Kevin Magnussen finished the second day of the Bahrain test on top of the time sheets, by a massive 1.5 seconds. The McLaren set the time late in the day on the softer Pirelli rubber. His time of 1m34.910 was two seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel’s fastest lap at last years Bahrain Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg finished the day in second place in his Force India. The German had finished on top on day 1 and had looked to have set today’s fastest time until Magnussen’s lap at the end of the day. Hulkenbergs time of 1m36.445 was a tenth ahead of Fernando Alonso who finished third in his Ferrari, completing 97 laps.
Nico Rosberg ended the day in fourth place with a time of 1m36.965 after setting 85 laps in the Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas managed to complete the most laps out of the entire field with a mammoth 116. The Finn finished the day in fifth with a time of 1m37.328. Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham set a time of 1m39.855 over the course of 66 laps and finished the day half a second clear of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull in sixth.
Red Bull had a much more productive day, with Vettel racking up 59 laps. His time of 1m40.340 was almost five and a half seconds slower than pace setter Magnussen. Ricciardo takes over for the last two days of this weeks test. Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso finished in eighth with a time of 1m40.609. The Frenchman completed 58 laps for the day. Esteban Gutierrez was a tenth down in his Sauber, the Mexican managed to complete 55 laps as the Swiss team focused on car management and understanding the brakes. Romain Grosjean’s Lotus completed 18 laps in a time of 1m41.670. Max Chilton’s Marussia brought up the rear with a time of 1m42.511 having completed just 17 laps for the day.
You may have seen several media outlets and journalists talking about the Williams Reserve Driver, Valtteri Bottas, in a different and unique style over recent weeks.
The new ‘fad’ of writing the drivers surname in capitals originated from Autosport’s F1 editor Jon Noble over the winter testing. He posted this picture below, showing the Finnish drivers names emboldened and in capitals.
Starting off as an office joke, it has now become a small sensation in itself. At the Malaysian Grand Prix, Jon Noble asked F1 fans to see if they could get the hashtag #BOTTAS to trend worldwide on Twitter, seeing as he was driving the car in Fridays first free practice. A feat that was easily achieved and can be seen below.
Formula One journalists and media personnel are now also taking it upon themselves to write the drivers name in capitals. Many F1 fans too, are beginning to use this strange way to say the Finns name. It has been accepted that it can be a useful way to get the drivers name into not just the media domain but also the public and worldwide one, as he hopes to gain a drive with a team for the 2013 season.
Maybe you at home will now use #BOTTAS, when describing him. Take a look at what Twitter has to say below: