Date Friday February 21 2014
Driver Jenson Button
Location Bahrain International Circuit (5.412km)
Best laptime 1m34.976s
Programme For the third day of the test in Bahrain, Jenson took over driving duties from Kevin Magnussen, continuing the general set-up and evaluative work that the Dane had initiated on Wednesday and Thursday.
Jenson completed a mammoth 103 laps today, a tally which included the MP4-29’s first full race-distance, which was completed in the afternoon.
Jenson said: “Today was a really busy session – my engineers looked exhausted afterwards, and I’ve never seen that before!
“It was good to put some laps on the car without any major issues. We actually did a race distance in the afternoon, and it was nice to do that so early in testing. Still, that session showed us we still have a lot of work to do.
“The thing we really need to focus on is fully understanding fuel-saving, and the communication required between the driver and engineer. I think we’ll get on top of things, though, because we’re traditionally very good at that.
“We’re in a reasonable position: today was positive because we gathered so much information. There’s still a lot of work to do before the first race; we’d like to be faster, but when you look at other test days, you’d say we’re in reasonable shape.”
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1m 34.263s 67 laps
2 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1m 34.976s 103 laps
3 Felipe Massa Williams 1m 37.066s 60 laps
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m 37.180s 96 laps
5 Sergio Perez Force India 1m 37.367s 57 laps
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m 37.476s 44 laps
7 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m 38.974s 57 laps
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m 39.642s 26 laps
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1m 40.781s 28 laps
10 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1m 42.130s 98 laps
11 Max Chilton Marussia 1m 46.672s 4 laps
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams – 55 laps
What’s next Jenson wraps up the final day of the test.
Test dates Four days (February 19-22)