Jenson Button’s McLaren topped the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, as the Mercedes-engined teams demonstrated an early advantage in 2014.
Morning times: Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Jenson Button McLaren 1m36.094s 16 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m37.762s +1.668s 17 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.272s +2.178s 15 4. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m39.008s +2.914s 13 5. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.798s +5.704s 33 6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes No time - 5 7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time - 5 Afternoon times: Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Jenson Button McLaren 1m24.165s 43 2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.812s +0.647s 47 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.344s +1.179s 35 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.588s +1.423s 97 5. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m28.376s +4.211s 37 6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.270s +9.105s 53 7. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m37.975s +13.810s 11 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.320s +14.155s 8
Because of the wet start to the day, the morning programme began with the testing requested by Pirelli, relating to development of their wet weather tyres. The Scuderia was quickly able to assess the intermediate tyres, thus making the most of the time remaining and the progressively drying track to begin work on the car in preparation for the afternoon’s programme.
By the end of the day, Raikkonen had managed to complete a total of 47 laps, the fastest in a time of 1.24.812. He continued the task of checking the car’s functionality as well as trying a few set-up changes.
“Every time we go out on track we learn something new” – said Kimi. “This week the times don’t matter and the only thing that does is to do a good number of laps without any problems and fortunately, we have managed that on both days. The team is working hard and at the next test in Bahrain, we will continue to improve.”
Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, when Fernando Alonso will make his season debut on track.
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“I am reasonably happy with what we have seen so far,” said Allison. “I don’t think there are any killers we have uncovered.
“The fault list is not a short one, it never is with a new car, but we are able to keep going out of the garage and doing the laps.
“Our relative lack of laps compared with the V8 era is not about the fundamental reliability of the package, it is about us making sure we don’t make mistakes.”
Allison said the lack of running throughout the field compared to 12 months ago was evidence not of poor reliability but simply the complication of the new rules.
“The point of these first two days is to get running, get the car programmed with the gazillion of numbers that you need to make it do its thing, and to make sure that the really basic building blocks of the car are correct,” he said.
“That includes stuff that is straightforward but completely fundamental to this car like doing all the things for cooling properly.
“There are a lot of different fluids in the car and they all have to be cooled, and that is really extremely important to allow us a foundation for the next two days of testing and the next two days before the season starts.”
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