Ferrari LogoA busy morning for Alonso in the F14 T

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:

Pos.

Team/Driver

Best time

Laps

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

 

 

872km for Alonso in Bahrain

 

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.”

 

Pos.

Team

Best time

Laps

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