Kevin Magnussen has set the pace on the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, with a time of 1:34.190 set on Pirelli’s Super Soft tyre compound putting him over 1.5 seconds clear of Day 1 pace-setter Nico Hülkenberg.
Much of Magnussen’s running came in the late afternoon running, with his McLaren mechanics forced to perform a lengthy series of rebuilds after unspecified problems were uncovered on the MP4-29 in the morning.
Once out on track, the Danish driver steadily whittled away on his lap times, with his rapid effort coming with around 30 minutes of the day’s running still to go.
Hülkenberg had a slightly interrupted day en route to the second-quickest time in his Force India, while third place on the timesheets went to Fernando Alonso, who had few troubles in the day and knocked up almost one hundred laps behind the wheel of his Ferrari F14T.
Nico Rosberg was fourth-quickest in the Mercedes, which showed its first instances of on-track unreliability when he triggered two of the day’s red flag stoppages.
With the Williams team’s mileage limited to less than half a dozen laps on Day 1 at Sakhir, the emphasis was on making up for lost ground, which Valtteri Bottas did. The FW36 managed the most laps of the day – 115 in total – with the fifth-fastest time.
Kamui Kobayashi managed more mileage in the Caterham, with the Japanese driver delivering a late hot-lap to be the final driver under the 1m40s barrier as the green cars were once again proving to be the quickest and most reliable of the Renault-powered runners.
For the first time this pre-season, the Red Bull Racing RB10 managed more than 15 laps over the day, with Sebastian Vettel managing 56 laps behind the wheel, one short of a full Grand Prix distance at the Middle Eastern circuit.
Cooling was clearly still a concern – certainly if you judged solely on the number of fire extinguishers being carried around by his pit crew at the end of each run – but the important thing was that at least some on-track time was managed.
Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne and Sauber’s Esteban Gutiérrez both triggered the day’s other red flags as they claimed rather pedestrian eighth- and ninth-fastest times respectively, while Romain Grosjean and Max Chilton brought up the rear with their cars stymied by technical troubles.
2014 Formula 1 Pre-Season Test – Bahrain Day 2 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Laps|
|1.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:34.910||45|
|2.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes VJM07||1:36.445||59|
|3.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:36.516||96|
|4.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:36.965||84|
|5.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Mercedes FW36||1:37.328||115|
|6.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham Renault CT05||1:39.855||65|
|7.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:40.340||56|
|8.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR9||1:40.609||58|
|9.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber Ferrari C33||1:40.717||55|
|10.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus Renault E22||1:41.670||18|
|11.||Max Chilton||Marussia Ferrari MR03||1:42.511||16|
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