Jerez Review: All the numbers from Formula 1’s first test of the 2014 season

Four days of testing at Jerez kick started the 2014 Formula 1 season

Formula 1’s new era got underway with four days of testing at Jerez (to be followed by two more four-day sessions in Bahrain next month) with teams trying out their new cars and the 2014 tyres for the first time.

With such a revolutionary series of technical changes, running was considerably limited compared to last year, and very little tyre work was carried out.

Nonetheless, the teams were able to have their first taste of Pirelli’s 2014 tyre range, which features new compounds and constructions. The teams could also try out the new Cinturato Green intermediate and Cinturato Blue wet on the second day, which was designated as a wet-weather test day. More rain then fell on Friday, providing another opportunity.

Pirelli additionally brought a bespoke ‘winter’ version of the hard tyre to Jerez, designed to enable teams to maximise running even in low ambient temperatures (which dipped down to six degrees centigrade).

Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Day Four, Friday 31 January 2014.

Jerez Testing Facts:

  • The opening day of running was extremely quiet, with just 93 laps completed from eight drivers and cars on Tuesday. The on-track action then ramped up, with teams attempting longer runs. The final day was the busiest day of the test, with 688 laps completed.
  • Teams had a maximum of 25 sets of tyres each at their disposal for Jerez. In total, 18 of those sets were selected by Pirelli (six ‘winter’, four hard, two medium, and three each of intermediate and wet). The teams were then allowed to choose in advance seven more sets of tyres to test per car, up to their total maximum of 25. In total, 135 sets of tyres are allowed per team for testing purposes throughout 2014.
  • Owing to the huge number of new variables at work, and the very wide spread of lap times seen throughout the four days, there was no real significance in the time difference between the compounds that were tested at Jerez. More meaningful tyre data should be seen in Bahrain, with all the teams expected to be present.
  • A total of 22 drivers took part in the Jerez test, completing 1,470 laps and 6,509 kilometres.
  • The equivalent Jerez test last year took in 3,531 laps and 15,634 kilometres.
  • McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time of the Jerez test, with a time of 1m23.276s on Thursday. By way of comparison, the fastest time at the Jerez test last year was 1m17.879s, set by Felipe Massa in a Ferrari.
  • The highest number of total laps completed at this year’s Jerez test by any one driver was Nico Rosberg, who racked up 188 laps with Mercedes.

Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Day Three, Thursday 30 January 2014.

 Best lap times and laps completed by drivers:

Driver Team Car Engine Best Time Laps
1 Kevin Magnussen McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes 1:23.276 162
2 Felipe Massa Williams FW36 Mercedes 1:23.700 133
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 Mercedes 1:23.952 121
4 Jenson Button McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes 1:24.165 83
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F14T Ferrari 1:24.812 78
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams FW36 Mercedes 1:25.344 42
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F14T Ferrari 1:25.495 173
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 Mercedes 1:25.588 188
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India VJM07 Mercedes 1:26.096 17
10 Sergio Perez Force India VJM07 Mercedes 1:28.376 48
11 Daniel Juncadella Force India VJM07 Mercedes 1:29.457 81
12 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso STR9 Renault 1:29.915 45
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber C33 Ferrari 1:30.161 103
14 Jules Bianchi Marussia MR03 Ferrari 1:32.222 25
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber C33 Ferrari 1:33.270 60
16 Marcus Ericsson Caterham CT05 Renault 1:37.975 12
17 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull RB10 Renault 1:38.320 11
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham CT05 Renault 1:43.193 54
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso STR9 Renault 1:44.016 9
20 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RB10 Renault 1:45.374 10
21 Robin Frijns Caterham CT05 Renault No time 10
22 Max Chilton Marussia MR03 Ferrari No time 5


 Total laps by team:

Team Laps
1 Mercedes 309
2 Ferrari 251
3 McLaren 245
4 Williams 175
5 Sauber 163
6 Force India 146
7 Caterham 76
8 Toro Rosso 54
9 Marussia 30
10 Red Bull 21

Total laps by engine:

Engine Laps
1 Mercedes (four teams) 875
2 Ferrari (three teams) 444
3 Renault (three teams) 151

Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Day Two, Wednesday 29 January 2014.

Day 1: Top three testing times

Driver Team Times Tyre Compound
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:27.104s Winter, New
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.820s Winter, Used
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:30.082s Winter, Used

Day 2: Top three testing times

Driver Team Times Tyre Compound
1 Jenson Button McLaren 1:24.165s Medium, New
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.812s Medium, Used
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:25.344s Winter, New

Day 3: Top three testing times

Driver Team Times Tyre Compound
1 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:23.276s Medium, New
2 Felipe Massa Williams 1:23.700s Hard, Used
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.952s Medium, New

Day 4: Top three testing times

Driver Team Times Tyre Compound
1 Felipe Massa Williams 1:28.229s, Hard, New
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:29.145s, Medium, Used
3 Daniel Juncadella Force India 1:29.457s, Soft, New


 Pirelli tyre statistics

Total number of sets brought to Jerez: 250 sets which equals 1,000 tyres

  • of which supersoft tyres: 2 sets
  • of which soft tyres: 9 sets
  • of which medium tyres: 52 sets
  • of which hard tyres: 52 sets
  • of which ‘winter’ tyres: 69 sets
  • of which intermediate tyres: 36 sets
  • of which wet tyres: 30 sets

Total amount of sets used: 99

  • of which supersoft tyres: 1 sets
  • of which soft tyres: 2 sets
  • which medium tyres: 23 sets
  • of which hard tyres: 11 sets
  • of which ‘winter’ tyres: 32 sets
  • of which intermediate tyres: 20 sets
  • of which wet tyres: 10 sets

Longest run:

  • 10 laps on the supersoft compound
  • 9 laps of the soft compound
  • 17 laps on the medium compound
  • 24 laps on the hard compound
  • 23 laps on the ‘winter’ compound
  • 26 laps on the intermediate compound
  • 13 laps on the wet compound
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