Nico Hulkenberg set the pace for Force India in the F1 test in Bahrain, completing 78 laps with a best time of 1m36.880s. Pole position last year was 1m32.3s. The indications are that once again the times are not to be taken as a guideline for actual performance as teams are clearly still doing different programmes with the new engines. Hulkenberg was a full second clear of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari, which did 64 laps, while Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes, just behind Fernando (1m37.908s). Kevin Magnussen was fourth after 81 laps with a 1m38.295s. Adrian Sutil did 68 laps to set the sixth fastest time for Sauber (1m40.443s) but he was behind Sebastian Vettel, who did only 14 laps but recorded a 1m 40.224s. The other man to do a lot of laps was seventh-quickest Robin Frijns (Caterham), who recorded a 1m42.534s after 68 laps. This was by far the most mileage achieved by a Renault-powered car. Daniil Kvyat managed just five laps in his Toro Rosso-Renault, Romain Grosjean did 8 in his Lotus, while Felipe Massa (Williams) and Jules Bianchi (Marussia) struggled with problems. Grosjean reported problems with the Renault energy store unit. Vettel’s troubles were “unrelated to the issues in Jerez”, while Massa had a fuel system problem that required the engine to be pulled out to examine the fuel cell. Bianchi’s problems related to “IT configuration”.