Yesterday, Perez set a 1m35.290 in the Mercedes-powered VJM07. Today, his fastest time was a 1m35.570.
|Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India (Photo: Sahara Force India)|
“It has been another busy day with lots of miles completed and a great deal learned,” said Andrew Green, Technical Director at Sahara Force India.
“The programme this morning involved assessing a different set-up direction compared to yesterday, which will help in our decision-making going into Melbourne. After lunch we switched to extended runs using several of the tires compounds available to us”.
|Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing (Photo: WRI2)|
Driving the Ferrari F14 T, Fernando Alonso was second quickest. In the morning, Alonso continued with development work on the car, trying various changes to the set-up and running a comparison of some aerodynamic parts. In the afternoon, the Spaniard completed a race simulation with live pits tops.
Red Bull Racing made significant progress, with Daniel Ricciardo recording 66 largely trouble-free laps and claiming the third time. The team was also able to get in some pit stop practice and conduct a number of background tests and aerodynamic evaluations.
Williams’ Felipe Massa ranked fourth in the Mercedes-powered FW36. The British team worked on aero evaluation, race simulation and set-up.
|Jenson Button, McLaren (Photo: WRI2)|
Jenson Button followed in fifth place in the McLaren MP4-29. Button’s run programme was affected by a gearbox issue – just as he was about to begin a late-morning race simulation run. However, the mechanics were able to get the car running for the final 75 minutes of the session, enabling him to get a long-run under his belt before the chequered.
Jules Bianchi planted the Marussia-Ferrari in sixth place overall, ahead of Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG.
The Mercedes’ programme targeted a race simulation programme in the morning, followed by setup work in the afternoon. Hamilton completed 61 laps before the lunch break. A further 28 laps followed in the afternoon, before a gearbox problem curtailed running with 90 minutes remaining.
|Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber (Photo: WRI2)|
Jean-Eric Vergne was 8th In the Toro Rosso, followed by Esteban Gutierrez in the Sauber, Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus and Marcus Ericsson in the Caterham.
The Lotus suffered a localised fire in the car which ended the team’s running early and caused a reasonable amount of damage to the E22.
Third and final winter test session, Bahrain, Day 2*:
Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Sergio Perez Force India 1m35.570 108 laps
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m35.634 122
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m35.743 66
4 Felipe Massa Williams 1m36.507 103
5 Jenson Button McLaren 1m36.901 52
6 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m38.092 75
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1m39.041 89
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m39.636 61
9 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m39.976 106
10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m41.613 31
11 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1m42.516 55
|Jules Bianchi, Marussia (Photo: WRI2)|