Formula One: 2014 Barcelona In-Season Test Recap

While the first five races of the season have gone exactly as planned for those who paid attention to the pre-season testing, that doesn’t mean that testing follows the same script. With Mercedes testing the new “megaphone” exhaust and the other teams on various testing programs, there were a couple of unexpected drivers and teams topping the time sheets during the second in-season test of 2014.

Day 1 (May 13)

The first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona started wet and ended wet which through everyone’s programs out the window. Coming out on top was the upset fastest driver of the day, Max Chilton in his Marussia. Sure, M4x wouldn’t have been up there if he wasn’t on super-softs and the conditions messed things up but seeing your car on top has to be a massive morale boost for Marussia. Sometimes, feeling good can make you perform better.

Because of the weather, some drivers had some problems. Kimi Raikkonen spun and needed his floor replaced as a result. That was still better than Kamui Kobayashi’s day. He put the car in the wall and Caterham didn’t get the car repaired in time for the second day of testing.

  1. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:26.434
  2. Charles Pic – Lotus-Renault – 1:26.661
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:26.674
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:26.965
  5. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:27.724
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:27.727
  7. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:27.756
  8. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:28.333
  9. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:30.101
  10. Sebastien Buemi – Red Bull-Renault – 1:31.440
  11. Giedo van der Garde – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:31.783

Day 2 (May 14)

f1-2014-barcelona-test-maldonadoThe second day of the test saw the debuts of three drivers that made their maiden runs in Formula One. Spanish driver Daniel Juncadella got his first testing action in while serving as Force India’s reserve driver. Belgian GP2 driver Stoffel Vandoorne got his first taste of F1 action and did so by logging more laps than anyone else. The story was Susie Wolff who got her first F1 run for Williams and was the fastest of the new drivers on the day.

However, the real story was Pastor Maldonado who managed to accomplish two major feats by his standards. He 1) Didn’t crash into anyone or the wall; and 2) Was fastest on the day which means that Renault might not be completely toast for the whole season.

  1. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1:24.871
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:25.805
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:26.480
  4. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:26.972
  5. Susie Wolff – Williams-Mercedes – 1:27.280
  6. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:27.718
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:27.973
  8. Daniel Juncadella – Force India-Mercedes – 1:28.278
  9. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:28.441
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:28.910

f1-2014-barcelona-test-rosberg-mercedes-exhaustI should note that Mercedes ran the so-called “megaphone” exhaust on the second day of testing. In addition to looking ridiculously comical, Rosberg reported that it made little noticeable change to the loudness of the cars. It looks like it’s back to the drawing boards for a solution for the noise levels of the cars. I’d suggest better microphone work to compensate for the quieter engines.

Best Times of the Test

  1. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1:24.871
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:25.805
  3. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:26.434
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari  – 1:26.480
  5. Charles Pic – Lotus-Renault – 1:26.661
  6. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:26.674
  7. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:26.972
  8. Susie Wolff – Williams-Mercedes – 1:27.280
  9. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:27.718
  10. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:27.724
  11. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:27.727
  12. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:27.756
  13. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:27.973
  14. Daniel Juncadella – Force India-Mercedes – 1:28.278
  15. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:28.333
  16. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:28.441
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:28.910
  18. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:30.101
  19. Sebastian Buemi – Red Bull-Renault – 1:31.440
  20. Giedo van der Garde – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:31.783

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