Champion Red Bull more than 4 seconds off the pace as preseason testing concludes
By: Adam Cooper on March 2, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAHIC – Lewis Hamilton complete 70 laps and posted the leading time in the ultimate tuneup ahead of the Formula 1 opener at Melbourne on March 16.
Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes back on best on the final day of winter testing in Bahrain.
Eight red flags reflected an additional day of mechanical difficulties across the field, despite the fact that all but Lotus and McLaren nevertheless managed to total a respectable amount of laps.
For a 2nd consecutive day, Mercedes started out late right after troubles have been discovered overnight, although this time it was the gearbox rather than the engine at fault. Nevertheless, Hamilton was capable to make up for misplaced time and log 70 laps for the day.
Despite the fact that Hamilton’;s time was .020 second off the all round best — set on Saturday by Felipe Massa — he attained it on utilised soft tires, even though Massa’;s was on new supersofts, and most of the other best times for the week had been set on the supersofts.
“This has certainly been the most demanding winter I have knowledgeable, and the vehicle is nevertheless really a lot a function in progress,” explained Hamilton. “But we have learnt a lot more than the program of these last handful of weeks, and total it’;s been a great winter of testing for us. There is been an incredible sum of function put in by the crew back at the 2 factories and on-track. I have to say a special thanks to the crew right here nowadays who had a hard job in front of them but by no means misplaced their cool.
“It was a difficult start to the day but they managed to get the automobile turned all around for me to complete some great laps in the afternoon, which was a great work. There is so considerably to learn with these new cars it’;s just mind-blowing, and I do not think anybody can be totally prepared for the challenge of this season. But I feel as ready as I can be and I’;m hunting forward to seeing exactly where we are in Melbourne.”
When again, Williams impressed as Valtteri Bottas set the 2nd best time of the day, despite the fact that late in the day the staff suffered a failure of a high-mileage engine.
“I consider our last day of testing was extremely great, correct up to a very unlucky failure just one run just before the end,” stated Bottas. “Overall, it was a still a good day as we had no other issues all through and made a lot of progress with the auto setup. I think with this amount of testing, we are as prepared for Melbourne as we can be.
“We nonetheless require to function very difficult in these next 2 weeks, but I overall I am satisfied with how testing has gone for us. As I did not have the likelihood to do a swift time on the supersoft tire nowadays, I am seeking forward to picking up exactly where we left off when we get to Melbourne.”
Fernando Alonso and Ferrari were third fastest nowadays as when once more the Italian staff appeared to be off the tempo of the Mercedes contenders. The Spaniard misplaced track time whilst the gearbox was changed.
“The group did its utmost to carry out alterations on the car as quickly as feasible, but once more these days, we had planned to do much more laps than we managed,” he mentioned. “There are a lot of factors to find out with the use of the power unit to increase the functionality of the vehicle, and we are not however in which we want to be. Everyone in the team is quite aggressive, and we are functioning day and night in buy to get all the potential out of the F14 T as quickly as attainable.”
Force India had yet another good day, despite a mechanical failure that ended Nico Hulkenberg’;s day early.
“The ultimate day of testing went fairly effectively. In the finish, we did not do the race simulation, but we did some extended runs and signed off a whole lot of other things on the job checklist,” mentioned the German. “We did not do as many laps as yesterday, but we nevertheless manufactured progress and discovered some new factors. So it really is been 2 great days for me and I’;m feeling quite happy. You always want a lot more time to prepare, but I believe we’;re in excellent shape. The vehicle has come a prolonged way considering that the 1st Jerez check, and we have manufactured progress each and every day.”
Sebastian Vettel did not have a perfect day, and even though he at some point managed 77 laps, his very best time was 4 seconds off the quickest speed.
“We did a good deal of laps right now, so that was useful,” Vettel mentioned. “We experimented with to do a race distance right now for a single explanation or an additional, that did not work out, but in 2 week’;s time, things must look a minor bit different. Obviously it really is challenging to know where the automobile is.
“It’;s not just the variety of laps you do, but also the sort. There are so numerous diverse running possibilities, not just with tires and high or lower fuel, there are engine choices as nicely — complete power, low power and so on., so it truly is not possible to say exactly where we are. We know we have to catch up in a whole lot of locations, but that said, I’;m satisfied right now. We did a great deal of laps, we realized a lot, and it was a good end to a difficult week right here.”
Of the rest, Sauber impressed as in between them Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez totaled 177 laps
McLaren again had a truncated day as Jenson Button managed only 22 laps after an engine failure stopped him, even though Lotus continued to struggle as Romain Grosjean languished at the bottom of the instances after operating only 32 laps.
“We’;re not in an excellent predicament,” said the Frenchman. “There is a lot of new technologies for everyone to recognize, but even though we have stopped numerous times and invested a whole lot of time in the garage, each time we run the automobile we are finding out anything new. We’;re all operating as tough as we can in Enstone, and I am positive that Renault Sport F1 is doing the identical. We now have 2 weeks to uncover a whole lot much more efficiency and reliability.”
Formula One Bahrain test – Sunday
Pos., Driver, Automobile, Time, Laps
one, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes,1:33.278, 70
2, Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:33.987, 108
3, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, one:34.280, 74
4, Nico Hülkenberg, Force India, 1:35.577, 74
5, Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:35.701, 74
6, Adrian Sutil, Sauber, 1:36.467, 91
6, Max Chilton, Marussia, 1:36.835, 61
8, Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:37.303, 86
9, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull,one:37.468, 77
10, Jenson Button, McLaren, one:38.111, 22
eleven, Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, one:38.391, 106
twelve, Romain Grosjean, Lotus,one:39.302, 32
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