Massa on top with his Williams

01/03/2014 17:34

Williams' Felipe Massa has set the fastest time up to now with a 2014 car in Bahrain, less than 1 second slower than Nico Rosberg's pole position last year.

 

By: Ramon López Garrido

Good news for the Mercedes engine, which seems to be the fastest as Massa (Williams) and Rosberg (Mercedes) have finished on top today. 99 laps for the Brazilian without any problem, while Mercedes have been able to do 103 laps even though they lost some time in the morning changing the engine of the car. Rosberg's time has been just 0,2s slower than Massa's, both of them on supersofts.

 

Kimi Räikkönen has not spent much time on track in the morning, but finally Ferrari have been able to do a race simulation, which has been interrupted by a red flag. The Finnish has set the third fastest time, 2,2s behind Massa, and has done 87 laps. Sutil's Sauber has stopped on track on its first outing and has not been repaired on time to go out again.

 

Renault-powered teams have had different luck. Daniil Kvyat has been 5th with the Toro Rosso and has been able to do 81 laps, while Marcus Ericsson's Caterham has done 117. It was the first time Romain Grosjean drove the Lotus this week and he's not been able to do more than 33 laps, which considering the car ended up on fire yesterday it's not very good news for them. Worse part, however, was for the Red Bull, which couldn't bring Vettel further than the 4h corner of the circuit.

 

Result:

 

Pos.

Driver

Team

Car

Lap Time

Dif.

Laps

1.

Massa

Williams

FW36

1:33.258

 

98

2.

Rosberg

Mercedes

W05

1:33.484

+0.226

101

3.

Räikkönen

Ferrari

F14 T

1:35.487

+2.229

82

4.

Magnussen

McLaren

MP4-29

1:35.894

+2.636

85

5.

Kvyat

Toro Rosso

STR9

1:36.113

+2.855

76

6.

Hülkenberg

Force India

VJM07

1:36.205

+2.947

113

7.

Bianchi

Marussia

MR03

1:37.087

+3.829

76

8.

Ericsson

Caterham

CT05

1:38.083

+4.825

117

9.

Grosjean

Lotus

E22

1:42.166

+8.908

33

10.

Vettel

Red Bull

RB10

-

-

1

11.

Sutil

Sauber

C33

-

-

1