Lewis Hamilton continued where team-mate Nico Rosberg left off yesterday and continued Mercedes dominance of F1 2014 by setting fastest time in the second day of the first in-season test at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain.
The Englishman completed 120 laps, the only driver to pass the 100 mark as Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus all hit issues that affected their running.
Hamilton’s 1:34:136 was a colossal 1.5 seconds quicker than Jean Eric Vergne in his Toro Rosso, who moved up to 2nd fastest time after Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren MP4/29 was pitched off the circuit with a suspension failure – the Dane thankfully unharmed.
The same couldn’t be said for Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari F14T, when engineers discovered damage to the chassis that meant the Scuderia had to abandon their test after just 12 laps in the morning. Pastor Maldonado wracked up a mere 4 laps for Lotus before handing over to Romain Grosjean, but the Frenchman didn’t get much further and broke down after just 17 laps.
At Sauber, Giedo van der Garde made a welcome return to the cockpit for the first time since he drove for Caterham in last season’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
CLASSIFICATION – TIMES – DAY TWO – Bahrain In-Season Test 9th Apr 2014
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