Felipe Massa, Williams, Silverstone, 2014

Massa fastest on first day of Silverstone test

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Williams, Silverstone, 2014Felipe Massa bounced back from his disappointing British Grand Prix weekend by leading the time on the first of two days of testing at Silverstone.

The Williams driver set a best time of 1’35.242, seven-tenths of a second off the quickest lap during the race weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo was second-fastest for Red Bull, just six-thousandths of a second off Massa’s best, followed by Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes.

Marussia covered 108 laps – more than two race distances – only for Jules Bianchi to stop on the track near the end of the test. Despite a brief fire on his car the team expect to be running again tomorrow with Max Chilton.

Bianchi will drive for Ferrari in place of Kimi Raikkonen, who is recuperating following his heavy crash on the first lap of Sunday’s grand prix.

Will Stevens finished his test for Caterham several seconds off the pace but had a productive day, covering 95 laps.

The test will conclude tomorrow, with Pirelli due to conduct running on their development 18-inch tyres with Lotus.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes FW36 1’35.242 42
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault RB10 1’35.248 72 0.006
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1’35.573 90 0.331
4 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari C33 1’35.674 74 0.432
5 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari MR03 1’36.148 108 0.906
6 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 1’36.462 71 1.220
7 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes VJM07 1’36.583 79 1.341
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 1’36.688 28 1.446
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault E22 1’37.131 97 1.889
10 Pedro de la Rosa Ferrari F14 T 1’37.988 49 2.746
11 Will Stevens Caterham-Renault CT05 1’40.627 95 5.385

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