Sergio Perez tops day 1
Sergio Perez put its Sahara Force India-Mercedes on the in the first day of the final pre-season test in Bahrain. The Mexican set the best time of 1:35.290 in the morning session as many teams opted to concentrate on long runs. We really needed a good day to start this week and today we had it. – said Perez – We managed to do a lot of laps, try several different compounds and mappings, and it’s been a fantastic day in terms of learning about the car. Tomorrow is my last day in the car before the season starts so hopefully we can have another solid day to be in good shape for Melbourne.
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas finished second. The Finn completed 128 laps making some race simulations. Third time for Kimi Raikkonen. We had a small problem today, which limited the number of laps but still managed to learn some new things about the car – said the Ferrari‘s driver.
Mercedes’ Nico Roberg programme comprised long runs and a limited amount of setup evaluation in the morning, followed by race procedure work -including practice pit stops and starts – in the afternoon. Nico emerged for his first run just after 09:30 local time, completing 64 laps before the lunch break at 13:00. A further 25 laps followed in the afternoon, before problems brought running to an end one hour earlier than planned. Eventually he finished fourth, ahead of Adrian Sutil. Also the Sauber F1 Team focused on qualifying and race preparation.
Kevin Magnussen had another productive day at the wheel of McLaren’s MP4-29. The Dane clocked the sixth time completing a number of short setup runs in the morning and a full race distance in the afternoon.
It was a disappointing day for Daniel Ricciardo, who ended sevent in his Red Bull-Renault. After a productive morning in which he logged 32 laps, the afternoon session was more difficult, leading to the team spending most of the second period in the garage. Daniel did, however, return to the track to post a further seven laps just before the end of running.
Behind him, Marussia’s Max Chilton completed 44 laps. A mechanical problem stopped the Toro Rosso of rookie Daniil Kvyat in the afternoon. The Russian managed to complete a good mileage in the morning and ended ninth. Pastor Maldonato (Lotus) and Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham) both suffered issues completing 31 and 19 laps respectively.
Bahrain, February 27th 2014
1. Sergio Perez – Sahara Force India-Mercedes VJM07 – 1:35.290, 105 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes FW36 – 1:36.184, 128 laps
3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari F14 T – 1:36.432, 54 laps
4. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes F1 W05 – 1:36.624, 89 laps
5. Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari C33 – 1:37.700, 89 laps
6. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 – 1:37.825, 109 laps
7. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault RB10 – 1:37.908, 39 laps
8. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari MR03 – 1:38.610, 44 laps
9. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault STR9 – 1:39.242, 56 laps
10. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault E22 – 1:40.599, 31 laps
11. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault CT05 – 1:42.285, 19 laps