Massa fastest as Red Bull hits more trouble

Massa fastest as Red Bull hits more trouble

1 March 2014 – Williams driver Felipe Massa set the quickest time of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain on Saturday, while reigning World Champions Red Bull hit further problems and failed to complete a full lap.

Massa, conducting his final scheduled stint at the wheel of the FW36 before the opening race weekend of the season in Australia, delivered a 1:33.258 in the closing stages of the afternoon session to stamp his authority over the field and bring to an end Force India's pace-setting run.

It moved Massa and his team to the top of the list for the seven days of testing at Sakhir so far, with the Brazilian eclipsing Nico Rosberg's previous benchmark by just under three hundredths of a second.

Red Bull's day was effectively over after two sectors, with the RB10 – in the hands of Sebastian Vettel for the first time this week – grounding to a halt on its installation lap. After checking the car over for around 45 minutes, the mechanics opted to send the car out again, but it this time failed to go further than the end of the pit lane.

It was a similar story at Sauber, with Adrian Sutil restricted to just one lap after a fire broke out on his install run.

Back at the business end of the timesheets, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg ended the day as Massa's nearest challenger. The German had looked set to finish at the top of the pile after a sizeable improvement in the final 15 minutes, but his Williams rival responded with the aforementioned low 1m33s effort to move two tenths clear.

Rosberg's day was a particularly impressive one, given the fact that the Mercedes mechanics had to work through the night to fit a new power unit. After an early delay, he rewarded them with more than 100 laps.

Kimi Räikkönen completed the top three positions, but again took the brunt of Ferrari's pre-season problems. Having spent the majority of the morning in his garage, he was ultimately able to put together his first race simulation of the pre-season, adding to the one team-mate Fernando Alonso carried out on Friday.

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat and Force India returnee Nico Hülkenberg followed in a closely-matched group, all avoiding major drama and racking up useful mileage for their respective teams.

Despite a late morning stoppage, Jules Bianchi continued what has been an encouraging final test for Marussia, placing one second ahead of Caterham rival Marcus Ericsson, who completed the most laps of the day (117).

Romain Grosjean was the last of the drivers to record a lap time, finishing almost nine seconds off the pace. His Lotus team was forced to end its day early once again, with the E22 suffering from further technical gremlins.

Pre-season testing in Bahrain is scheduled to continue at 9am local time (GMT +3) on Sunday

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Saturday 30 August 2014

  2. 18:24

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  3. Márquez beats Dovizioso to Silverstone pole 15:01

    Márquez beats Dovizioso to Silverstone pole

    MotoGP championship leader Marc Márquez claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix in cool and cloudy conditions...

    MotoGP
  4. Maldonado anticipating tough Monza weekend 13:18

    Maldonado anticipating tough Monza weekend

    Pastor Maldonado is anticipating a tough time for Lotus as Formula 1 heads to the high-speed Monza for next weekend's...

    F1
  5. 12:30

    Photos: Red Bull's 50 Formula 1 wins

    F1
  6. Márquez quickest despite fall at Silverstone 10:48

    Márquez quickest despite fall at Silverstone

    Marc Márquez set the fastest time during the third practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, before...

    MotoGP
  7. Aleshin in 'serious but stable' condition 10:09

    Aleshin in 'serious but stable' condition

    SMP Racing driver Mikhail Aleshin is in a 'serious but stable' condition following a violent accident during practice for...

    Indy
  8. Video of the Day: Singapore winner's trophy 05:00

    Video of the Day: Singapore winner's trophy

    View the winner's trophy for this year's Singapore Grand Prix, inspired by the Singapore Airlines logo.

    F1
  9. Aleshin airlifted to hospital after violent crash 04:50

    Aleshin airlifted to hospital after violent crash

    Russian rookie Mikhail Aleshin has been airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in California after a violent...

    Indy
  10. Friday 29 August 2014

  11. Castroneves chips into points lead with Fontana pole 23:57

    Castroneves chips into points lead with Fontana pole

    Helio Castroneves picked up his second pole position of 2014 at the most crucial time possible: On the eve of the...

    Indy
  12. IndyCar to lose Houston, switch Toronto for Mosport 20:17

    IndyCar to lose Houston, switch Toronto for Mosport

    IndyCar confirmed today that the Houston street course would not be a part of the 2015 schedule.   Twice a sight of...

    Indy
  13. Season finale preview: Power heads three-man fight 19:51

    Season finale preview: Power heads three-man fight

    The MAVTV 500 at Fontana will be the ninth consecutive time that the last race of the year will determine the champion, and...

    Indy
  14. 16:00

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Silverstone

    MotoGP
  15. Márquez stays fastest in second practice 15:26

    Márquez stays fastest in second practice

    Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez remained in charge during Friday afternoon's second practice session for the British Grand...

    MotoGP
  16. Mercedes drivers react to crunch talks 14:53

    Mercedes drivers react to crunch talks

    Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have publicly responded to the clear-the-air talks staged at the team's...

    F1
  17. Ex-Caterham staff start legal action 14:26

    Ex-Caterham staff start legal action

    Ex-Caterham staff have started legal action against the F1 team's new owners, claiming unfair dismissal. Having...

    F1
  18. Video: Verstappen drives F1 car in Rotterdam 14:04

    Video: Verstappen drives F1 car in Rotterdam

    Max Verstappen made his first public outing in Formula 1 machinery on Friday, the 16-year-old getting behind the wheel of a...

    F1
  19. Rosberg accepts responsibility for Spa clash 13:07

    Rosberg accepts responsibility for Spa clash

    Nico Rosberg has "acknowledged his responsibility" and apologised for clashing with team-mate Lewis Hamilton at last...

    F1
  20. Márquez tops opening Silverstone practice 11:08

    Márquez tops opening Silverstone practice

    Marc Márquez set the pace during Friday morning's opening practice session for the British Grand Prix at...

    MotoGP
  21. Verstappen compares driving style to Alonso 09:44

    Verstappen compares driving style to Alonso

    Newly-signed Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen, son of ex-Formula 1 star Jos, claims that his driving style is closest to...

    F1
  22. 09:30

    Photos: Kovalainen drives DTM car

    DTM
  23. Kovalainen completes BMW DTM test 09:29

    Kovalainen completes BMW DTM test

    Ex-Formula 1 driver and Grand Prix winner Heikki Kovalainen made his DTM testing debut with BMW on Thursday, getting behind...

    DTM
  24. Video of the Day: Hamilton at Goodwood 05:00

    Video of the Day: Hamilton at Goodwood

    Watch highlights from Lewis Hamilton's visit to this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

    F1
  25. Thursday 28 August 2014

  26. 16:11

    Photos: Márquez crosses the River Thames

    MotoGP
  27. Accident at Toro Rosso construction site 14:53

    Accident at Toro Rosso construction site

    Toro Rosso says two construction workers have been injured while working on a new factory building. The outfit reports...

    F1
  28. Webber: Mercedes not a team at the moment 12:04

    Webber: Mercedes not a team at the moment

    Mark Webber says there is a lack of cohesion at Mercedes as its drivers fight for individual glory. While the...

    F1
  29. Video: Caterham takes ice bucket challenge 10:43

    Video: Caterham takes ice bucket challenge

    The Caterham Formula 1 team takes the ALS ice bucket challenge.

    F1
  30. Button admits retirement is possible 10:14

    Button admits retirement is possible

    Jenson Button has admitted that he could be forced into retirement at the end of the 2014 season. McLaren is taking time...

    F1
  31. Jordan: Mercedes rudderless without Brawn 09:49

    Jordan: Mercedes rudderless without Brawn

    If Ross Brawn was still in charge at Mercedes, the collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand...

    F1
  32. IndyCar adds New Orleans to 2015 roster 09:12

    IndyCar adds New Orleans to 2015 roster

    IndyCar will race in New Orleans next season, with the Grand Prix of Louisiana being added to the roster. The race will...

    Indy
  33. Video of the Day: Red Bull goes infrared 05:00

    Video of the Day: Red Bull goes infrared

    FLIR, a Red Bull partner, captured some unique footage at the recent Gamma Racing Day in Assen.

    F1
  34. Wednesday 27 August 2014

  35. Vettel gets new race engineer for 2015 15:17

    Vettel gets new race engineer for 2015

    Red Bull has confirmed that Gianpiero Lambiase will become Sebastian Vettel's new race engineer from the 2015 season, after...

    F1
  36. Video: Rosberg's ice bucket challenge 13:30

    Video: Rosberg's ice bucket challenge

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg takes the ALS ice bucket challenge.

    F1
  37. Frijns management denies GP2 speculation 11:58

    Frijns management denies GP2 speculation

    The management team behind Robin Frijns has denied that the Dutchman is pondering a GP2 return. According to media...

    F1
  38. Yamaha 'confident' of Silverstone victory 11:15

    Yamaha 'confident' of Silverstone victory

    Yamaha Team Director Massimo Meregalli says he is "confident" that the Japanese manufacturer has what it takes to claim its...

    MotoGP
  39. McLaren admits drivers 'uncomfortable' over futures 10:33

    McLaren admits drivers 'uncomfortable' over futures

    McLaren admits that the uncertainty over its line-up for 2015 and beyond has left Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen feeling...

    F1
  40. Mark Sutton: Story behind the shot - Belgium 09:56

    Mark Sutton: Story behind the shot - Belgium

    Especially for lovers of motorsport photography, GPUpdate.net is this season running a feature series entitled Story behind...

    F1
  41. Renault with 'renewed confidence' for Monza 09:00

    Renault with 'renewed confidence' for Monza

    Renault has said it will go to the Italian Grand Prix next week with "renewed confidence". The French manufacturer took...

    F1
  42. Video of the Day: Wind tunnel guide - Part 7 05:00

    Video of the Day: Wind tunnel guide - Part 7

    Sauber's Head of Aerodynamics, Willem Toet, continues his talk on the science of F1 wind tunnel design.

    F1
  43. Tuesday 26 August 2014

  44. Video: Onboard with Vettel in Sochi 18:05

    Video: Onboard with Vettel in Sochi

    Join Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel as he becomes the first ever Formula 1 driver to do a lap of the Sochi Autodrom, venue for...

    F1
  45. Ecclestone: Greece 'keen' to hold F1 race 17:30

    Ecclestone: Greece 'keen' to hold F1 race

    Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that a grand prix in Greece is still a possibility, even though the...

    F1
more news