Sakhir, 20 February – Second day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari and the ten other Formula 1 teams in Bahrain at the Sakhir circuit. Before stopping for a lunch break, Fernando Alonso completed 49 laps at the wheel of the F14 T, which he hands over to Kimi Raikkonen tomorrow. At the time of writing, Fernando’s time of 1.37.700 was good enough for second place on the time sheet, 65 thousandths off the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
It was another warm sunny day with a temperature of 25 degrees, but the wind strengthened towards the end of the morning, making track conditions worse. Most of the work centered on checking the car’s systems, as well as focusing on the engine, car balance and brakes. There have been three red flag interruptions so far, which slowed down the work rate, but did not have any great effect on the team’s schedule.
This afternoon work continues on system checks, with further set-up testing and the usual tyre evaluation.
Times at 13h35 local time:
|1.||Williams – Valtteri Bottas||1:37.635||50|
|2.||Ferrari – Fernando Alonso||1:37.700||49|
|3.||Force India – Nico Hulkenberg||1:38.394||24|
|4.||McLaren – Kevin Magnussen||1:39.958||8|
|5.||Red Bull – Sebastian Vettel||1:40.540||34|
|6.||Toro Rosso – Jean-Eric Vergne||1:40.609||53|
|7.||Mercedes – Nico Rosberg||1:40.932||35|
|8.||Sauber – Esteban Gutierrez||1:41.135||48|
|9.||Lotus – Romain Grosjean||1:41.871||15|
|10.||Marussia – Max Chilton||1:42.511||14|
|11.||Caterham – Kamui Kobayashi||1:44.654||18|
Circuit: Sakhir circuit – 5.412 km
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Car: Ferrari F14 T
Weather: air temperature 21/26°C, track temperature 22/30 °C. Sunny.
Laps/Kms completed: 97/525
Best time: 1:36.516
Second day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari and the last one for Fernando Alonso who tomorrow hands over the wheel of the F14 T to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Fernando and the team got through a lot of work, starting this morning with some aerodynamic tests, followed by detailed evaluation of adjustments made to all the operating systems linked to the power unit, including energy recovery and release.
Attention also centred on testing the balance of the F14 T, doing short and long runs with the various tyre compounds supplied by Pirelli.
Fernando completed a total of 97 laps, the quickest in a time of 1:36.516. Over the two days on track, he covered 161 laps and 872 kilometres.
“We are not yet at the point where we can concentrate on performance, but the important thing is to continue to rack up kilometres” – said Fernando to www.ferrari.com – “The team has done a great job of preparation over the winter for these tests, which has allowed us to do a lot of running and test all aspects linked to these new and complex technologies. At the moment, everything is going as we expected, but there are still a lot of new elements to learn about. Teams and drivers both have little time available and it will be a very big challenge for everyone to be ready when we get to Melbourne.”
|1.||McLaren – Kevin Magnussen||1:34.910||46|
|2.||Force India – Nico Hulkenberg||1:36.445||59|
|3.||Ferrari – Fernando Alonso||1:36.516||97|
|4.||Mercedes – Nico Rosberg||1:36.965||85|
|5.||Williams – Valtteri Bottas||1:37.328||116|
|6.||Caterham – Kamui Kobayashi||1:39.855||66|
|7.||Red Bull – Sebastian Vettel||1:40.340||59|
|8.||Toro Rosso – Jean-Eric Vergne||1:40.609||58|
|9.||Sauber – Esteban Gutierrez||1:40.717||55|
|10.||Lotus – Romain Grosjean||1:41.670||18|
|11.||Marussia – Max Chilton||1:42.511||17|