Mercedes' Hamilton tops final day
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet in the last day of final pre-season test at Sakhir. Although running was delayed during the morning after a gearbox problem, Briton clocked 1:33.278, just two-hundredths down the winter lap record set by Felipe Massa on Saturday. Valtteri Bottas set morning pace for Williams and led the way for most of the day before stopping with a mechanical problem. Finn ended second ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari. Before the lunch break, Spaniard’s work was halted by the need to change the gearbox on the car and in the afternoon the technical programme moved on to a series of short and long runs to check the management of systems on the F14 T.
Sahara Force India completed its programme in Bahrain as Nico Hulkenberg clocked up 74 laps in the VJM07. German did some long runs and finished fourth. Jean-Eric Vergne ended fifth with Toro Rosso.
Sauber completed 177 laps with Adrian Sutil (sixth) and Esteban Gutierrez (eighth). Mexican was behind the wheel of the Sauber C33-Ferrari in the afternoon, while Sutil took part in the morning session. The team collected important data despite unexpected issues. Ferrari-powered Marussia’s Max Chilton ended seventh.
World Champion Sebastian Vettel completed 77 laps in the Red Bull-Renault, after yesterday failed to complete a single lap as RB10 continued to struggle. We haven’t done enough laps, the speed is not there compared to some other teams so we have to wait and see when we get there. But surely things will calm down. We have to use the two weeks that we have to fit new parts to the car. – said German.
Jenson Button ended tenth after a difficult final day for McLaren that suffered electronics problem. Button was unable to evaluate the team’s new Melbourne-spec front wing that had arrived in the morning.
Kamui Kobayashi completed 106 with Caterham, while Lotus’ Romain Grosjean spent a lot of time in the garage due to further power unit problems.
Bahrain, March 2nd 2014
1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:33.278, 70 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes FW36 – 1:33.987, 108 laps
3. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari F14 T – 1:34.280, 74 laps
4. Nico Hulkenberg – Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07 – 1:35.577, 74 laps
5. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 – 1:35.701, 74 laps
6. Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – 1:36.467, 91 laps
7. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari MR03 – 1:36.835, 61 laps
8. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – 1:37.303, 86 laps
9. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault RB10 – 1:37.468, 77 laps
10. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:38.111, 22 laps
11. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault CT05 – 1:38.391, 106 laps
12. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault E22 – 1:39.302, 32 laps