Sergio Perez tops opening day test in Bahrain

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez

Force India’s Sergio Perez topped the times on the opening day of the third and final Formula 1 pre-season test at Bahrain.

The Mexican managed to bank 104 laps around the Sakhir circuit producing a best time of 1:35.290s.

The time was 0.894s quicker than the Williams of Valtteri Bottas while Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest for Ferrari.

The Renault powered teams continued to struggle with Red Bull only managing to set the seventh fastest time with Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian completed 39 laps before overheating issues curtailed his day.

He will continue behind the wheel on the second day which will be his last before the Australian Grand Prix season opener in two weeks.

Mercedes was fourth fastest with Nico Rosberg just 1.334s adrift of the benchmark time set by Perez as the team concentrated on race simulation runs.

Adrian Sutil gave Sauber encouragement with 88 trouble free laps culminating in the fifth quickest time.

Marussia enjoyed their best testing performance of pre-season with Max Chilton setting the eighth fastest time outpacing the likes of Danil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) and Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham).

Results below from Day 1 of second Bahrain pre-season F1 test

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sergio Perez Force India – Mercedes 1:35.290 104 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas Williams – Mercedes 1:36.184 +0.894s 127 laps
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.432 +1.142s  53 laps
4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.624 +1.334s  89 laps
5. Adrian Sutil Sauber Ferrari 1:37.700 +2.410s  88 laps
6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren – Mercedes 1:37.825 +2.535s 109 laps
7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull – Renault 1:37.908 +2.618s  35 laps
8. Max Chilton Marussia – Ferrari 1:38.610 +3.320s  44 laps
9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso – Renault 1:39.242 +3.952s  56 laps
10. Pastor Maldonado Lotus – Renault 1:40.599 +5.309s  31 laps
11. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham – Renault 1:42.285 +6.995s  19 laps


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