Bahrain (1) Day 2 in a Nutshell
- Kevin Magnussen – McLaren – 1:34.910
- Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:36.445
- Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:36.516
- Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:36.965
- Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:37.328
- Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham – 1:38.855
- Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 1:40.340
- Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso – 1:40.609
- Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber – 1:40.717
- Romain Grosjean – Lotus – 1:41.670
- Max Chilton – Marussia – 1:43.511
- Valtteri Bottas – 116
- Fernando Alonso – 97
- Nico Rosberg – 85
- Kamui Kobayashi – 66
- Nico Hulkenberg – 59
- Sebastian Vettel – 59
- Jean-Eric Vergne – 58
- Esteban Gutierrez – 55
- Kevin Magnussen – 46
- Romain Grosjean – 18
- Max Chilton – 17
Red Flags – 4
Total number of laps completed – 676
Kevin Magnussen has topped the time-sheets on what was a day of significant running for most of the drivers. The likes of Red Bull and Toro Rosso, who have suffered with reliability issues and had limited running thus far completed a great deal more laps than yesterday, with Sebastian Vettel’s tally being nearly three times more than Red Bull managed during the entire Jerez test.
Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Rosberg were first out on track but it wasn’t long until the first red flag brought a brief halt to proceedings. Rosberg’s Mercedes completed only half a lap before grinding to a halt. It was Rosberg who also brought out the second red flag of the day, once again stopping on track. Around ten minutes after the track had gone green again, there was another red flag – this time caused by Vergne in the Toro Rosso. Esteban Gutierrez brought out the fourth and final red flag of the day but his car was quickly returned to the pit-lane.
Marussia had a frustrating day – following an IT problem which restricted Jules Bianchi’s running yesterday – after a fuel system problem kept Max Chilton in the garage and able to complete just 17 laps (although more than the three managed by Bianchi). After a disappointing day yesterday Williams completed an impressive 116 laps with Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel. Magnussen’s fastest lap run came late in the day, knocking Nico Hulkenberg off the top spot and lowering the fastest lap to a 1:35. He went faster yet, ending the day with his 1:34 – a second and a half ahead of Hulkenberg when the chequered flag came out.
Mercedes-powered cars (Mercedes, McLaren, Force India and Williams) accounted for 306 of the lap-count. Ferrari powered-cars (Ferrari, Sauber and Marussia) completed 169 laps and Renault-powered cars (Red Bull, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham) completed a much more positive 201 laps – more than Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Caterham managed combined in the whole Jerez test.
The action continues tomorrow.