Hamilton tops second and final day of Bahrain in-season test
Lewis Hamilton continued where he had left of on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit, going comfortably quickest for Mercedes on the second and final day of the first in-season test of 2014.
Hamilton, fresh off the back of his victory at Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, completed 120 laps on his way to fastest overall on Wednesday, the 2008 champion’s best lap of 1:34.136 over a second clear of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, while Kevin Magnussen was a further seven tenths adrift of the Frenchman in third.
Mercedes and Williams devoted their days to testing Pirelli’s developmental rubber, per the Italian tyre firm’s announcement of their testing schedule last month. Caterham were the sole team to run the developmental tyres on the opening day of the test.
Hamilton, who ended the day 1.4 seconds clear of Vergne, had topped the time sheets by over three seconds during the morning, when his session topping time was set, before a late flurry of laps reduced the deficit to the Mercedes man.
Magnussen, despite a front wing failure in the morning, which restricted the Dane to just 26 laps over the corse of the day was one of those to improve, moving into third with a lap of 1:36.203.
Sergio Perez, who finished third behind the all-dominant Mercedes pairing of Hamilton and Rosberg on Sunday was fourth overall for Force India.
Daniel Ricciardo ended the final day of testing in Bahrain in fifth for Red Bull, a mere six thousandths of a second quicker than Jules Bianchi, who completed 93 laps on his way to sixth.
Giedo van der Garde, who participated in FP1 at this circuit last Friday was back in the Sauber – after Sergey Sirotkin has his first taste of 2014 F1 machinery on Tuesday - ended the day seventh, with 77 laps completed, two more than the Russian teenager had managed on the previous day.
Fernando Alonso and Ferrari endured a difficult final day in Bahrain, after his team found the F14 T chassis – the same used by Kimi Raikkonen at last weekend’s Grand Prix – to be damaged, calling an early end to the Scuderia’s test, the Spaniard having completed just 12 laps of running
Marcus Ericsson completed 66 laps on his way to ninth overall, with a best lap of 1:39.263 for Caterham – having taken over at the wheel of the CT05 from Robin Frijns – before an ERS failure prematurely ended the Swede’s day.
Felipe Nasr was 10th for Williams, running the developmental Pirelli tyres alongside Mercedes, while Lotus’ bad luck continued in Bahrain, Romain Grosjean completing just 20 laps in the E22 before a failure curtailed the Enstone-based outfit’s running.
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