Hamilton leads as Red Bull's problems continue
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) set the fastest lap of the week on the third day of the Formula One pre-season testing in Bahrain. 2008 world champion took the lead during the morning session with 1:34.263, completing some short runs on the softer tyre, followed by an attempted race distance interrupted by a failure on the car late afternoon.
Jenson Button was second. Briton completed 75 laps in the afternoon in the McLaren MP4-29. Felipe Massa set the third fastest time of the day. The Brazilian and his Williams team mate Valtteri Bottas spent much of their sessions working on pitstop practice. Sauber team also managed to practice pitstops and gain experience on the soft and super soft tyre compounds for the first time as Esteban Gutierrez finished fourth.
Sergio Perez (5th) clocked up 57 laps in the VJM07 Force India. The sixth fastest time went to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who endured an interrupted session. The Finn’s day began with some aerodynamic and set-up work, but after 12 laps the team encountered a telemetry issue.
Good job for the Toro Rosso’s rookie Daniil Kvyat, who completed a total of 57 laps and finished seventh. Lotus of Pastor Maldonado brought out the red flags twice due some mechanical problems. After a positive start this morning, Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull suffered also a mechanical problem and the team decided to suspend running in the afternoon.
Caterham completed the most laps of any of the four Renault-powered cars, with Marcus Ericsson’s tally of 98 laps taking him over the 300km threshold required for an F1 superlicence.
Bahrain, February 21st 2014
1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:34.263, 67 laps
2. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:34.976, 103 laps
3. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes FW36 – 1:37.066, 60 laps
4. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – 1:37.180, 96 laps
5. Sergio Perez – Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07 – 1:37.367, 57 laps
6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari F14 T – 1:37.476, 44 laps
7. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 – 1:38.974, 57 laps
8. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault E22 – 1:39.642, 26 laps
9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault RB10 – 1:40.781, 28 laps
10. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault CT05 – 1:42.130, 98 laps
11. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari MR03 – 1:46.672, 4 laps