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Jerez F1 test: Button quickest but Red Bull hits trouble

McLaren finally emerged on the second day of the first test and set the fastest time, but Sebastian Vettel managed just 8 laps at Jerez
Jenson Button set the quickest time of the second day of testing at Jerez as Red Bull hit yet more reliability issues.

The new McLaren finally appeared for the first time on Wednesday morning and Button completed 43 laps with a best time of 1:24.165. That tally alone was almost half the amount of laps completed in total by all the teams on Tuesday, with the second day seeing much more running.

However, for Red Bull there has been precious little track time as Sebastian Vettel completed just eight laps before a reported energy store issue curtailed his day. That meant the 2013 drivers' champion has driven just 11 laps in the RB10 across his two days in the car before handing over to Daniel Ricciardo tomorrow.

Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest for Ferrari, less than a second slower than Button and just ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the Williams and the impressive Mercedes. Nico Rosberg completed 97 laps – more than the entire field managed on the first day – despite not emerging from the garage until two and a half hours in to the day as Mercedes waited for new parts to arrive following Lewis Hamilton's front wing failure on Tuesday.

Sergio Perez had just begun his 38th lap for Force India when he came to a halt at Turn 1 with smoke emerging from the back of his car. It took a lot of time for the VJM07 to be recovered as the engine cover needed to be removed in order to stop the smoke.

Esteban Gutierrez was the cause of the first red flag of the day as he ran off track at Turn 5 and had to have his Sauber recovered from the gravel. However, he still managed a total of 51 laps, although his best lap time was nine seconds slower than Button.

Marcus Ericsson also gave Caterham its first timed laps but stopped in the afternoon after 11 laps.

With Toro Rosso failing to run all day, Renault-powered cars have completed a total of 38 laps across the opening two days of running, while Mercedes managed 212 on the second day alone and Ferrari 100.

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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10. 29.01.2014. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain.
Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Caterham CT05. 29.01.2014. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07. 29.01.2014. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain.
Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05. 29.01.2014. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain.
Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-29. 29.01.2014. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain.
Williams Martini Racing FW40
McLaren - Honda MCL32
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 F1 launch, [Credit: McLaren]
McLaren MCL32, McLaren-Honda, [Credit: McLaren]
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H

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Anuj Gemawat

January 29, 2014 5:50 PM

Looks like the Mercedes Engine is the one to look out for in the early stages. While Ferrari has only seen major runnng under their own banner, Mercedes has seen all users succeed. Now it is a race between which of them has the best Aero packge to go with the engine. The new Suspension blockers from McLaren seem to have see-sawed them back to the front (atleast for now). Looks like 13 (2013) was really unlucky. I woudnt be surprised before Newey raises an objection to the suspension in the next couple of days. It would be nice for the sport for once to have a innovation approved,which did not come from the bull pen (RBR)


January 29, 2014 10:13 PM

@BT33, Lotus could be in a really bad position tbh. I mean, they have a Renault powered car and atm Renault powered cars seem to be having a lot of issues. They plan on using an 'aggressive' front nose which we don't even know is legal yet. Can't see why it wouldn't be but if it is deemed illegal then they have to splash some more dosh on doing a new design. Not to mention the most obvious fact that with most of the cars having had trouble with the electronics at some point and taking a while to get a good run out of the cars Lotus will likely encounter the same issues in Bahrain by which point the other teams should have more of a handle on these machines. Missing this test most definitely puts them behind imo.

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