Rosberg top on Day 1 of Bahrain test
8 April 2014 – Nico Rosberg set the quickest time and kept Mercedes on top on Tuesday during day one of the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test.
Rosberg, who had to settle for the runners-up spot last weekend behind team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, had a trouble-free day at the Sakhir Circuit, completing 121 laps in total. His best effort was a 1:35.697, which put him 0.367 seconds up on Nico Hülkenberg's Force India.
Fernando Alonso meanwhile was third for Ferrari, and like Hülkenberg, he did almost 70 tours. The Spaniard's best, however, was a 1:36.626, over half a second slower. During the morning the Scuderia concentrated on 'fine tuning various electronic configurations and on taking aerodynamic measurements with constant speed runs down the main straight'. In the afternoon, work was carried out in short runs, lapping to 'evaluate' different set-up choices. Alonso will now remain at the wheel of the F14 T on Wednesday.
Further back, Kevin Magnussen was next up and took P4, seemingly putting McLaren's reliability woes behind them and managing 101 laps. The Dane concluded proceedings just 0.008 seconds off Alonso with the team reporting it undertook some 'in-depth analysis' in order to 'broaden and deepen its understanding' of the MP4-29.
Behind, Valtteri Bottas had a rather less productive day, and did just 28 laps in his Williams, winding up ahead of Marussia's Max Chilton and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in sixth and seventh. Chilton lost time with a hydraulic problem in the morning, but in the end still clocked up 60 laps.
Sauber tester Sergey Sirotkin was eighth, followed by Caterham's Robin Frijns, Lotus man Pastor Maldonado and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat in positions 9 through to 11.
Maldonado did the least laps of any one runner – just 16 – as the Enstone-based team had more reliability problems.
Testing is now scheduled to continue at 9am local time (7am UK time) on Wednesday.