Nico Hulkenberg puts Force India fastest on day one in Bahrain

Bahrain (1) Day 1 in a Nutshell

Times

  1. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:36.880
  2. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:37.879
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:37.908
  4. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren – 1:38.295
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 1:40.224
  6. Adrian Sutil – Sauber – 1:40.443
  7. Robin Frijns – Caterham – 1:42.534
  8. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:44.346
  9. Romain Grosjean – Lotus – 1:44.832
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – No Time Set
  11. Jules Bianchi – Marussia – No Time Set

Laps

  1. Adrian Sutil – 82
  2. Kevin Magnussen – 81
  3. Nico Hulkenberg – 78
  4. Lewis Hamilton – 74
  5. Robin Frijns – 68
  6. Fernando Alonso – 64
  7. Sebastian Vettel – 14
  8. Romain Grosjean – 8
  9. Daniil Kvyat – 5
  10. Felipe Massa  – 4
  11. Jules Bianchi – 3

Red Flags – 4
Total number of laps completed – 526

It was Nico Hulkenberg who topped the times on the first day of the first of two Bahrain tests. He went nearly a second clear of Fernando Alonso who finished the day in second for Ferrari despite a smoky start. World Champion Sebastian Vettel set the fifth fastest lap of the day – managing more laps than he completed over two days in Jerez – but his day was not without its problems.

There was a brief delay to the start of the day but when it got going it was Romain Grosjean who was first out on track, making Lotus’ 2014 testing debut with the E22. The first delay was not far away, however, when a red flag was brought out by a smoking Fernando Alonso. He made it back to the pits and resumed his testing programme without much delay. Williams were confined to the garage for most of the day, having to remove the engine cover from Felipe Massa’s car. They later revelaed it was due to a fuel system issue. After Alonso’s early red flag there were three others, caused by Adrian Sutil in the Sauber, Daniil Kvyat in the Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull. The latter two teams did not get out on track straight away. Vettel’s stop was because of a rear brake issue as the world championship winning team’s woes continued. Kvyat was hampered by an oil leak while Jules Bianchi’s day was curtailed by IT problems, meaing he completed just three laps in the Marussia. The Marussia team missed the first two days of Jerez after a delay prevented them leaving the factory.

Mercedes had another solid day of running with teams carrying their engines filling three of the top four positions at the end of the day. Mercedes-powered cars (4) completed 237 of the 526 laps completed with Ferrari-powered cars (3) completing 149 and Renault-powered cars (4) completing just 95.

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