Fernando Alonso

Bahrain GP – A hot afternoon of testing

Sakhir, 19 April –The tenth Bahrain Grand Prix looks like being very closely contested as, at the end of the second free practice session, the top 6 cars were all in the same four tenths of a second.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa ended the day fourth and sixth, with the Spaniard doing a best lap of 1.34.310 on the Medium tyres. Massa posted a 1.34.552 on the Mediums. Quickest was Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus in 1.34.154. The Scuderia Ferrari men completed a total of 63 trouble-free laps.

The main tasks on the engineers’ job sheets centred on looking at various updates introduced this weekend, as well as some that had made their debut in Shanghai last week. In the second part of the session, Fernando and Felipe carried out the usual long runs, acquiring plenty of data in order to check the performance of the F138 in the same conditions in which the race will be run.

As usual at this event, it’s hot: 33 degrees the ambient temperature and 41 on the track surface, however, like yesterday another light rain shower hit the circuit, lasting just a couple of minutes, which is hardly usual in these parts.

 

ALONSO – chassis 299

MASSA – chassis 300

First Session

P2

1:34.564

19 laps

P1

1:34.487

11 laps

                                        Weather:  air 34/36 °C, track 44/47 °C. Sunny

Second Session

P4

1:34.310

29 laps

P6

1:34.552

34 laps

                                         Weather:  air 33/36 °C, track 42/45 °C. Sunny

 

 

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:34.154 31
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:34.184 0.030 26
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:34.282 0.128 29
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:34.310 0.156 29
5 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:34.543 0.389 35
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:34.552 0.398 34
7 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:34.631 0.477 33
8 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.666 0.512 37
9 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:34.932 0.778 33
10 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.976 0.822 29
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.356 1.202 32
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:35.506 1.352 36
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.589 1.435 37
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:35.761 1.607 33
15 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.133 1.979 36
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:36.279 2.125 33
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:36.579 2.425 28
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.616 2.462 34
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:37.061 2.907 33
20 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.313 3.159 33
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:37.363 3.209 29
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:37.970 3.816 34

 

 

 

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