Chilton fastest on day one of Barcelona test
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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  13 May 2014   |  6:12 pm GMT  |  81 comments

Max Chilton topped the timesheet on the opening day of the second in-season test of the current campaign, the Marussia driver setting a lap of 1:26.434 on Pirelli’s supersoft tyre to give a slightly skewed look to the times on a day when bad weather and red flags complicated matters at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

The morning session was conducted in wet conditions as persistent rain fell across the track and it was, rather predictably, Mercedes who led the way, with Lewis Hamilton setting the pace with a time of 1:44.291 on the intermediate Pirelli tyre.

Felipe Massa was second fastest in the morning, followed by Red Bull Racing Test and Reserve driver Sébastien Buemi, who was getting his first taste of the team’s RB10.

The morning session was made more difficult by a number of red flags. Kimi Raikkonen suffered a power unit problem on his first run that kept him out action for the morning and Chilton stopped at Turn 5 after an hour. Jean-Eric Vergne had two early stoppages too, bringing out the red flags on his first lap out when he pulled over between Turns 9 and 10 and he then also stopped on his second lap out. He too failed to set a time in the morning session.

With the afternoon forecast to be drier, the lunch break was brought forward to midday and the second session extended until 6pm to try to give the team’s dry running.

Buemi’s afternoon ended well before that marker, however, the Swiss driver sidelined by a gearbox problem midway through. With the team focusing on correlation work with their simulator, Buemi did, however, manage 54 laps of the circuit, which is more than Raikkonen put in.

After failing to set a time in the morning the Finn completed just 18 laps in the afternoon before he stopped again at Turn 4 once again bringing out the red flags. Raikkonen ended the day with the fourth fastest time, however.

Ahead of him were Hamilton, who spent much of the afternoon in P1, Lotus tester Charles Pic, who set a time of 1:216.661 on the soft tyre and pace setter Chilton, whose supersoft lap was set in the final 10 minutes of the session.

Behind Raikkonen, Vergne was fifth-fastest in front of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa was seventh ahead of Jenson Button. Eighth place went to Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi who ended his session with a big off that saw him hit the barriers hard ship considerable damage to the front end of his CT05.

He was followed on the timesheet by Buemi and finally Sauber tester Giedo van der Garde, who amassed the day’s biggest total of laps with 86.

Barcelona Test – Day One Times
1. Max Chilton Marussia 1:26.434 60 laps
2. Charles Pic Lotus1:26.661 70 laps
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.674 79 laps
4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:26.965 20 laps
5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:27.724 52 laps
6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:27.727 53 laps
7. Felipe Massa Williams 1:27.756 55 laps
8. Jenson Button McLaren1:28.333 74 laps
9. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:30.101 72 laps
10. Sebastien Buemi Red Bull Racing 1:31.440 54 laps
11. Giedo Van der Garde Sauber 1:31.783 86 laps


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German Samurai

Pops might fund another year of racing for young Maxy with that performance!

I bet the old man is proud!


All we need now is a stereo hooked up to the “trumpet” and some ACDC playing then F1 can really rock


So the Marussia had been maxed out!! Keep that car under wraps boys, merc, red bull and ferrari will be upto dirty tricks to get the low down on it!!


Chuck the fastest time. But James, do you see Marussia making any inroads into the gap to Sauber? Sauber did not seem too far ahead of them anyways. So, will this translate into anything during races?

David in Sydney

Can’t wait to hear the Mercedes Kazoo exhaust… ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz…… it’s sound GREAT in the Monaco tunnel…


Well done Max and Marussia. They deserve celebration don’t they? No seriously and don’t get me wrong, I am not having a laugh at Max and his team. For all the work and sacrifices they put in, I believe it is good for teams with limited resources to top the timesheet from time to time even when it seems to not really matter.

Go Max! go Marussia!

Craig in Manila

So Chilton (supersoft tyres) was 2tenths faster than Pic (soft tyres) and Hamilton (tyres unstated).

Is it fair to assume that :

1. Chilton was the only person to use a set of supersofts ?

2. Hamilton was not on the same tyres as Pic ?

On the chart detailing the times, would it be possible to add-in something to indicate the tyres that they were running so that we can try to get a (slightly) better indication of what was going on ?


How was Max three seconds quicker than in quali? Is that ALL coming from the tyre?

Tornillo Amarillo

This time I didn’t see the Driver-of-the-Day post… HAMILTON!

Next time, HAMILTON!!!

So it’s OK.

Tornillo Amarillo

HAHAHAHAH!!!!! CHILTON faster, I read the article’s title!!!

Is it true…?


Makes you wonder just how mucher harder this year’s tyres are and how much they are contributed to the much slower qualifying times we saw on the weekend compared to last year (the GP2 pole sitter would have been faster than several F1 car’s qualifying times).


Here’s a new rule idea;

Teams are given more testing time the further down the constructors points list they are. Maybe an additional 20% for each place back, up to 100%. So Merc may be allowed a maximum of 80 laps over two days, RBR gets 96, etc. to a max of 160 for the lower teams. (I don’t know if these numbers are realistic, but just to illustrate my idea.)


The only problem is that the slower teams are the poorer teams (well, except for McLaren…); how do they pay for the extra testing?


“Chilton will not break me” says Jules Bianchi, as team mate dominates….


Any comments on Mercedes exhaust trumpet ? Were they trialled today or scheduled for later in the week ?




It’s today (Wednesday) apparently.

kenneth chapman

have just listened to it and it definitely sounds louder and more appropriate but still different. only time will tell


Good stuff. It doesn’t really bother me on TV anymore – but I guess if it helps with race attendance it’s a minor tweak that could be good.


Sure it was a bit mixed up, but after all the stick some of us have given him it’s only fair now to say well done Max 🙂


Didn’t you say awhile back that there were three signs of the Apocalypse? I forget what the other two were, but surely that headline is the 3rd. ;–)


I think it’s the Four Horsemen…….


Yep I definitely do recall that.

Try as I might I couldn’t find mine, but I did find this:



Well at least he can put “fastest in a session” on his C.V. for future reference.


He’s actually out qualified Bianchi on merit this season. I never thought I’d say that either. Perhaps super polite Max finally bloomed 😉


You’re right – he did, credit where it’s due.


I think Marussia bought a Flux Capacitor from a second hand Deloren (one owner, alot of milage across the space time continuum.Full service history. Please note Note:

Flux Capacitor… May need a local weather anomaly for maximum performance:D

That is why it was raining on track.

Think the F.I.A need to scrutinise the car:-)


Never thought I’d see the day.


Marussia have been sandbagging all season, I knew it! Chilton’s the new Hamilton yo’…


So Marussia was sandbagging all season so far !! 🙂


If Luca keeps his menace over Alonso going to Marussia, Alonso doesn’t need to worry anymore.


😀 yep Sandbagging big time 😀


Hmmm almost 3sec’s faster than his quali time? Something’s amiss here did he cut the corner?


Super sorts… Said on autosport


Supersoft vs. medium tires.

Alexander Supertramp

still, 3 seconds is a lot!


Chilton fastest -I’m sure this is one of the four signs of the apocalypse.


Two Questions James:

How did the megaphone exhaust test turn out; and

Any chance of an article on the potential for a Russian GP at Sochi?

Thanks much !


Megaphone gets tested tomorrow. Apparently Lewis was practicing starts, to help Nico! Not sure what that’s about, but that’s what it said.


I would have thought if the intention was to help Nico, the team would not allow Lewis to practice anything – he already seems to have got the hang of things;-)


are the constant red flags really necessary? how about double waved yellow flags and a low speed restriction in that sector.


Go Max! Print it out and frame it! 🙂


Well Done Chilton. So glad you didn’t put the car in the sand again. Must be great for Marrussia to be up there on the leader board. Ukrainian Cavier all round for the team…err sorry its Russian Cavier now isn’t it?;-)

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