Magnussen impresses on day 2
Kevin Magnussen continued his impressive pre-season form. McLaren’s driver topped on the second day of testing in Bahrain and set the best time with the Pirelli super-soft tires – over 1.5s faster than Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) – after the MP4-29 suffered electrical problems in the morning.
Yesterday’s pacesetter Hulkenberg, completed 13 more laps than Magnussen (59) but not as many as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who racked up 97 circuits for the third fastest time of the day. The Spaniard started the morning with some aerodynamic tests, before undertaking a detailed evaluation of adjustments made to all the operating systems linked to the power unit, including energy recovery and release. Over the two days on track, he covered 161 laps and 872 kilometres.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg finished fourth, but caused two red flags in the morning when his F1 W05 stopped on track with technical problems. Programme was focused on longer runs to simulate a race distance, with Nico completing 460 km in the car, experimenting with the medium tyre and found this to be a slight improvement on the harder compound with more consistency.
Valtteri Bottas completed 116 times in the Mercedes-powered Williams FW35. The Finn also recorded the fifth best lap of the day. Behind him finished Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham and the RB10 of Sebastian Vettel. It was definitely a better day for the reigning world champion, who posted a total of 59 laps as the Infiniti Red Bull Racing made progress towards solving the reliability issues that have so far hampered the team’s pre-season preparations.
Jean-Eric Vergne completed 58 laps in the Renault-powered Toro Rosso STR9 for eighth place, finishing ahead of Esteban Gutierrez’ Sauber. The Mexican suffered an electrical problem in the afternoon. Lotus of Roman Grosjean completed only 18 laps due to some various software and installation issues. Frenchman finished ninth ahead of Marussia’s Max Chilton.
Bahrain, February 20th 2014
1. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:34.910, 46 laps
2. Niko Hulkenberg – Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07 – 1:36.445, 59 laps
3. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari F14 T – 1:36.516, 97 laps
4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:36.965, 85 laps
5. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes FW36 – 1:37.328, 116 laps
6. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault CT05 – 1:39.855, 66 laps
7. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault RB10 – 1:40.340, 59 laps
8. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 – 1:40.609, 58 laps
9. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – 1:40.716, 55 laps
10. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault E22 – 1:41.670, 18 laps
11. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari MR03 – 1:42.511, 17 laps