McLaren logoTest report – Bahrain day two

Date                 Friday February 28 2014

Driver               Jenson Button

Location           Bahrain International Circuit (5.412km)

Laps/km           52/281

Best laptime     1m36.901s

 

Programme      Jenson’s run programme was affected by a gearbox issue – just as he was about to begin a late-morning race simulation run.

The resultant repairs kept the car from the track for much of the day. However, the mechanics were able to get the car running for the final 75 minutes of the session, enabling Jenson to get a long-run under his belt before the chequer.

Speaking at the end of the day, Jenson said:

“We had a problem within the gearbox – it took a while to change, as anything within the power-unit does these days – but we got back out at the end, and everything ran smoothly, which was good. It was a shame to lose that time – it’s the first major issue we’ve had this winter; but it’s better to suffer it here, rather than at a race weekend.

“We were still able to do a long-run on high-fuel this afternoon. The basic car is good, and there’s a great deal of potential there, but there’s still a lot of work to do. We have a good understanding of the power-unit, and we know how to race it, but, in terms of balance and grip, the car isn’t quite there yet.

“But I know we’ve got some good improvements in the pipeline – and they should help us close the gap to the front of the grid.”

 

1 Sergio Perez              Force India                    1m 35.570s       108 laps

2 Fernando Alonso        Ferrari                           1m 35.634s       122 laps

3 Daniel Ricciardo         Red Bull Racing            1m 35.743s       66 laps

4 Felipe Massa              Williams                        1m 36.507s       103 laps

5 Jenson Button           McLaren Mercedes       1m 36.901         52 laps

6 Jules Bianchi              Marussia                       1m 38.092s       75 laps

7 Lewis Hamilton           Mercedes                      1m 39.041s       89 laps

8 Jean-Eric Vergne        Scuderia Toro Rosso     1m 39.636s       61 laps

9 Esteban Gutierrez       Sauber                          1m 39.976s       106 laps

10 Pastor Maldonado    Lotus                            1m 41.613s       31 laps

11 Marcus Ericsson       Caterham                      1m 42.516s       55 laps

 

What’s next      Kevin Magnussen returns to the cockpit for his final day in the car before Melbourne.

Test dates        Four days (February 27-March 2)