Nico Rosberg ends Bahrain test fastest for Mercedes

Bahrain (1) Day 4 in a Nutshell

Lap Times

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:33.283
  2. Jenson Button – Mercedes – 1:34.957
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:36.718
  4. Felipe Nasr – Williams – 1:37.569
  5. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus – 1:38.707
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:39.258
  7. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:40.138
  8. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso – 1:40.472
  9. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham – 1:43.027
  10. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham – 1:45.094
  11. Adrian Sutil – Sauber – No Time Set
  12. Jules Bianchi – Marussia – No Time Set

Laps

  1. Nico Rosberg – 89
  2. Felipe Nasr – 87
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – 82
  4. Jenson Button – 69
  5. Pastor Maldonado – 58
  6. Sergio Perez – 19
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne – 19
  8. Kamui Kobayashi – 16
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – 15
  10. Adrian Sutil – 7
  11. Jules Bianchi – 5
  12. Marcus Ericsson – 4

Red Flags – 7
Total number of laps completed – 470

Nico Rosberg continued Mercedes’ fine form by topping the final day of the first Bahrain test. His 1:33.283 was the fastest lap of the week and he was the only driver to drop below 1:34, using Pirelli’s soft tyres. Mercedes once again finished ahead of McLaren, with Jenson Button ending the day second fastest ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who ended the day with a crash. Williams’ new recruit Felipe Nasr completed an impressive 87 laps and set the fourth fastest lap.

Raikkonen’s Ferrari was the cause of just one of seven red flags which interspersed the day. Marcus Ericsson managed just four laps in the Caterham before his running being brought to a halt by electrical problems, causing the first red flag of the day. Kamui Kobayashi got out in the Caterham later in the day and managed 16 laps, ending the day ninth fastest. Despite going fastest, Rosberg’s day was not without his own stoppages, causing the second and fifth red flag. Sergio Perez’s Force India ground to a halt while the Mexican was on his way to the fastest time of the morning. His day was brought to an end by a gearbox problem after just 19 laps. Red Bull had another frustrating day, after mechanical and software issues curtailed their running. Daniel Ricciardo managed just 15 laps and ended the day seventh fastest. Pastor Maldonado – in another Renault powered car – caused a red flag, as did Adrian Sutil. The Sauber driver managed just seven laps after a chassis issue was discovered while Marussia’s running was severely hampered by engine and fuel problems.

Teams have just four more test days before the first race in Australia to smooth out their problems. They will start bringing Melbourne-spec cars and fine-tuning set-ups ahead of the first race of the season. It was also be an important test for Renault-powered cars who have once again struggled. Mercedes-powered cars (Mercedes, McLaren, Force India, and Williams) accounted for 264 laps and Ferrari-powered cars (Ferrari, Sauber, and Marussia) completed just 94 laps. Renault-powered cars (Lotus, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, and Caterham) on the other hand managed 112 laps.

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