Hamilton quickest at halfway point in Bahrain

By on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time at the halfway point of the first day of the second test in Bahrain.

Hamilton's time of 1:39.153 was narrowly faster than that of McLaren's Kevin Magnussen.

Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top three in his Force India VJM07.

Adrian Sutil has been the most productive driver so far with 44 laps, although he triggered a red flag when he spun under braking for the first corner.

The other stoppage was caused by Fernando Alonso as smoke poured from his Ferrari F14 T moments after the session began. Ferrari quickly fixed the issue and sent the Spaniard back on his way.

Robin Frijns has enjoyed a productive morning in the Caterham CT05 after completing 34 laps while Romain Grosjean debuted the Lotus E22 in public and completed a handful of laps.

Felipe Massa and Jules Bianchi both took to the track but neither have set lap times.

Red Bull's woes continue as the RB10 has yet to appear at Sakhir, while Toro Rosso's STR9 has been sidelined by an oil leak.

Testing runs until 1430 GMT due to a delayed start on Wednesday morning.

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