Hamilton comfortably fastest on second day

Hamilton comfortably fastest on second day

9 April 2014 – Lewis Hamilton comfortably topped the timesheets on the second and final day of the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test. The Mercedes driver, fresh from his victory in last week's night race at the Sakhir circuit, delivered a best time of 1:34.136 to finish more than a second clear of Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne.

Following on from team-mate Nico Rosberg's pace-setting performance on Tuesday and continuing his Mercedes team's dominance of 2014, Hamilton's quickest effort came in the morning session and placed him three seconds faster than the rest of the field for the majority of the day.

In the final stages of the day, a selection of rivals clocked fresh flying laps to reduce the deficit to Hamilton, with Vergne – 1.4 seconds back – ultimately the closest.

Kevin Magnussen finished third despite a mechanical-related off, just ahead of Sergio Pérez in the Force India. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and Marussia's Jules Bianchi were separated by just 0.006 seconds in fifth and sixth, while Giedo van der Garde placed seventh on his second appearance of the season for Sauber.

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari were more than two seconds back in eighth, having been forced to cut short their programme after just 12 laps when mechanics uncovered further damage to Kimi Räikkönen's chassis.

Caterham rookie Marcus Ericsson recovered from a smoky stoppage to take ninth, in front of Williams reserve Felipe Nasr. Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, another to suffer technical gremlins, brought up the rear.

F1 teams will now switch focus to the Chinese Grand Prix, which takes place from April 18-20

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