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Kimi brings down the curtain on second week of testing // Räikkönen crashes, Marussia are thwarted and Nasr makes his debut

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Sutil pops out for a brief stint
Sutil pops out for a brief stintCredit: Sauber Motorsport AG
An uphill struggle for Vergne
An uphill struggle for VergneCredit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Kamui shares driving duties
Kamui shares driving dutiesCredit: Caterham F1
Lotus spent the day working through issues
Lotus spent the day working through issuesCredit: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1

At this point, it feels like each testing post is just the same as the one before - Mercedes were strong, Renault are struggling and there are technical issues up and down the grid. On the final day of the first week of running in Bahrain, though, we did see a crash. I assume this hasn't happened too often so far because we haven't had enormous amounts of running, but it was Kimi Räikkönen who caught the kerbs at the wrong angle and ended up with his Ferrari in the wall.

Luckily for the Finn, he'd already completed more than 80 laps and was the third fastest driver of the day. Others were less fortunate. Toro Rosso were hoping to capitalise on the final session but struggled with what Jean-Éric Vergne called a "major" engine problem.

We had a major problem today. We all know there are some problems from the beginning so there is nothing new. I will not talk negative because I don't feel like it and everybody knows it so I don't need to say anything else.

- Jean-Éric Vergne, F1 driver, Toro Rosso

Even though he's trying not to be negative, it still seeps through. Marussia also had heaps of problems and failed to set a lap time, Sergio Pérez's running was curtailed by a gearbox issue, whilst Daniel Ricciardo spent much of the afternoon in the garage with the team working on fixing up the car.

Mercedes had some good running, with Nico Rosberg fastest, and plenty of laps completed as they continue to show good reliability - both within the works team, and for them as an engine supplier as well.

2014 testing - Day 4, Bahrain
PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1N RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:33.28389
2J ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1:34.95766
3K RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:36.71882
4F NasrWilliams F1 Team1:37.56987
5P MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:38.70759
6S PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:39.25819
7D RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:39.83715
8JE VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:40.47219
9K KobayashiCaterham F1 Team1:43.02717
10M EricssonCaterham F1 Team1:45.0944
11J BianchiMarussia F1 TeamNo time5
12A SutilSauber F1 TeamNo time5

Williams fielded their brand new third driver, Felipe Nasr, who was only confirmed hours before the test began. He hit the ground running, however, completing nearly 90 laps and coming in with the fourth fastest time. That's not bad for your first day at work!

We didn't have the best day today; but we have a great team of people working behind. I'm very proud of my team!

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After a massive effort by the team, we're back out for the last 10 minutes of the day

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Red flag! Argh, the agony. Jules heads back in

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Rod Nelson: Felipe Nasr was in the car today, he did a very good job. He gives good feedback, works well with his engineers and is quick #F1

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Talking of power units, the @MercedesBenz powered teams have now completed over 10,000kms in testing. Huge credit to everyone at Brixworth

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That wraps up the second week of pre-season testing, and I'm sure the teams are glad to have another break to think about all the issues they've had so far. They've not got long, though, as the final four days of testing get underway, still in Bahrain, on Thursday next week. Stay tuned to find out who manages to get some decent running in, and if anyone can tame that Renault power unit!

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