Felipe Massa set the fastest time of the penultimate day of winter testing in Bahrain, lapping the track in 1m33.258s, after 99 laps of running. The team spent the day working on performance running and then a full qualifying simulation. The lap time is the best so far recorded this year, beating Nico Rosberg’s 1m33.283s on the final day of the first Bahrain test. Rosberg was not far behind Massa, recording a 1m33.484s lap, but completing 103 laps, a good effort after a late start to the day because of a precautionary engine change. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari, but the Finn’s best lap time was nearly two seconds slower than Rosberg, although Kimi managed to record 87 laps. He lost part of the day because the mechanics had to dismantle the back of the car to fix “a connector”.
Kevin Magnussen was was next in his McLaren, a few tenths slower than Kimi (his lap time was a 1m35.894s). He did 88 laps, losing time as the result of an electrical problem in the morning.
Scuderia Toro Rosso managed to get more laps done with Daniil Kvyat fifth quickest with a 1m36.113s after 81 laps, while Nico Hulkenberg completed 115 laps with his Force India for a best time of 1m36.205s and Jules Bianchi did a solid 78 laps in the Marussia with a best of 1m37.087s. Marcus Ericsson was the last of those who managed to run a lot of laps, completing 117 laps with a best of 1m38.083s.
Lotus was in some difficulties with Romain Grosjean doing just 33 laps and recording a best of 1m42.166s, as a result wiring trouble followed by a power unit problem, while neither Adrian Sutil (Sauber), nor Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) were able to record any lap times. Sutil suffered “an anomaly on the engine” which needed to be changed. The replacement took longer than anticipated and so he did no further running. Vettel suffered an electrical problem on his first lap out of the pits. The problem was solved and he went for a second run but the car stopped in the pit lane. The team then discovered a leak but there was not enough time to fix before the test ended.