2014 Bahrain pre-season Test One - preview
Critical week ahead for Red Bull, Renault and Lotus as they debut E22; Sky Sports Online to provide live commentary throughout; Ask Crofty to return on Sky Sports after nightly 9pm updates
By William Esler. Last Updated: 19/02/14 11:11am
Pre-season testing hots up this week as the teams head to the desert for warm weather running at the Bahrain International Circuit, with a critical four days ahead for World Champions Red Bull, engine suppliers Renault, and Lotus.
All 11 teams have now had a chance to run their cars - ten took part in the first pre-season test at Jerez, while Lotus completed a 100km filming day a week later at the circuit - meaning they can now start to focus on performance having hopefully shaken the gremlins out of their 2014 machines.
It is not just the teams, however, who are hopeful of an upgrade in performance. Engine manufacturer Renault suffered major unreliability problems throughout the Jerez event and completed just 151 laps compared to nearly 900 achieved by Mercedes powered cars.
World Champions Red Bull suffered the most from the French firm's issues and will be desperately keen to get some much needed mileage with the RB10 having managed just 21 laps in southern Spain. The team's woes with their new car also included severe overheating at the rear of the slim-line RB10, prompting chief designer Adrian Newey to make an early return to base - and his drawing board - in order to fathom a solution and all eyes will be trained on the Red Bull when it reappears to detect and dissect any modifications.
The test will also be the first public outing for the Lotus E22, giving the world a chance to examine the Enstone-based team's unique two-pronged approach to the front wing regulations.
Sky Sports News' Rachel Brookes will be providing updates from the test, whilst there will also be an evening round-up on Sky Sports F1 each day at 9pm. The round-up will be followed by the return of Ask Crofty in which the Sky Sports F1 commentator will be meeting with the great and the good of the F1 paddock to discuss the day's action before answering fans' tweets on all things testing and 2014.
And of course, you can also follow all the action from Bahrain live from dawn to dusk with interactive commentary on the Sky Sports F1 website.
Bahrain Test One - Driver line-ups
Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel - Wednesday and Thursday; Daniel Ricciardo - Friday and Saturday.
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso - Wednesday and Thursday; Kimi Raikkonen - Friday and Saturday.
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton - Wednesday and Friday; Nico Rosberg - Thursday and Saturday.
Lotus: Romain Grosjean - Wednesday and Thursday; Pastor Maldonado - Friday and Saturday.
McLaren: Kevin Magnussen - Wednesday and Thursday; Jenson Button - Friday and Saturday.
Force India: Nico Hulkenberg - Wednesday and Thursday; Sergio Perez - Friday & Saturday.
Sauber: Adrian Sutil - Wednesday and Saturday; Esteban Gutierrez - Thursday and Friday.
Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat - Wednesday and Friday; Jean-Eric Vergne - Thursday and Saturday.
Williams: Felipe Massa - Wednesday; Remaining days to be confirmed.
Marussia: Jules Bianchi - Wednesday and Saturday; Max Chilton on Thursday and Friday.
Caterham: Robin Frijns - Wednesday; Kamui Kobayashi - Thursday and Saturday; Marcus Ericsson - Friday.
Ask Crofty returns in Bahrain
Sky Sports F1's Bahrain Test One schedule
Wednesday February 19
9pm - Bahrain Day One round-up.
9.15pm - Ask Crofty, Day One.
Thursday February 20
9pm - Bahrain Day Two round-up.
9.15pm - Ask Crofty, Day Two.
Friday February 21
9pm - Bahrain Day Three round-up.
9.15pm - Ask Crofty, Day Three.
Saturday February 22
9pm - Bahrain Day Four round-up.
9.15pm - Ask Crofty, Day Four.
Bahrain International Circuit information
Track: Bahrain International Circuit. Permanent circuit.
Grand Prix distance: 56 laps.
Track length: 5.412 km.
DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points (Pit Straight and between Turns ten and 11).
Lap record: Pedro de la Rosa - 1:31.447 (McLaren; 2005).
2013 pole: Nico Rosberg - 1:32.330 (Mercedes).
Red Bull managed just 21 laps in Jerez
Total laps completed by each team in Jerez
Mercedes - 309.
Ferrari - 251.
McLaren - 245.
Williams - 175.
Sauber - 163.
Force India - 146.
Caterham - 76.
Toro Rosso - 54.
Marussia - 30.
Red Bull - 21.
Laps completed by each engine manufacturer in Jerez
Mercedes - 875.
Ferrari - 444.
Renault - 151.
Laps completed by each driver in Jerez
Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel - 11; Daniel Ricciardo - 10
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso - 173; Kimi Raikkonen - 78
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton - 121; Nico Rosberg - 188
McLaren: Jenson Button - 83; Kevin Magnussen - 162
Sauber: Adrian Sutil - 103; Esteban Gutierrez - 60
Force India: Sergio Perez - 48; Nico Hulkenberg - 17; Daniel Juncadella - 81
Williams: Felipe Massa - 133; Valterri Bottas - 42
Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne - 45; Daniil Kvyat - 9
Caterham: Kamui Kobayashi - 54; Marcus Ericsson - 12; Robin Frijns - 10
Marussia: Jules Bianchi - 25; Max Chilton - 5.