Pérez and Rosberg dominate an important testing day

27/02/2014 15:35

Sergio Pérez was the fastest today on the first day of the third round of 4-day-testing of Formula 1 in Bahrain. The Force India alongside with the Merceds of Nico Rosberg, had dominate the day.

By: Arnau Viñals Vendrell

As always, the red flags had been again on the track during this first day of the last 4-day-testing in Bahrain. Kobayashi with his Caterham caused the first red flag of the day, due to a gearbox problem. The last red flag of the day had been caused by Pastor Maldonado with his E22, after update the software of the Lotus Car.


But on the track, Rosberg and Pérez with powered by Mercedes-Benz motors dominated the morning session. A session that the cars had had a good running, with Red Bull and Ferrari as well.


On the afternoon session we also have some red flags. The first was Daniil Kvyat who stopped on the turn 2. A software problem on the Renault motor was the problem of the Toro Rosso and also of the Lotus and Caterham. But Lotus also had problems with exhausts and finished the day one hour before the chequered flag. Like Red Bull with some smoke on his car.


But in the end, Pérez reigns the afternoon session; Bottas score 122 laps with the Williams (that is a record of laps on pre-season testing this year).


The session concludes with a red flag caused by Kimi Räikkonen.




Pos. Driver Team Car Lap Time Dif. Laps
1. Perez Force India VJM07 1:35.290   105
2. Bottas Williams FW36 1:36.184 +0.894 128
3. Räikkönen Ferrari F14 T 1:36.432 +1.142 54
4. Rosberg Mercedes W05 1:36.624 +1.334 89
5. Sutil Sauber C33 1:37.700 +2.410 89
6. Magnussen McLaren MP4-29 1:37.825 +2.535 109
7. Ricciardo Red Bull RB10 1:37.908 +2.618 39
8. Chilton Marussia MR03 1:38.610 +3.320 44
9. Kvyat Toro Rosso STR9 1:39.242 +3.952 56
10. Maldonado Lotus E22 1:40.599 +5.309 31
11. Kobayashi Caterham CT05 1:42.285 +6.995 19