Like the cars equipped with engine Renault, Romain Grosjean began timidly testing in Bahrain covering only eight laps.
No ceremony, no photo shoot Wednesday morning. For the first appearance in this year’s tests E22 (the team was not present at Jerez in late January), Lotus F1 has discretion.
Driving a car displaying a surprising dual snout (one of the two part is longer than the other), Romain Grosjean to catch up on other teams present in Spain aimed. The Habs had to settle for about eight laps and a time to eight seconds of the best time (1’44” 832) … A discrete input but not so surprising when it is remembered the ordeal of the other teams powered by the Renault block Andalusia recently matter.
In the desert, the Iberian scenario was repeated with even a bit of trouble on the side of Red Bull in particular. Sebastian Vettel could cover 14 loops Circuit Sakhir, more than three seconds of time at the top of the hierarchy. Stuck in the booth in the morning, he was finally able to jump in the second part of the day but was forced to stop on the track due to overheating in the rear of the car. We could even see the world champion extinguisher hand behind his RB10. Toro Rosso has not had much success with Kvyat (5 turns). The good news came from the clan Caterham, also powered by a Renault block, which could swallow 67 laps with Frijns.
The Dutch, however CT05 sign a time far removed from those of the Force India Nico Hulkenberg in 1’35” 880 (78 laps) top the standings at the end of the day.
The German ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (1’37” 879 64 laps) and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton (1’37” 908). Mercedes-Ferrari is currently testing the winning ticket pre-season which will continue for three days in the Kingdom of the Middle East.
Rankings Test On Wednesday:
1. Nico Hulkenberg (GER / Force India) 1:36.880 (78 laps)
2. Fernando Alonso (ESP / Ferrari) 1:37.879 (64 laps)
3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1:37.908 (74 laps)
4. Kevin Magnussen (DEN / McLaren) 1:38.295 (81 laps)
5. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Red Bull) 1:40.224 (14 laps)
6. Adrian Sutil (GER / Sauber) 1:40.443 (82 laps)
7. Frijns (NED / Caterham) 1:42.534 (68 laps)
8. Kvyat (RUS / Toro Rosso) 1:44.346 (5 turns)
9. Romain Grosjean (FRA / Lotus) 1:44.832 (8 laps)
Felipe Massa (BRA / Williams-Mercedes), 5 rounds
Jules Bianchi (FRA / Marussia-Ferrari), 3 rounds