Test report - Bahrain Day 3, 21 February 2014
|Location||Bahrain International Circuit|
|Best Lap Time||1m34.976s|
For the third day of the test in Bahrain, Jenson took over driving duties from Kevin Magnussen, continuing the general set-up and evaluative work that the Dane had initiated on Wednesday and Thursday.
Jenson completed a mammoth 103 laps today, a tally which included the MP4-29's first full race-distance, which was completed in the afternoon.
Jenson said: "Today was a really busy session – my engineers looked exhausted afterwards, and I’ve never seen that before!
"It was good to put some laps on the car without any major issues. We actually did a race distance in the afternoon, and it was nice to do that so early in testing. Still, that session showed us we still have a lot of work to do.
“The thing we really need to focus on is fully understanding fuel-saving, and the communication required between the driver and engineer. I think we’ll get on top of things, though, because we’re traditionally very good at that.
"We’re in a reasonable position: today was positive because we gathered so much information. There’s still a lot of work to do before the first race; we’d like to be faster, but when you look at other test days, you’d say we’re in reasonable shape."
What's next: Jenson wraps up the final day of the test.
Test dates: Four days (February 19-22)
Bahrain testing times – Friday February 21
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1m 34.263s||67|
|2||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes||1m 34.976s||103|
|3||Felipe Massa||Williams||1m 37.066s||60|
|4||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber||1m 37.180s||96|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India||1m 37.367s||57|
|6||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||1m 37.476||44|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m 38.974s||57|
|8||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus||1m 39.642s||26|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1m 40.781s||28|
|10||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham||1m 42.130s||98|
|11||Max Chilton||Marussia||1m 46.672s||4|