(Pirelli) Formula One tyre supplier also made an attractive comparison between the performance of the four available tires, noting, “The performance differences in Bahrain between the compounds so far are approximately as follows: the super-soft is around 0.7 second per lap faster than the soft, the soft is around 1.2 seconds per lap quicker than the medium, and the medium is around 1.3 seconds per lap quicker than the hard. These gaps should come down considerably as the cars evolve.”
More Testing Facts:
A total of 24 drivers took part in the Bahrain test, completing 2,322 laps and 12,566 kilometres. Last year, the second test of the year took place in Barcelona, over exactly the same four-day period, during which the drivers completed 16,006 kilometres.
The total testing distance completed so far this year, combining Jerez and Bahrain is 3,792 laps and 19,074 kilometres. This time last year, the teams had completed 6,970 laps and 31,640 kilometres of pre-season testing (Jerez and Barcelona 2013 combined).
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of the Bahrain test, with a time of 1m33.283s on Saturday with the P Zero Yellow soft. By way of comparison, 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: within a second of Rosberg’s fastest test time today. At the Bahrain race last year, pole was also set by Rosberg.
The highest number of total laps completed at this year’s Bahrain test by any one driver was 174 laps, from Nico Rosberg (Mercedes). Williams driver Valtteri Bottas set the second-highest total, 171 laps.
Total number of sets brought to Bahrain
Total amount of sets used: 199