The third day of the Williams F1 teams second Bahrain test would see Felipe Massa again driving and it would see a positive result. Felipe would set the fastest time of the day and also would complete 99 laps showing continued reliability with the 2014 FW36.
01:03:2014 Day Three
Chassis / Engine: FW36-03 / PU106A Hybrid
Location: Bahrain International Circuit 5.412km
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up work and qualifying simulation
Weather: Hot and Sunny Maximum air & track temps: 29ēC / 37ēC
After having spent the first two days of their final Bahrain test assessing
race performance through several race simulations it was now reported that
the final two days would see the Williams F1 team push to assess their pace.
How quick will the Williams Mercedes be? Felipe would complete his
installation lap as the team confirmed that performance w3ould be there focus for the day. Felipe would
return to the track and set a 1m:39.494 and would continue to set laps in
the 1m:39s. After a short run Felipe would pit but he would return shortly
after and after an hour and a half of the morning session Felipe had
completed fourteen laps.
Felipe would return to the track for his next run and would get straight
down to quicker times setting a 1m:37.224 followed by another lap in the
1m:37s. This would see Felipe quickest with Hulkenberg second. Wit nearly
three hours of the day complete Felipe was back at work completing forty
eight laps up until the lunch break. Felipe would complain about the wind and how it was impacting
on his lap times. With the afternoon session getting underway Magnussen
would move ahead of Felipe with a 1m:36.172, 1.052 seconds faster than the
Williams but running on the super softs. Another driver would also improve
to go second,
Raikkonen, with a 1m:36.993.
Felipe was back out but running in a race mode as his lap times were in the
1m:41s. Felipe would pit having now completed sixty two laps. He would be
delayed by a further red flag. With a green flag Felipe would return and was
straight into the 1m:38s. More drivers would start to show some pace with
Rosberg going second only to be passed by Hulkenberg. This would see Felipe now fifth
having completed seventy eight laps. Felipe would again pit allow the team
to try further changes to the FW36. It would be on his next run that Felipe
would set the quickest time recorded at the current Bahrain test. Felipe had
set a 1m:34.450 to be ahead of Rosberg and Kvyat, who had been quickest running on the super soft
tyre. Felipe would set a 1m:34.892 again faster than anyone today. After
this run Felipe would pit taking the time to talk to his race engineer prior
to his next run. Felipe had completed eighty three laps while for his last
run he was on the super soft Pirelli tyre.
But Rosberg would take to the track on the super soft tyre setting a
1m:33.484 to go fastest by 0.966 over Felipe. Felipe would respond by
setting a 1m:33.258 to be 0.226 ahead of the Mercedes. Felipe's time was the
fastest so far across both Bahrain test sessions. As the day drew to a close
the Raikkonen would move into third followed by Magnussen with ten minutes
remaining. With the end of the day Felipe would complete ninety nine laps in
what was another very positive day for the Williams F1 team.
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: Having covered most of the
bases in terms of reliability, we concentrated more on performance today as
we had planned to do. As we don't get the opportunity to test very much on a
race weekend, we really look to do some significant tests when we have the
tyres available to do so and we did some pretty positive tests today to
continue learning about the car. This afternoon we did a full qualifying
simulation with Felipe and we are pleased with how that turned out, so it's
been a good day for us.
Felipe Massa: We had a very good day today doing almost 100 laps. We
did a lot more performance work in the car which is something that we
haven't done so much of so far. I'm really happy with the car and feel we
found a good balance. We did so much work on the set-up but it is very
important that we go to Australia prepared. Of course you are always happy
when you see your name at the top in first place, but as well as
performance, today was good for the mileage and reliability of the car which
we know is needed for Australia. You can never be sure that you are 100%
ready for the first race, but I feel that what we have done in these days
testing has been important for making sure that we have a car that can not
only get to the end of the race, but that will have good performance as
Williams will be back on track tomorrow, Sunday 2 March, with Valtteri
Bottas in the Williams Mercedes FW36 for the fourth and final day of the
Driver Team Best Time Best / Total Laps
1 F Massa Williams 1:33.258 97 / 99
2 N Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:33.484 100 / 103
3 K Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:35.426 86 / 87
4 K Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1:35.894 82 / 88
5 D Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.113 52 / 81
6 N Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:36.205 98 / 115
7 J Bianchi Marussia 1:37.087 74 / 78
8 M Ericsson Caterham F1 Team 1:38.083 112 / 117
9 R Grosjean Lotus 1:42.166 16 / 33
10 A Sutil Sauber F1 Team No time 0 / 1
11 S Vettel Infiniti Red Bull No time 0 / 1
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