Raikkonen crashes, Rosberg fastest
The fourth day of the Formula One pre-season testing in Bahrein, ended with five minutes left to run due to the Raikkonen’s Ferrari crash. Kimi went out on the exit of Turn 4 and the session has been red flagged.
At the end, it wasn’t a technical problem, I just spun at turn 4 and damaged the car. But I don’t think it will be a problem to fix it for next week. Maybe I went too wide on a kerb, which caused the wheels to slide and I lost control of the car and hit the barrier. – said Raikkonen, who completed 81 laps and set the third time.
Nico Roberg topped the timesheet and set the fastest time overall of the four days – 1:33.283 – ahead of Jenson Button (McLaren). Mercedes‘ programme consisted of shorter runs in the morning, followed by a race simulation. We can be very pleased with the first test in Bahrain this week. – said Rosberg – We completed a lot of mileage and learnt more about the car with every lap we achieved…
Felipe Nasr made a good debut at the wheel of Mercedes-powered Williams FW36. Brazilian completed 86 laps and went fourth fastest. Behind him Pastor Maldonado managed 58 laps in the Lotus. We gained a lot more laps today and it was good for me to get time in the car. There was a lot of work with different settings, aero runs and similar which meant there was quite a lot to think about, but I think it all went well. The car was much more reliable which has helped with our work and hopefully it’s a good sign for next week. – said the Venezuelan.
Sahara Force India of Sergio Perez covered only 19 laps in the morning, completing some aero work and evaluating some more set-up items. The programme was cut short by a drivetrain issue just before lunch, which confined the VJM07 to the garage for the rest of the afternoon.
It wasn’t a great day for Daniel Ricciardo and the Red Bull team due to more problems. Austrialian managed just 15 laps, four less than Jean-Eric Vergne‘s Toro Rosso.
Both Kamui Kobayashi and team mate Marcus Ericsson were on track for Caterham. They ended ninth and tenth respectively as the Swede suffered an electrical problem.
The final pre-season test takes place again in Bahrain from February 27 to March 2.
Bahrain, February 22nd 2014
1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:33.283, 89 laps
2. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:34.957, 66 laps
3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari F14 T – 1:36.718, 81 laps
4. Felipe Nasr – Williams-Mercedes FW36 – 1:37.569, 86 laps
5. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault E22 – 1:38.707, 58 laps
6. Sergio Perez – Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07 – 1:39.258, 19 laps
7. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault RB10 – 1:39.837, 15 laps
8. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 – 1:40.472, 18 laps
9. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault CT05 – 1:44.286, 16 laps
10. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault CT05 – 1:45.094, 4 laps
11. Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – no time, 6 laps
12. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari MR03 – no time, 4 laps