Champion Red Bull more than 4 seconds off the speed as preseason testing concludes
By: Adam Cooper on March 2, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAHIC – Lewis Hamilton total 70 laps and posted the best time in the final tuneup before the Formula 1 opener at Melbourne on March 16.
Lewis Hamilton place Mercedes back on top on the final day of winter testing in Bahrain.
Eight red flags reflected an additional day of mechanical problems across the area, despite the fact that all but Lotus and McLaren still managed to total a respectable variety of laps.
For a second consecutive day, Mercedes began late following troubles were discovered overnight, although this time it was the gearbox rather than the engine at fault. Nonetheless, Hamilton was in a position to make up for misplaced time and log 70 laps for the day.
Even though Hamilton’;s time was .020 2nd off the overall very best — set on Saturday by Felipe Massa — he accomplished it on used soft tires, even though Massa’;s was on new supersofts, and most of the other top times for the week have been set on the supersofts.
“This has undoubtedly been the most demanding winter I’;ve seasoned, and the automobile is nevertheless really a lot a work in progress,” mentioned Hamilton. “But we’;ve learnt a great deal above the program of these last couple of weeks, and all round it really is been a good winter of testing for us. There is been an extraordinary volume of work place in by the team back at the 2 factories and on-track. I have to say a particular thanks to the crew right here today who had a tough task in front of them but never misplaced their great.
“It was a hard start to the day but they managed to get the auto turned close to for me to full some very good laps in the afternoon, which was a amazing energy. There’;s so significantly to understand with these new vehicles it’;s just thoughts-blowing, and I never feel anybody can be completely ready for the challenge of this season. But I really feel as prepared as I can be and I am seeking forward to seeing the place we are in Melbourne.”
As soon as yet again, Williams impressed as Valtteri Bottas set the 2nd ideal time of the day, despite the fact that late in the day the crew suffered a failure of a higher-mileage engine.
“I consider our last day of testing was really good, right up to a quite unlucky failure just a single run ahead of the end,” said Bottas. “Overall, it was a nevertheless a good day as we had no other issues during and created a lot of progress with the automobile setup. I feel with this quantity of testing, we are as prepared for Melbourne as we can be.
“We still need to function very challenging in these following 2 weeks, but I overall I am content with how testing has gone for us. As I didn’;t have the chance to do a rapid time on the supersoft tire today, I am seeking forward to selecting up where we left off when we get to Melbourne.”
Fernando Alonso and Ferrari were third fastest these days as after once more the Italian team appeared to be off the speed of the Mercedes contenders. The Spaniard misplaced track time whilst the gearbox was transformed.
“The group did its utmost to carry out alterations on the vehicle as quickly as attainable, but once again right now, we had planned to do a lot more laps than we managed,” he mentioned. “There are a lot of things to learn with the use of the electrical power unit to boost the efficiency of the vehicle, and we are not however the place we want to be. Absolutely everyone in the crew is quite competitive, and we are functioning day and night in buy to get all the likely out of the F14 T as quickly as attainable.”
Force India had yet another excellent day, despite a mechanical failure that ended Nico Hulkenberg’;s day early.
“The last day of testing went rather effectively. In the end, we didn’;t do the race simulation, but we did some prolonged runs and signed off a whole lot of other items on the job checklist,” said the German. “We did not do as numerous laps as yesterday, but we still manufactured progress and learned some new factors. So it truly is been 2 great days for me and I am feeling quite satisfied. You constantly want much more time to prepare, but I consider we’;re in good shape. The vehicle has come a lengthy way considering that the very first Jerez check, and we have manufactured progress each day.”
Sebastian Vettel did not have a best day, and although he at some point managed 77 laps, his best time was 4 seconds off the quickest pace.
“We did a lot of laps today, so that was beneficial,” Vettel said. “We attempted to do a race distance nowadays for 1 explanation or one more, that did not function out, but in 2 week’;s time, issues should appear a small bit various. Certainly it’;s difficult to know in which the vehicle is.
“It’;s not just the variety of laps you do, but also the sort. There are so a lot of various running options, not just with tires and large or lower fuel, there are engine possibilities as effectively — total power, minimal energy and so on., so it truly is unattainable to say the place we are. We know we have to catch up in a good deal of regions, but that mentioned, I’;m happy these days. We did a whole lot of laps, we realized a good deal, and it was a good end to a hard week here.”
Of the rest, Sauber impressed as between them Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez totaled 177 laps
McLaren once again had a truncated day as Jenson Button managed only 22 laps soon after an engine failure stopped him, even though Lotus continued to struggle as Romain Grosjean languished at the bottom of the times soon after running only 32 laps.
“We’;re not in an excellent situation,” explained the Frenchman. “There is a good deal of new technological innovation for every person to realize, but even although we have stopped several occasions and spent a whole lot of time in the garage, each and every time we run the vehicle we are learning anything new. We’;re all functioning as challenging as we can in Enstone, and I’;m positive that Renault Sport F1 is performing the very same. We now have 2 weeks to locate a good deal a lot more functionality and reliability.”
Formula 1 Bahrain check – Sunday
Pos., Driver, Auto, Time, Laps
one, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes,one:33.278, 70
2, Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:33.987, 108
3, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:34.280, 74
4, Nico Hülkenberg, Force India, one:35.577, 74
5, Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, one:35.701, 74
6, Adrian Sutil, Sauber, one:36.467, 91
6, Max Chilton, Marussia, 1:36.835, 61
8, Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:37.303, 86
9, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull,1:37.468, 77
10, Jenson Button, McLaren, one:38.111, 22
eleven, Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, 1:38.391, 106
12, Romain Grosjean, Lotus,one:39.302, 32
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