Perez fastest again in Bahrain
For the second day in a row, Force India’s Sergio Perez set the best time at the final pre-season test in Bahrain. The Mexican clocked 1:35.570, 0.280s slower than yesterday. It feels very good to have another full day and to do so many laps. It’s my last time in the car until we arrive in Melbourne and I’m feeling positive about how things are going. The set-up work today was very useful because we tried some different things to have a better direction for the first race. Everything went to plan and we managed to complete all the long runs in the afternoon. – said Perez.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso completed 122 laps and ended second. Spaniard this morning worked on car set-up, as well as running a tyre evaluation programme. Alonso used the medium and soft compounds, acquiring valuable data for the team, while also familiarising himself with the 2014 Pirelli rubber. In the afternoon, the Scuderia continued testing components on the F14 T and long run tests.
Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull made significant progress and finished third. Australian recorded 66 largely trouble-free laps. The team was also able to get in some pit stop practice and conduct a number of background tests and aerodynamic evaluations on the way to the day’s third-fastest time.
Williams’ Felipe Massa finished fourth, ahead of Jenson Button (McLaren). Briton had a problem within the gearbox, but he got back out at the end, and everything ran smoothly.
Marussia of Jules Bianchi ended sixth. Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes was seventh completing a race simulation programme in the morning, followed by setup work in the afternoon. A gearbox problem curtailed running with 90 minutes remaining.
Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Esteban Gutierrez filled places eight and nine on the timesheet. The Mexican completed 106 laps in the Sauber-Ferrari included several short runs in the morning and race simulations in the afternoon.
Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) and Marcus Ericsson (Caterham) both suffered fires at the rear of their cars which curtailed their running.
Bahrain, February 28th 2014
1. Sergio Perez – Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07 – 1:35.570, 108 laps
2. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari F14 T – 1:35.634, 122 laps
3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault RB10 – 1:35.743, 66 laps
4. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes FW36 – 1:36.507, 103 laps
5. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:36.901, 52 laps
6. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari MR03 – 1:38.092, 75 laps
7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:39.041, 89 laps
8. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 – 1:39.636, 61 laps
9. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – 1:39.976, 106 laps
10. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault E22 – 1:41.613, 31 laps
11. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault CT05 – 1:42.516, 55 laps