F1: Jerez test round-up

F1: Jerez test round-up

Formula 1

F1: Jerez test round-up


ABOVE: Felipe Massa and Williams were among the relatively satisfied at Jerez. (LAT photos)

Kevin Magnussen put McLaren at the top of the week’s times while reigning champion Red Bull suffered a torrid four days in Formula 1’s opening pre–season test of 2014 at the Spanish circuit of Jerez.

Acclimatizing to the most sweeping rule changes in the sport’s recent history – in particular the new V6 turbocharged engines – largely dictated the tempo in Spain this week.

Red Bull suffered most, clocking up just 21 laps across the week as overheating issues, coupled with wider power unit dramas for Renault, blighted its early preparations.

Red Bull suffered most, clocking up just 21 laps across the week as overheating issues, coupled with wider power unit dramas for Renault, blighted its early preparations.


Jerez car launches
Red Bull
Force India
Toro Rosso

Mercedes, by contrast, looked ominously strong as both a constructor and an engine supplier. Teams using Mercedes power clocked up 875 laps in total – compared to 151 for Renault – while Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton managed a combined 309 laps.

Ferrari, too, ran well, with Kimi Raikkonen topping the opening day of the test and Fernando Alonso second only to Rosberg in the mileage chart.

While that figure was ultimately the most important barometer for teams given the sheer number of new processes to learn and assimilate, McLaren still had the honor of setting the early season pace courtesy of its new rookie recruit.

Magnussen hit the front on his first official day as a grand prix driver, and with day four affected by poor weather his 1m23.276s was enough to seal top spot by just under half a second.

Felipe Massa was his nearest challenger, as a strong start to life with Williams left him second overall and top in the slippery conditions of the final day.

Hamilton, Jenson Button and Valtteri Bottas emphasized Mercedes’ emphatic start by all sealing top–six spots, with Raikkonen (fifth) and Alonso (seventh) the only non–Mercedes–powered drivers in the top 10.

The latter, along with several others, moved on to attempting much longer runs in the final afternoon, only for their stints to be spoiled by a trio of red flags – the latter two for Magnussen, who ended his test in the Turn 10 barriers.

That meant Rosberg was the first and only man to do a full race simulation, putting an extra luster on the German manufacturer’s resoundingly impressive opening to F1’s new era.

Combined times:

Pos Driver             Team                  Time        Gap      Day
 1. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren–Mercedes      1m23.276s            Thurs
 2. Felipe Massa       Williams–Mercedes     1m23.700s   +0.424s  Thurs
 3. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m23.952s   +0.676s  Thurs
 4. Jenson Button      McLaren–Mercedes      1m24.165s   +0.889s  Weds
 5. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m24.812s   +1.536s  Weds
 6. Valtteri Bottas    Williams–Mercedes     1m25.344s   +2.068s  Weds
 7. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m25.495s   +2.219s  Thurs
 8. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m25.588s   +2.312s  Weds
 9. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India–Mercedes  1m26.096s   +2.820s  Thurs
10. Sergio Perez       Force India–Mercedes  1m28.376s   +5.100s  Weds
11. Daniel Juncadella  Force India–Mercedes  1m29.457s   +6.181s  Fri
12. Jean–Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso–Renault    1m29.915s   +6.639s  Thurs
13. Adrian Sutil       Sauber–Ferrari        1m30.161s   +6.885s  Thurs
14. Jules Bianchi      Marussia–Ferrari      1m32.222s   +8.946s  Fri
15. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber–Ferrari        1m33.270s   +9.994s  Weds
16. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham–Renault      1m37.795s  +14.519s  Weds
17. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull–Renault      1m38.820s  +15.544s  Weds
18. Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham–Renault      1m43.193s  +19.917s  Fri
19. Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso–Renault    1m44.016s  +20.740s  Fri
20. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull–Renault      1m45.374s  +22.098s  Fri
21. Robin Frijns       Caterham–Renault      No time              Thurs
22. Max Chilton        Marussia–Ferrari      No time              Thurs

Mileage by driver

    Driver             Team                   Laps    Kms
 1. Nico Rosberg       Mercedes               188     832
 2. Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                173     766
 3. Kevin Magnussen    McLaren–Mercedes       162     717
 4. Felipe Massa       Williams–Mercedes      133     588
 5. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes               121     535
 6. Adrian Sutil       Sauber–Ferrari         103     456
 7. Jenson Button      McLaren–Mercedes        83     367
 8. Daniel Juncadella  Force India–Mercedes    81     358
 9. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                 78     345
10. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber–Ferrari          60     265
11. Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham–Renault        54     239
12. Sergio Perez       Force India–Mercedes    48     212
13. Jean–Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso–Renault      45     199
14. Valtteri Bottas    Williams–Mercedes       42     185
15. Jules Bianchi      Marussia–Ferrari        25     110
16. Nico Hulkenberg    Force India–Mercedes    17      75 
17. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham–Renault        12      53 
18. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull–Renault        11      48 
19. Robin Frijns       Caterham–Renault        10      44 
20. Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull–Renault        10      44 
21. Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso–Renault       9      39
22. Max Chilton        Marussia–Ferrari         5      22

Mileage by team

 1. Team                   Laps                Kms
 2. Mercedes                309               1368
 3. Ferrari                 251               1111
 4. McLaren                 245               1084
 5. Williams                175                774
 6. Sauber                  163                721
 7. Force India             146                646
 8. Caterham                 76                336
 9. Toro Rosso               54                239
10. Marussia                 30                132
11. Red Bull                 21                 92 

Mileage by engine manufacturer

    Engine                 Laps                Kms
 1. Mercedes               875                3874
 2. Ferrari                444                1966
 3. Renault                151                 668