Massa fastest in the final day
Felipe Massa set the pace in the final day of the pre-season testing at Jerez. Brazilian’s Williams FW36 completed 86 laps and clocked a 1:28.229, almost one second up on his former team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Ferrari F14 T was sandwiched between Mercedes-powered cars, but topped the timesheet in the wet at the end of the morning, when Alonso was able to run continuously even doing a run of over 20 laps using wet and intermediate tyres. The Spaniard managed a total of 115 laps.
Sahara Force India finished third with the impressive rookie Daniel Juncadella. It was my first day working with the team and it was a big challenge because of the tricky conditions. I took things very cautiously because I had never driven a Formula One. – said Daniel – We covered a lot of laps, which was a big improvement after quite a frustrating day yesterday. It’s what the team needed before the Bahrain test to really start understanding the car.
Kevin Magnussen, the fastest on day 3, claimed the fourth place with his McLaren MP4-29. The Dane spun at the chicane and crashed at Turn 10 with ten minutes left in the day. Russian Daniil Kvyat stopped the Toro Rosso at the same place.
Mercedes completed good mileage with both Lewis Hamilton (6th) and Nico Rosberg (8th). Rosberg completed 91 laps of wet running before lunch. Today´s programme was designed around completing race simulation work. – said Paddy Lowe – In damp conditions this morning, Nico conducted a baseline run before running a 74-lap race simulation on intermediate tyres, including two pit-stops. Mercedes AMG Petronas completed a total of 1,368 km over the four-day test.
Frenchman Jules Bianchi drove the Marussia-Ferrari and ended sixth taking advantage of the Super Soft tyres. Behind him finished the Sauber of Adrian Sutil who caused the first red flag of the day when he lost the rear of his car and became beached in the gravel.
Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham completed 54 laps before suffering an engine problem in the afternoon. Just seven laps for Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.
Jerez de la Frontera SPA, January 31st 2014
1. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes FW36 – 1:28.229, 86 laps
2. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari F14 T – 1:29.145, 115 laps
3. Daniel Juncadella – Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07 – 1:29.457, 81 laps
4. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:30.806, 110 laps
5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:30.822, 41 laps
6. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari MR03 – 1:32.222, 25 laps
7. Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – 1:36.571, 69 laps
8. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:36.951, 91 laps
9. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault CT05 – 1:43.193, 54 laps
10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 – 1:44.016, 9 laps
11. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault RB10 – 1:45.374, 7 laps