Bahrain (2) Day One in a Nutshell
- Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:35.290
- Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:36.184
- Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:36.432
- Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:36.624
- Adrian Sutil – Sauber – 1:37.700
- Kevin Magnussen – MLaren – 1:37.825
- Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:38.908
- Max Chilton – Marussia – 1:38.610
- Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:39.242
- Pastor Maldonado – Lotus – 1:40.599
- Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham – 1:42.285
- Valtteri Bottas – 128
- Kevin Magnussen – 109
- Sergio Perez – 105
- Nico Rosberg – 89
- Adrian Sutil – 89
- Daniil Kvyat – 56
- Kimi Raikkonen – 54
- Max Chilton – 44
- Daniel Ricciardo – 39
- Pastor Maldonado – 31
- Kamui Kobayashi – 19
Red Flags – 4
Total number of laps completed – 763
Sergio Perez topped the times as the third and final pre-season test got started. The Force India driver completed 105 laps on his way to the fastest time which was nearly a second faster than Valtteri Bottas who ended the day in second. With initial testing and garnering understanding of the cars out of the way – for the Mercedes teams at least – the final pre-season test gives teams the opportunity to start gearing their cars towards Melbourne-spec, with the first race just over two weeks away.
Having lost a lot of time and completing significantly fewer laps than other teams, Red Bull wasted no time in sending their driver Daniel Ricciardo out on track. He beat Red Bull’s fastest lap-time from the first Bahrain test in his first run of laps. Another team facing pressure is Lotus, after the team opted to miss the first test they have had less time on track than the other teams. They revealed that they had added 120 new parts to the car since last week. Marussia, who were hampered by a computer virus last week were also keen to get out and make up for lost time on the track.
Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi brought out the first red flag of the day when his car came to a halt after sector one. The car was returned to the garage and Caterham worked on it to get him back out. Pastor Maldonado brought out the second red flag after his Lotus stopped due to an exhaust issue, just before the lunch break. The morning session ended with Perez fastest for Force India and he later improved on his best time to stay fastest by the end of the day. A third red flag was brought out, this time caused by Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso, with a fourth late in the afternoon. Kimi Raikkonen, who crashed during testing last week, stopped on track causing a red flag with just two minutes of the day remaining.
It was another disappointing end to the day for both Red Bull and Lotus, who both had to end their running early. Red Bull have had a nightmare in testing so far, with cooling being their main issue. Lotus’ day ended early due to their exhaust problems earlier in the morning. Once again, it was the Mercedes-powered teams banging in the laps, completing 431 laps overall compared with Ferrari’s 187 and Renault’s 145. Even if you combine Ferrari and Renault’s running, it still doesn’t match the amount of laps Mercedes-powered cars completed.