Day two in Bahrain pre season testing and Red Bull Racing seem to be making some progress. The team completing 59 laps today, which is considering that testing up until now for Red Bull has comprised of the team completing just a handful of laps. Its definite progress for the team even if the on track running is managing is still in short sections.
Personally I believe Red Bull having a reasonably competitive but difficult car this season is better for F1 than a complete meltdown season in which the reigning champions have no chance of competing for podiums, yet alone wins. It gives the champions at the end of the season further credibility if the rivals are competitive and it creates a better season for us as fans to enjoy.
Elsewhere, Mercedes had a challenging start to the day with two stoppages on track, which adds an interesting dynamic considering the mileage the team has produced in pre season testing so far.
Toro Rosso seem to having a stronger day as well, The team is progressing, Still having some on track issues however placing a lot more mileage than yesterday, In fact by lunchtime, Vergne had completed the most mileage of anyone.
Lotus had the engine issues this morning that most faced in Jerez however the team is progressing, completing 15 laps on day two added to the eight yesterday and the additional 22 laps, the team did in its “promotional” day at Jerez, all in all The team doesn’t seem to be have being too compromised so far considering its later start in testing.
During the afternoon, Kevin Magnussen closed the gap on the 2013 pole time to within 2.6 seconds so progress in terms of overall lap times is becoming stronger as the test goes on, with qualifying simulations yet to come.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.910s 46 2. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m36.445s +1.535s 59 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.516s +1.606s 97 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.965s +2.055s 85 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m37.328s +2.418s 116 6. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m39.855s +4.945s 66 7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m40.340s +5.430s 59 8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m40.609s +5.699s 58 9. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.717s +5.807s 55 10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m41.670s +6.760s 18 11. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m42.511s +7.601s 17