Pirelli report card from Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain 3 March, 2014 The results of the final test showed an increased performance gap between the hard and the medium compound, and the medium and the soft compound: the two combinations of tyres that will be used at the first four races. This will give plenty of scope for the teams to formulate interesting strategies to boost their race prospects. The characteristics of the 2014 P Zero tyre range were in line with expectations in Bahrain, maintaining similar performance to last year but with less degradation. There was no blistering and very little graining, underlining the performance of the latest compounds so far in a wide range of conditions. There was also a reduction in tread wear levels. Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The information gained over all three pre-season tests has helped us to come up with the tyre choices for the start of the season, having run with the new 2014 tyres in all conditions now: ranging from rain in Jerez to ambient temperatures exceeding 25 degrees centigrade in Bahrain. The conclusion we can draw so far is that the 2014 tyres are more consistent and wear less than their predecessors, without compromising performance. We’re also meeting another of our objectives with one more step towards the reduction of ‘marbles’ on the track. The Medium and Soft compounds are well matched to the expected race conditions in Australia, Bahrain and China, providing what we expect to be the right balance between performance and strategy with two to three pit stops per car. The more abrasive and hotter conditions of Malaysia have led us to nominate the Hard and Medium compounds there, as we did last year.” Testing Facts: As expected, the teams completed the biggest distances seen yet during the final pre-event test in Bahrain. A total of 3307 laps was covered over the four days, compared with 2322 at the previous Bahrain test. Teams had a maximum of 30 sets of tyres per car to test in Bahrain. Pirelli chose 22 of those sets and the teams were then able to choose (in advance) the remaining eight sets, up to their maximum permitted total of 30. In total, 135 sets of tyres are allowed per team for testing purposes throughout 2014. The performance differences seen in the second Bahrain test between the compounds are approximately as follows: the Super-soft is around 0.7 seconds per lap faster than the Soft, the Soft is around 1.3 to 1.5 seconds per lap quicker than the Medium, which is around 1.3 to 1.5 seconds per lap quicker than the Hard. These gaps are expected to come down as the teams improve their understanding of the tyres during the season. More Testing Facts: The total testing distance completed so far this year, combining Jerez and both Bahrain tests is 7,099 laps and 36,974 kilometres. This time last year, the teams had completed 10,902 laps and 49,942 kilometres of pre-season testing (Jerez and two Barcelona tests 2013 combined). Williams driver Felipe Massa set the fastest lap of this Bahrain test, with a time of 1m33.258s on Saturday with the P Zero Red Super-soft. By way of comparison, the fastest lap in Bahrain at the previous test last week was 1m33.283s, set by Nico Rosberg (Mercedes). The fastest race lap at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year was 1m36.961s, set by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. Pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year was 1m32.330s, also set by Rosberg. The highest number of total laps completed at this year’s Bahrain test by any one driver was 236 laps from Valtteri Bottas (Williams). Force India driver Sergio Perez set the second-highest total, at 213 laps. Testing numbers: Total number of sets brought to Bahrain: 341 sets which equals 1,364 tyres of which Super=soft tyres: 14 sets of which Soft tyres: 61 sets of which Medium tyres: 139 sets of which Hard tyres: 94 sets of which ‘winter’ hard tyres: 28 sets of which Intermediate tyres: 3 sets of which Wet tyres: 2 sets Total amount of sets used: 319 of which Super-soft tyres: 31 sets of which Soft tyres: 83 sets of which Medium tyres: 172 sets of which Hard tyres: 30 sets of which ‘Winter’ tyres: 3 sets of which Intermediate tyres: 0 sets of which Wet tyres: 0 sets Longest run: 19 laps on the Super-soft compound 22 laps of the Soft compound 24 laps on the Medium compound 18 laps on the Hard compound 2 laps on the ‘Winter’ compound 0 laps on the intermediate compound 0 laps on the Wet compound Highest / lowest ambient temperature over four days: 30 °C / 22 °C Highest / lowest track temperature over four days: 39 °C / 25 °C Testing Times: Day 1 1. S Perez Force India 1m35.290s Soft New 2. V Bottas Williams 1m36.184s Medium New 3. K Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.432s Soft Used 4. N Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.624s Soft Used 5. A Sutil Sauber 1m37.700s Soft New 6. K Magnussen McLaren 1m37.825s Soft Used 7. D Ricciardo Red Bull 1m37.908s Medium New 8. M Chilton Marussia 1m38.610s Soft New 9. D Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m39.242s Soft Used 10. P Maldonado Lotus 1m40.599s Medium New 11. K Kobayashi Caterham 1m42.285s Medium New Day 2 1. S Perez Force India 1m35.570s Soft New 2. F Alonso Ferrari 1m35.634s Soft New 3. D Ricciardo Red Bull 1m35.743s Soft New 4. F Massa Williams 1m36.507s Medium New 5. J Button McLaren 1m36.901s Medium New 6. J Bianchi Marussia 1m38.092s Soft New 7. L Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.041s Medium New 8. J-E Vergne Toro Rosso 1m39.636s Medium New 9. E Gutierrez Sauber 1m39.976s Supersoft U 10. P Maldonado Lotus 1m41.613s Medium New 11. M Ericsson Caterham 1m42.516s Soft Used Day 3 1. F Massa Williams 1m33.258s Supersoft New 2. N Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.484s Supersoft New 3. K Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.426s Supersoft New 4. K Magnussen McLaren 1m35.894s Soft New 5. D Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m36.113s Supersoft New 6. N Hulkenberg Force India 1m36.205s Supersoft Used 7. J Bianchi Marussia 1m37.087s Supersoft New 8. M Ericsson Caterham 1m38.083s Supersoft New 9. R Grosjean Lotus 1m42.166s Medium New 10. A Sutil Sauber no time 11. S Vettel Red Bull no time Day 4 1. L Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.278s Soft Used 2. V Bottas Williams 1m33.987s Soft New 3. F Alonso Ferrari 1m34.280s Supersoft New 4. N Hulkenberg Force India 1m35.577s Supersoft New 5. J-E Vergne Toro Rosso 1m35.701s Supersoft New 6. A Sutil Sauber 1m36.467s Supersoft New 7. M Chilton Marussia 1m36.835s Supersoft New 8. E Gutierrez Sauber 1m37.303s Supersoft New 9. S Vettel Red Bull 1m37.468s Soft Used 10. J Button McLaren 1m38.111s Medium New 11. K Kobayashi Caterham 1m38.391s Soft New 12. R Grosjean Lotus 1m39.302s Soft New Total laps in second Bahrain test by team: Williams (Mercedes), 438 Force India (Mercedes), 402 Sauber (Ferrari), 373 Mercedes, 351 Ferrari, 337 Caterham (Renault), 297 Toro Rosso (Renault), 272 McLaren (Mercedes), 271 Marussia (Ferrari), 258 Red Bull (Renault), 182 Lotus (Renault), 127 Total laps in second Bahrain test by power unit: Mercedes, 1462 (4 teams) Ferrari, 968 (3 teams) Renault, 878 (4 teams) Total 2014 test distance by team: Mercedes, 4972.644 km Williams , 4893.432 km Ferrari, 4488.516 km McLaren, 4153.464 km Sauber, 4039.32 km Force India, 3974.868 km Caterham, 3313.128 km Toro Rosso, 2436.384 km Red Bull, 1705.764 km Marussia, 1686.084 km Lotus, 1288.056 km (Lotus missed opening Jerez test) Total 2014 test distance by power unit: Mercedes (4 teams), 17994.408 km Ferrari (3 teams), 10213.92 km Renault (4 teams), 8743.332 km Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.