END OF PRE-SEASON TESTING
Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the times while Red Bull’s struggles continued during the final pre-season Formula 1 test of 2014 in Bahrain.
Fernando Alonso was at the wheel of the F14 T for the final day of winter testing for Scuderia Ferrari and the other ten Formula 1 teams.
In the morning, the team worked with Fernando on fine tuning some electronic configurations linked to optimising the use of energy in the new power unit. Before the lunch break, work was halted by the need to change the gearbox on the car.
In the afternoon, the technical programme moved on to a series of short and long runs to check the management of systems on the F14 T.
Over the past four days in Sakhir, the F14 T has completed a total of 337 laps, equivalent to 1.823 kilometres.
Kimi will have a few days rest before resuming season preparations in Maranello with further simulator work.
The next time the cars will be on track will be on Friday 14 March in Melbourne’s Albert Park, when the curtain goes up on the first free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.
TEST IN NUMBERS
Top times from complete Bahrain tests 1. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1m 33.258s, 202 laps 2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 33.278s, 159 laps 3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 33.484s, 192 laps 4. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 33.987s, 236 laps 5. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 34.280s, 196 laps 6. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 35.290s, 213 laps 7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 35.426s, 141 laps 8. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1m 35.577s, 189 laps 9. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1m 35.701s, 135 laps 10. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 35.743s, 105 laps 11. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m 35.894s, 197 laps 12. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1m 36.113s, 137 laps 13. Adrian Sutil, Sauber, 1m 36.467s, 181 laps 14. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1m 36.835s, 105 laps 15. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1m 36.901s, 74 laps 16. Jules Bianchi, Marussia, 1m 37.087s, 153 laps 17. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1m 37.303s, 192 laps 18. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1m 37.468s, 77 laps 19. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, 1m 38.083s, 172 laps 20. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, 1m 38.391s, 125 laps 21. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1m 39.302s, 65 laps 22. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1m 40.599s, 62 laps Total laps in second Bahrain test - by team (power unit, where different): 1. Williams (Mercedes), 438 2. Force India (Mercedes), 402 3. Sauber (Ferrari), 373 4. Mercedes, 351 5. Ferrari, 337 6. Caterham (Renault), 297 7. Toro Rosso (Renault), 272 8. McLaren (Mercedes), 271 9. Marussia (Ferrari), 258 10. Red Bull (Renault), 182 11. Lotus (Renault), 127
Domenicali: “At the end of this session we have done around 4000km, Mercedes close to 5000, Williams more or less close to that number, that mans at the end of the day they prepare better for the start of the season,” he said.
“It’s a fact, so we have to start from this consideration, knowing that there is a huge amount of work to be done.
“Williams and Mercedes seem to be in very good shape, but that’s what we have seen so far. I think we have a good base and we need to develop it.
“There is a lot of potential that needs to be discovered, that is the objective our engineers have to fix as soon as possible because the points we will score at the beginning of the season will be very heavy.”
Australia: Medium & Soft Malaysia: Hard & Medium Bahrain: medium & Soft China: Medium & Soft