Circuit: Sakhir – 5.412 km Driver: Fernando Alonso Car: Ferrari F14 T Weather: air temperature 19/25°C, track temperature 20/30 °C. Sunny. Laps/Kms completed: 64/346 Best time: 1:37.879
First day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari and the ten other Formula 1 teams, working from today to Saturday at Bahrain’s Sakhir Circuit.
The second test session of the year got underway with Fernando Alonso back behind the wheel of the F14 T number 14 car. The team resumed the programme it began in Jerez two weeks ago, working on further checking of all aspects of the new power unit systems and some aerodynamic testing. Today, particular attention was paid to fine tuning the new brake by wire system, to optimise the balance of the car.
This first day went off without encountering any unexpected difficulties and Fernando was able to complete a total of 64 laps, the quickest in a time of 1:37.879.
“It’s nice to be driving again, especially when you have more reference points compared to the previous time, which means you get a better feeling for the car” – said Fernando to www.ferrari.com – “We are also at a track that is more representative, with normal temperatures, where it’s been easier to understand tyre behaviour. We are in a phase where we are discovering things and with every lap, we learn something new. For everyone, there is still a lot to do to be well prepared for Melbourne, so it will be important to make the most of every day we have available to us.”
Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, again with Fernando Alonso on track.
Sakhir 19 February -The first day of testing is underway at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit for Scuderia Ferrari and the ten other Formula 1 teams. Before the team stopped for lunch, the F14 T with Fernando Alonso at the wheel, did 40 laps. The Spaniard’s best time so far is a 1.40.694, the fifth fastest, although performance was not a priority on the team’s agenda. The session got off to a delayed start, as not all the marshals were in position, so today’s running is being extended to 17h30 to make up for the 30 minutes lost. Air temperature is a constant 25 degrees, while there is still quite a strong wind blowing. This morning’s programme focused on system checks, aerodynamic measurements, car set-up and work on the brake by wire system, ending with a few practice starts from the pit lane.
In the afternoon, there will be more work linked to fine tuning the car, as well as the usual tyre evaluation tasks.
Times as at 13h50:
|1.||McLaren – Kevin Magnussen||1:38.295||23|
|2.||Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton||1:39.153||50|
|3.||Force India – Nico Hulkenberg||1:39.292||32|
|4.||Sauber – Adrian Sutil||1:40.443||50|
|5.||Ferrari – Fernando Alonso||1:40.694||40|
|6.||Caterham – Robin Frijns||1:44.337||42|
|7.||Lotus – Romain Grosjean||1:44.832||7|
|8.||Marussia – Jules Bianchi||–||2|
|9.||Williams – Felipe Massa||–||3|
|10.||Red Bull – Sebastian Vettel||–||1|
|11.||Toro Rosso – Daniil Kvyat||–||–|
Sakhir 19 February – After just one day of testing in Bahrain, it’s still difficult to have an idea of a hierarchy in the Formula 1 paddock for this year. So, it’s a given that there is an air of caution within Scuderia Ferrari and Deputy Chief Designer Simone Resta chooses his words carefully. “I think it is still too early to say just how satisfied we are, as we are still learning how the F14 T behaves in various situations and we are trying to gather as much data as possible. One thing we are focusing on at this test is how the new power train is working and its interaction with the driver. Every new component is being watched carefully, such as the brake by wire system and all the software linked to the car, both of which we have worked on a great deal over the past two weeks.”
Therefore, chasing performance has not been on the job list. “That will be the next step,” continued Resta. “Now we just want to rack up the kilometres. The final updates for the Australian Grand Prix will arrive at the next test here in Bahrain and that’s when we will also start trying to get the performance out of the car. Having said that, making a comparison with last year’s car is worthwhile only up to a certain point. Everyone is talking about the engines, but there are two other elements to take into consideration: the new rules mean we have less aerodynamic downforce and the weight of the car has increased.”
One of the current topics is overheating, something several teams are suffering with. Ferrari made the most of the rule changes to go for amajor change, which Resta explained: “ The fact we had to change the power unit allowed us to modify the entire package, on which we have worked very hard, investing a lot. But best not to commit the sin of arrogance in believing we have an advantage.”