McLaren’s rookie Kevin Magnussen returned to the top of the timesheets as pre-season testing continued at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Dane finished the day in a world of his own; his fastest lap time a comfortable second and a half clear of the second quickest man, Nico Hulkenberg, who was fastest on day one.
Red Bull, whose Jerez woes continued yesterday, had a much more productive day today with Vettel’s 59 laps easily beating the team’s total lap tally set over the first five days. Although today was a positive omen for the reigning Champions, they’re lost running could prove costly in the opening rounds. Their sister team, Toro Rosso, were today also recovering from a disrupted Tuesday, with Jean-Eric Vergne completing 48 laps in the morning session. His afternoon running was limited to a mere five laps however, with his STR9 crawling to a halt soon after he took to the track.
Fernando Alonso’s ninety-seven lap running had him perched at the top of the timesheets in the morning session and, although a late quick lap looked promising, he finished the day third overall. Nico Rosberg was fourth for Mercedes and was one of the several drivers who prompted a red flag after his MGP W05 crawled to a halt five laps into a race simulation due to a faulty sensor. After a prolonged stay in the garage, the car was repaired and sent back on track where it completed a total of 84 laps.
The honor for most laps fell to Williams who completed a meagre five laps on Wednesday but clocked up 116 today. Massa was piloting the FW36 which, remarkably, given the unreliability or incident one comes to expect from pre-season testing, had a flawless run. The same could not be said for Esteban Gutierrez who, after running 55 laps, stopped on track in the afternoon and returned to the garage to end his track time.
Romain Grosjean was on-track for Lotus today but his running was curtailed to 18 laps. Similarly Max Chilton had a short running of 17 laps, and that was the least of any driver on day two. Testing resumes at the Bahrain International Circuit tomorrow until Saturday.
|Kevin Magnussen||McLaren||1.34.910||46 laps|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1.36.445||59 laps|
|Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||1.36.516||97 laps|
|Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||1.36.965||85 laps|
|Valtteri Bottas||Williams||1.37.328||116 laps|
|Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham||1.39.855||66 laps|
|Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||1.40.340||59 laps|
|Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||1.40.609||58 laps|
|Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber||1.40.717||55 laps|
|Romain Grosjean||Lotus||1.41.670||18 laps|
|Max Chilton||Marussia||1.42.511||17 laps|
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