McLaren logoTest report – Bahrain day three

Date                 Friday February 21 2014

Driver               Jenson Button

Location           Bahrain International Circuit (5.412km)

Laps/km           103/557

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)