F1 2014

Jerez Day Two – Button Fastest

The second day of 2014 Formula One testing at Jerez finished with Jenson Button at the top of the timesheets for McLaren, more than a second ahead of nearest rival Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari.

The Briton diced with former McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez as the track dried up after overnight rain, but surged ahead after the lunch break to clock a 1:24:165.

Pirelli added to the moisture on the circuit at first light by using a water bowser to further saturate the track to allow teams to test the 2014 wet weather compounds provided by the Italian supplier. Button went fastest on his second lap in the MP4/29, vying with Perez in the Force India VJM07 as the temperature rose and the circuit dried.

Nico Rosberg set an impressive pace in the Mercedes and racked up an impressive tally of laps, single handedly driving more than all the cars had combined on day one. In similar fine shape was Valtteri Bottas, the Williams proving reliable at this early stage while rivals Force India and Sauber faltered; Perez sat out the afternoon after his car cooked itself at turn one, and Esteban Gutierrez blotted his copybook with a spin into the turn five gravel just before lunch.

However, while Perez was stricken, Gutierrez returned to the track later on. There was grief for Renault-powered teams however, with Caterham and Red Bull both running into difficulty. World Champion Sebastian Vettel had to miss most of the day’s running after his turbo expired in a cloud of smoke inside the Red Bull garage, while repeated issues kept Marcus Ericsson out of the action for a large part of the morning. When he did get out on track, his run lasted a mere three laps before he too ground to a halt at turn one.

TIMES – JEREZ DAY TWO 29th January 2014

POS DRIVER TEAM LAPTIME LAPS
1 Button McLaren 1:24:165 43
2 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24:812 46
3 Bottas Williams 1:25:344 35
4 Rosberg Mercedes 1:25:588 96
5 Perez Force India 1:28:376 37
6 Gutierrez Sauber 1:33:270 53
7 Ericsson Caterham 1:37:975 11
8 Vettel Red Bull 1:38:320 8
Esteban Gutierrez laps his Sauber at Jerez.

Esteban Gutierrez laps his Sauber at Jerez.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen takes a break in the garage between runs.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen takes a break in the garage between runs.

Valtteri Bottas prepares to leave the Williams garage fitted with a pair of Pirelli inters.

Valtteri Bottas prepares to leave the Williams garage fitted with a pair of Pirelli inters.

Raikkonen ended the day 2nd fastest with no major issues.

Raikkonen ended the day 2nd fastest with no major issues.

McLaren cockpit detail, Jenson Button.

McLaren cockpit detail, Jenson Button.

Nico Rosberg completed 96 laps on a strong day for Mercedes.

Nico Rosberg completed 96 laps on a strong day for Mercedes.

Ericsson leaves the Caterham garage. He only completed 11 laps during the day, but at least beat the Red Bull of reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel...

Ericsson leaves the Caterham garage. He only completed 11 laps during the day, but at least beat the Red Bull of reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel…

...who missed the afternoon running when an ERS problem coupled to a turbo issue saw his car catch fire in the garage.

…who missed the afternoon running when an ERS problem coupled to a turbo issue saw his car catch fire in the garage.

Gutierrez recovered from a morning spin to set 6th fastest time for Sauber.

Gutierrez recovered from a morning spin to set 6th fastest time for Sauber.

Jenson Button carried a tribute to his recently departed father on his helmet.

Jenson Button carried a tribute to his recently departed father on his helmet.

The McLaren MP4/29's rear end attracted much attention throughout the day.

The McLaren MP4/29’s rear end attracted much attention throughout the day.

Raikkonen leaves the pitlane early in the morning.

Raikkonen leaves the pitlane early in the morning.

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