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Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest time on the final day of the third pre-season F1 test; Lotus, Force India, Caterham and McLaren suffer mechanical failures
Darren Moss
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2 March 2014

Lewis Hamilton has set the fastest lap time on the final day of testing at Bahrain, after completing 70 laps of the circuit.

His Mercedes-Benz, which took lead position with a 1m33.278s lap, was the quickest out of a total of 12 cars undergoing testing.

Despite suffering a gearbox problem in the morning, he successfully returned to the track to secure the top position.

Problems with the dramatically different 2014-season cars are still rife, however, and Lotus, McLaren and Force India all experienced engine failures.

Red Bull suffered from further issues too, with a technical issue causing driver Sebastian Vettel to lose control at the end of the morning's session. Kamui Kobayashi also had problems, with a damaged clutch bringing his car to a stop.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas set the second-fastest time of the day, a lap of 1m33.987s, followed by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso at 1m34.280s.

Previously, Felipe Massa had set the fastest time on the penultimate day of pre-season Formula 1 testing in Bahrain.

The Williams driver set the pace during the morning session, eventually putting in a best time of 1m33.258s over 99 laps. The day was again overshadowed, however, by the continued woes of world champion team Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel broke down halfway into his installation lap, and, upon his recovery to the pitlane, Red Bull erected screens in front of their garage to keep prying eyes away as they seeked to resolve their latest issues. Both Sauber and Lotus also suffered technical problems today.

Elsewhere, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen had his final day at the wheel of his new car before the season's first race in Melbourne, while Nico Rosberg lost out on much of the morning session due to an engine change. He went on to complete 103 laps in total this afternoon, and sits second in the timing standings.

Bahrain is the final stop on the F1 testing calendar before the season begins next month. All 11 teams are scheduled to be in action over the course of the eight-day test session.

While some teams found the first pre-season test in Jerez, Spain, helpful, others struggled to come to grips with the sport's new rule changes. Chief among them is the move to adopt new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines in place of the older V8 units. The engines use a new hybrid energy recovery system which harvests heat energy from the turbocharger as well as kinetic energy from the brakes.

Elsewhere and the design of the 2014 cars has changed to meet the latest crash-test safety regulations. Several teams have implemented the changes in different ways, with Ferrari opting for a flat snout approach, while Lotus has gone with a split-prong design.

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Finally, one of the most contentious changes to F1 this year sees double points awarded at the last race. The move is designed to increase competition, and to stop a single team or driver running away with the championship well before the season is over.

Take a look through the picture gallery above to see all the latest pictures from the Bahrain pre-season testing session, and read our ten reasons to get excited about the return of Formula One here.

Additional reporting by Lewis Kingston, 2 March 2014

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275not599 1 March 2014

Talking about awesome tech I

Talking about awesome tech I still can't work out how that smug bastard Leslie Brook managed to upload a picture. I have been trying it with a photo of what is clearly the inspiration for this year's cars, the anteater. No joy.
Leslie Brook 3 March 2014

275not599 wrote:Talking about

275not599 wrote:

Talking about awesome tech I still can't work out how that smug bastard Leslie Brook managed to upload a picture. I have been trying it with a photo of what is clearly the inspiration for this year's cars, the anteater. No joy.

Voila, one Anteater.

kraftwerk 19 February 2014

My god...

...the cars are ugly. What has Ferrari done to the nose? Or any of them in fact? Ghastly.

And your photo caption writer doesn't know the difference between 'led' and 'lead'.

Leslie Brook 19 February 2014

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autocar wrote:

...The Force India driver set a fastest time of 1m36.880s, becoming the only driver to break the 1m36s barrier over the course of his 78 laps

To be pedantic, a time of 1m35 point something would break the 1m36s barrier, 1m36.880 doesn't.

Oh, and thanks for making me complete the stupid word verification

Leslie Brook 19 February 2014

Leslie Brook wrote:autocar

Leslie Brook wrote:
autocar wrote:

...The Force India driver set a fastest time of 1m36.880s, becoming the only driver to break the 1m36s barrier over the course of his 78 laps

To be pedantic, a time of 1m35 point something would break the 1m36s barrier, 1m36.880 doesn't.

Oh, and thanks for making me complete the stupid word verification

Ah, I see you've edited it. Well done.

n. leone 19 February 2014

It's raining Vettels and dogs

It's raining Vettels and dogs ...