Capping a stellar run this week at the Bahrain International Circuit for Mercedes, Bahrain Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton paced today’s second and final day of Formula One testing.
Hamilton logged a lap of 1 minute, 34.136 seconds and turned 120 laps in the Mercedes W05. His time was 1.4 seconds ahead of the second-fastest time, which was set at 1 minute, 35.557 seconds by Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.
Mercedes later confirmed that Hamilton’s hot lap was set on a development tire from Pirelli, which got good use out of both Merc and Williams (with driver Felipe Nasr):
Yesterday, Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg – who finished second to the former World Champion in the Grand Prix after a spirited late-race duel – topped the charts in Day 1 of the Bahrain test with a lap of 1 minute, 35.697 seconds.
McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen was third-fastest today despite sustaining a suspension failure that threw him into a gravel trap before the lunch break.
Fourth-quickest was Sergio Perez of Force India, who turned in a 63-lap day, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the Top 5 – albeit at almost 3.2 seconds off the pace of Hamilton.
Marussia’s Jules Bianchi was sixth on the charts, with the second-highest total of laps at 93. Giedo van der Garde stepped in for Sauber today and went P7.
Following the Dutchman was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (eighth), who had his day cut short when his F14 T chassis was found to be damaged.
“After the necessary checks were made, the team decided to bring the test to a premature end as a precautionary measure,” the team said in a statement that also disclosed that Alonso was to run a series of “set-up tests, carried out on data based from yesterday.”
Caterham rookie Marcus Ericsson was ninth-fastest but got 66 laps in until an electrical problem with his CT05’s Energy Recovery System caused him to stop the car on track and wound up ending his day.
Williams tester Nasr was 10th on the charts, with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean left in last place among the competitors. Like teammate Pastor Maldonado yesterday, he suffered a terminal issue on his Renault power unit.
FORMULA ONE TESTING – BAHRAIN, DAY TWO
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes – 1:34.136, 120 laps
2. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso – 1:35.557, 64 laps
3. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren – 1:36.203, 26 laps
4. Sergio Perez, Force India – 1:36.586, 63 laps
5. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull – 1:37.310, 67 laps
6. Jules Bianchi, Marussia – 1:37.316, 93 laps
7. Giedo van der Garde, Sauber – 1:37.623, 77 laps
8. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari – 1:37.912, 12 laps
9. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham – 1:39.263, 66 laps
10. Felipe Nasr, Williams – 1:39.879, 64 laps
11. Romain Grosjean, Lotus – 1:43.732, 16 laps