Stories Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Day 1 - Jerez, Spain

Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by Seán Ward

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Jerez F1 Testing – Facts and Figures

There was controversy on Monday morning when testing began for the 2014 Formula One season in Jerez, Spain, with some teams doing just a handful of laps, some none at all, and in Marussia’s case their car didn’t even make it to the track.

We’ve also heard the new sound of F1 thanks to some keen, and seen the first crash of 2014: Lewis Hamilton videobombing a TV report.

But in reality testing is done to gather data, test systems, and generally shakedown the new cars, so here are a few facts and figures from the four days or running last week.

Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time in the McLaren with a time of 1m 23.276 on day three, closely followed by Felipe Massa in the Williams with a time of 1m 23.700. (Current champion Sebastian Vettel completed just eleven laps with a best time of 1m 38.320.)

Marrusia’s Max Chilton failed to set a time, as did Robin Frijns in the Caterha.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg completed the highest number of laps with 188, followed by Fernando Alonso with 173 laps.

Only 93 laps were completed on Tuesday, and yet 668 laps on Friday (out of a total of 1,470 laps measuring a total of 6,509 km.

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