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Midday Times: Bahrain 01-03

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01/03/2014

Felipe Massa topped the timesheets as the teams broke for lunch on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Bahrain.

The Grove outfit, which has been attracting positive publicity not only on the track but away from it, courtesy of some strong commercial partnerships and recruitment of personnel, is widely being seen as a dark horse this season.

Not so Red Bull, where Sebastian Vettel has had a nightmare morning. Stopping just four turns into his first lap it was enough to cause a "hissy fit".

Problems also for Adrian Sutil, who along with Vettel, has yet to complete a lap far less post a competitive time.

In a change to its original plan, Caterham has Marcus Ericsson back in the car today before giving it over to Kamui Kobayashi for the final day on Sunday. The Swede completed 69 laps this morning finishing just 4.6s off the pace and ahead of the Marussia and Lotus.

Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg have both had issues, Mercedes yet to enjoy a trouble free day this week, however, as the German team admits; "that's what testing is for".

Behind Massa, Force India, which has Nico Hulkenberg on duty, continues to impress, whilst Toro Rosso is having an altogether better day of it today.

Midday Times - All Times Unofficial

Name Team Laps Time Gap
Massa Williams 46 1:37.224 124.523 mph
Hulkenberg Force India 42 1:38.000 0.776
Rosberg Mercedes 22 1:38.557 1.333
Kvyat Toro Rosso 41 1:39.297 2.073
Magnussen McLaren 24 1:40.252 3.028
Raikkonen Ferrari 9 1:41.542 4.318
Ericsson Caterham 69 1:41.849 4.625
Bianchi Marussia 55 1:41.889 4.665
Grosjean Lotus 4 1:43.088 5.864
Vettel Red Bull 1 No Time
Sutil Sauber 1 No Time

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Chris Balfe

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