Felipe Massa sets quickest time of Formula One preseason check at Baharan: Williams driver leads pace assault as teams work on qualifying setups Saturday

Williams driver prospects pace assault as teams perform on qualifying setups

By: Adam Cooper on March one, 2014

Felipe Massa was quickest on Friday in Bahrain as the Formula One season counts down to the March 16 opener in Melbourne.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Felipe Massa was quickest on Friday in Bahrain as the Formula One particular season counts down to the March 16 opener in Melbourne.

As anticipated, the speed heated up in Bahrain on Saturday as teams started to edge toward qualifying runs. Felipe Massa not only topped the instances for Williams but also recorded the quickest lap of the winter at Bahrain thus far, bettering the mark set by Nico Rosberg final week by the small margin of .025 second.

As soon as yet again, dependability was the big story of the day as Sebastian Vettel failed to complete a lap, whilst Adrian Sutil finished just a single lap for Sauber, and Romain Grosjean had an additional difficult day with Lotus.

Vettel stopped on his out lap with an electrical problem, and right after lengthy repairs seasoned a leak when he attempted to leave the pit lane, which ended his day. Sutil stopped at the finish of his set up lap with an engine issue, and the Sauber was not observed yet again all day.

In contrast, it was a very good day for Williams as the dark blue automobile continued to log mileage and Massa continued the process of settling in with his new staff.

“We had a really very good day today, performing nearly 25 laps,” said Massa. “We did a good deal a lot more functionality operate in the vehicle, which is anything that we have not completed so considerably of so far. I am really satisfied with the vehicle, and truly feel we discovered a excellent stability. We did so significantly perform on the setup, but it is really important that we go to Australia ready.

“Of program, you are always content when you see your name at the leading in very first location, but as well as overall performance, right now was great for the mileage and dependability of the car, which we know is needed for Australia. You can never ever be confident that you are 25 percent prepared for the first race, but I come to feel that what we have done in these days testing has been important for producing sure that we have a car that can not only get to the finish of the race, but that will have great performance as effectively.”

Meanwhile, Rosberg was just .2 2nd slower for Mercedes. A late overnight get in touch with on an engine change meant that the German missed the morning session, but he manufactured up for it by taking the W05 above 100 laps in a day for the very first time.

“That was an outstanding hard work by the staff and I’;m truly satisfied with our day’;s work,” he stated. “The evening shift crew acknowledged a strange sound from the engine while functioning on it for the duration of the evening so we had to modify it, which took a very good handful of hrs and meant we missed out on working for most of the morning. In the finish I managed to do more than 100 laps, so this was a very beneficial last day of testing for me and I realized a great deal in the method.”

Kimi Raikkonen misplaced a lot of time with what Ferrari called a difficulty with a connector, but went on to finish his last day of testing with the third best time.

“I’;d hoped to do far more laps, but this wasn’;t an simple day,” Raikkonen explained. “We misplaced some time this morning when we had to repair anything on the auto, but then we managed to make up for some of it in the afternoon. Operating a race distance, we continued to get a lot more information relating to fuel consumption strategies and tire degradation, even even though the powerful wind upset the driving a lot. I would like to be capable to say we did better, but there is still one particular a lot more day with Fernando to proceed our planning for Melbourne.”

Kevin Magnussen was 4th quickest on his ultimate day of testing for McLaren. Once once more it was not a best day for the staff.

“We had some electrical troubles in the morning, but sorted them quite speedily, and completed most of today’;s run program,” he mentioned. “Today’;s lap occasions from each Williams and Mercedes appear very quick, but I do not feel any of the teams have been working identical plans, so it’;s nevertheless challenging to say. As a group, we’;re not very there nevertheless, but we have a lot more to come. Our vehicle feels like it has prospective — in contrast to final year’;s auto, the place you could come to feel its difficulties when you had been driving. This yr, it feels like an F1 car.

“In terms of preparation, you often really feel like you can do far more — if we had much more time, we would not quit. But, from a driving point of view, I consider I’;ve received all the essentials covered in purchase to go out there and do a race. I never truly feel unpleasant going into a Grand Prix now — I feel that I know all the procedures, I know what’;s important, and I know what to emphasis on in a race weekend. And which is really optimistic.”

Toro Rosso had a a lot-necessary strong day of operating with Daniil Kvyat, who set the fifth fastest time of the day and logged 81 laps.

“A extremely constructive day because we managed to total a very good amount of laps,” Kvyat said. “The work all went in the appropriate path and we carried out numerous important exams and did some longer runs. That implies I am feeling considerably a lot more assured with the car now. The following end is Melbourne and I don’;t want to make any predictions about how we will get on in Australia, despite the fact that the a single point I can say is that I am actually looking forward to my very first Grand Prix.”

Force India, Marussia and Caterham all loved solid days with very good mileage, but as noted it was a frustrating day for Grosjean, who ran only 31 laps and was miles off the tempo in the Lotus E22.

“It was not a ideal day,” Grosjean explained. “For the time we were on track we were definitely finding out, but it is true to say that we haven’;t been as productive as we wished in our preparations so far. This does not mean that almost everything is misplaced or that it will be extremely hard for us to win races, but certainly we are behind routine. We’;ll just keep doing work together to get on best of the situation and get some more time in the vehicle.”

Formula A single Bahrain check – Saturday times

Pos. Driver Automobile Time Laps

1, Felipe Massa, Williams, one:33.258, 99

2, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes,1:33.484, 103

3, Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1:35.426, 87

4, Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1:35.894, 88

5, Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.113, 81

6, Nico Hülkenberg, Force India, one:36.205, 115

6, Jules Bianchi, Marussia, 1:37.087, 78

8, Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, 1:38.083,117

9,Romain Grosjean, Lotus, one:42.166, 33

10, Adrian Sutil,Sauber, No Time Set, one

11, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, No Time Set, one

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