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Bahrain F1 test 2: Red Bull in crisis as Massa sets pace

Sebastian Vettel managed just four corners in total on the penultimate day of testing while Felipe Massa set the fastest time of testing so far for Williams
See the full times at the end of day three in Bahrain.

Red Bull suffered the worst day of its pre-season so far as Sebastian Vettel failed to complete more than four corners on a day when Felipe Massa set the pace for Williams.

Vettel took more than two hours to emerge in the RB10 in the morning session and promptly stopped at the exit of Turn 4, spending a lot of time looking at the rear of his car before it was recovered.

If that wasn't bad enough, when Vettel next tried to complete his first lap he only made it as far as the pit lane exit before stopping and had to push the Red Bull back up to the garage where it would remain for the rest of the day. The end result is that Vettel has completed just 85 laps in total so far this pre-season, less than six cars managed on Saturday alone.

Things look a lot better for Williams though, and Massa caught the eye with a best time of 1:33.258; the quickest lap time set so far in Bahrain during testing. It was the first time Nico Rosberg's mark from the first test had been bettered, but Rosberg was again quick as he set the second fastest lap with a 1:33.484 and also completed over 100 laps.

Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest for Ferrari and recovered well from a lack of running in the morning session to complete a race simulation and total 87 laps by the end of the day. The Ferrari was 0.4s quicker than Kevin Magnussen, with an issue before lunch confining him to the McLaren garage for 90 minutes.

For the third day in succession, Lotus hit trouble with the E22. With Pastor Maldonado completing 31 laps on each of the first two days before ending his running early, Romain Grosjean's day came to a premature end after 33 laps due to an MGU-K problem.

Issues were not solely confined to Renault-powered cars though, with Adrian Sutil's Sauber catching fire as he returned from his installation lap, meaning he also ended the day with just one lap against his name.

The most encouraging signs for Renault came in the form of Daniil Kvyat's pace – fifth fastest with a best time of 1:36.113 – and Caterham's reliability as Marcus Ericsson completed the most laps with 116.

See the full times at the end of day three in Bahrain.

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March 01, 2014 2:43 PM

It started looking a bit more promising for RBR yesterday but today's been a complete shambles, if they weren't worried before (and I think they were) they certainly should be now. Impressive time from Massa, it might be too early to say but it would be great to see Williams return to the front end of the grid.


March 01, 2014 3:13 PM

Would absolutely love to see Massa come good when the racing starts and see him beat Alonso and Raikkonen. One of the nicest guys in the paddock too. Also to see Williams return to the podium a regular basis. Looks promising so far.

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