20

    So it’s Maldonado vs Chilton for the title then.

  10. Anders said on 14th May 2014, 19:07

    It seems to me that Marussia has really taken a big step forward this season, they are now probably in the position to take the fight with Sauber. And do take in to account that they have the smallest budget in F1, They are definitely miles ahead of Caterham, which I personally think and hope would disappear next season.

    • Jack (@jmc200) said on 14th May 2014, 21:55

      You want a team to “disappear”? Over 300 people are employed by Caterham, and their mortgages depend on that team existing. Plus it would reduce the grid to 20 cars, which would only add fire to the ridiculous 3 car plan.

      • Jack (@jmc200) said on 14th May 2014, 21:56

        *Fuel to the fire…

      • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 15th May 2014, 11:44

        Indeed, if anything a more equitable distribution of funds (think Premier League, rather than La Liga) would allow more people to be employed and Marussia/Caterham to be firmly on the back of the Sauber.. there could be hundreds more people employed in these lower grid teams, and at least 150 to put Caterham/Marussia on the tail of the midfield.

  11. Fixy (@fixy) said on 14th May 2014, 19:13

    See Susie isn’t that bad? She may even have had a qualifying-spec car, best tyres and low fuel, but 2.4s slower than Maldonado under any circumstance as a rookie is not a bad result.

    • Jonathan Chalk (@jonchalk) said on 14th May 2014, 19:30


      I was going to say something similar – well done whatever the spec!

    • GB (@bgp001ruled) said on 15th May 2014, 4:31

      why would a driver get a qualy-spec car in a test? i mean: it would make much more sense to test the car in race conditions, right? and given that susie has never driven a current car, have her drive a qualy set-up makes even less sense!
      respect: i think she did a great job. obviously i am paying more attention to her since she is a woman, but made a really good job. hope to see de silvestro doing tests soon…

  12. sato113 (@sato113) said on 14th May 2014, 19:14

    hang on, wasn’t tuesday completely wet? yet hamilton seems to have done dry running?

  13. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 14th May 2014, 20:36


  14. Roland said on 14th May 2014, 21:12

    Why does Williams waste test time with Suzy Wolff?

    Oh right, her husband still owns $55 million worth of the team. How on earth he isn’t facing a conflict of interests bewilders me.

    • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 15th May 2014, 8:19

      I thought he sold up his shares in Williams a while ago? I could be wrong…

    • Dan Brown (@danbrown180) said on 15th May 2014, 10:38

      Pretty sure Susie was involved with Williams before Toto

    • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 15th May 2014, 11:56

      The exact same thing could be said with the other test drivers.. but Susie I can see having setup feedback skills/car development skills etc. from her long time in motorsport at the highest level e.g. Karting world championships.

      The exact same thing is why Davidson is still employed by Mercedes to develop their car in-sim, same for Rossiter at Force India etc… these guys would also be thought of as ‘past it’, yet the young drivers are being groomed to race, while testers (think de la Rosa, Paffett etc.) are very valuable for their own role as well. De Silvestro is being groomed to race, Susie for testing.. Nasr is the one who will replace Massa at Williams, to keep the Brazilian sponsorships going once Massa retires.

    • kpcart said on 15th May 2014, 12:29

      get over yourself, let her have a go, even if money is involved, how new is that in f1??????? people still make a deal out of it BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN and that is sexism.

  15. Irejag (@irejag) said on 15th May 2014, 2:58

    SUSIE!!!!! I have a massive crush on that woman lol

    • Irejag (@irejag) said on 15th May 2014, 3:00

      To clarify, because I know some people may not like that comment. I admit I have a crush on her, but at the same time if you follow her on twitter and Facebook, you can see that she is a very determined and smart person who is willing to be patient and willing to learn. I find her very inspirational.

  16. Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 15th May 2014, 8:20

    So it’s official, Chilton and Maldonado are the two best drivers in formula 1.

  17. CarlD said on 15th May 2014, 21:48

    Would it be possible to state on what tires the (best) times have been obtained?

    This would certainly put the times in proper perspective

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