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Post by Ed » Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:11 pm

Rosberg makes it out after the delayed start for Mercedes due to the engine change. He completes a flyer then pits.

The most laps so far are by Marussia with 47 and Caterham with 42. Sauber, Lotus and Red Bull have so far a single installation lap each (the Red Bull actually stopped on that installation lap)

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Post by Ed » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:21 pm

Best lap times so far just after lunch

Magnussen McLaren 1:36.172
Massa Williams 1:37.224
Hulkenberg Force India 1:38.000
Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.094
Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.557
Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:39.297
Ericsson Caterham 1:41.849
Bianchi Marussia 1:41.889
Grosjean Lotus 1:42.166

Still no laptime from Vettel nor Sutil. Vettel went out again but stopped at the end of the pitlane.

After a good morning for Marussia, Bianchi stopped on the track just before lunch causing the second red flag of the day.

Grosjean is lapping slowly as they try to do some on track testing.

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Post by Ed » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:47 pm

Update of laptimes with an hour remaining:

Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.113
Magnussen McLaren 1:36.172
Hulkenberg Force India 1:36.205
Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.293
Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.993
Massa Williams 1:37.224
Ericsson Caterham 1:41.614
Bianchi Marussia 1:41.889
Grosjean Lotus 1:42.166

Neither Vettel in the Red Bull nor Sutil in the Sauber have set a laptime today. Grosjean completed 33 laps before his Lotus came to a halt on the track causing the third red flag of the day.

In terms of more laps, Hulkenberg in the Force India has done the most laps so far today with 98 so far.

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Post by Ed » Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:50 am

Day 3 of the final test ends with two teams, Red Bull and Sauber not putting in a single lap.

Best laptimes for the day:

Massa Williams 1:33.258 99
Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.484 103
Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.426 87
Magnussen McLaren 1:35.894 88
Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.113 81
Hulkenberg Force India 1:36.205 115
Bianchi Marussia 1:37.087 78
Ericsson Caterham 1:38.083 117
Grosjean Lotus 1:42.166 33
Sutil Sauber No time 1
Vettel Red Bull No time 0

Testing concludes tomorrow

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Post by Ed » Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:12 am

Selected quotes from day 3 of the final test in Bahrain:

Felipe Massa - Williams
We had a very good day today doing almost 100 laps. We did a lot more performance work in the car which is something that we haven't done so much of so far. I'm really happy with the car and feel we found a good balance. We did so much work on the set-up but it is very important that we go to Australia prepared. Of course you are always happy when you see your name at the top in first place, but as well as performance, today was good for the mileage and reliability of the car which we know is needed for Australia. You can never be sure that you are 100% ready for the first race, but I feel that what we have done in these days testing has been important for making sure that we have a car that can not only get to the end of the race, but that will have good performance as well.
Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
That was an incredible effort by the team and I'm really happy with our day's work. The night shift crew recognised a strange sound from the engine while working on it during the night so we had to change it, which took a good few hours and meant we missed out on running for most of the morning. In the end I managed to do over 100 laps, so this was a very useful final day of testing for me and I learned a lot in the process. The only problem was the conditions, with a lot of wind and blowing sand at some corners meaning that suddenly you could have almost no grip which was a bit difficult to manage. Overall I can be really happy about my testing programme, so a big thanks to everyone in the team both here and back at the two factories for the remarkable job they've done. As is the case for everybody, we still have a few reliability problems that definitely need to be sorted out before Australia, but in general I think the winter tests have been better than expected. After some work in the simulator next week I will fly to Melbourne on Friday, and I can't wait to be back in the car again.
Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari
I’d hoped to do more laps, but this wasn’t an easy day. We lost some time this morning when we had to fix something on the car, but then we managed to make up for some of it in the afternoon. Running a race distance, we continued to get more data relating to fuel consumption strategies and tyre degradation, even though the strong wind upset the driving a lot. I’d like to be able to say we did better, but there’s still one more day with Fernando to continue our preparation for Melbourne.
Kevin Magnussen - McLaren
We had some electrical problems in the morning, but sorted them pretty quickly, and complete most of today’s run-programme. Today’s laptimes from both Williams and Mercedes look very quick, but I don’t think any of the teams have been running to identical programmes, so it’s still hard to say.
As a team, we’re not quite there yet, but we have more to come. Our car feels like it has potential – unlike last year’s car, where you could feel its problems when you were driving. This year, it feels like an F1 car.
In terms of preparation, you always feel like you can do more – if we had more time, we wouldn’t stop! But, from a driving perspective, I think I’ve got all the basics covered in order to go out there and do a race. I don’t feel uncomfortable going into a grand prix now – I feel that I know all the procedures, I know what’s important, and I know what to focus on in a race weekend. And that’s really positive.
It’s a very special feeling knowing that the next time I get in the car, it’ll be in Australia. I’ve got a big job ahead of me, but I’m pretty excited. I feel ready.
Daniil Kvyat - Toro Rosso
A very positive day because we managed to complete a good amount of laps. The work all went in the right direction and we carried out many important tests and did some longer runs. That means I am feeling much more confident with the car now. The next stop is Melbourne and I don’t want to make any predictions about how we will get on in Australia, although the one thing I can say is that I am really looking forward to my first Grand Prix.
Nico Hulkenberg - Force India
Lots of laps today, which is good, and it’s the third day in a row that the team has done more than 100 laps. When I jumped in the car this morning I could feel the progress the team has made since I last drove at the end of last week, so it shows we are moving in the right direction. The track conditions were quite tricky because it was windy, but otherwise it was a successful day and my feeling with the car is pretty good. We got through the test programme and hit the objectives for the day, including a race simulation in the afternoon. For the final day tomorrow we will continue doing our homework for Melbourne, ticking off the boxes and try and do another race simulation.
Jules Bianchi - Marussia
It is quite exciting to end today in a positive way and to know that the next time I drive the car will be on Friday in Melbourne at the first Grand Prix of the season. We have achieved a good baseline understanding of the car now and I have a really good feeling for it. Of course we had hoped for even more mileage today, but we are happy with what we achieved and the work we have done is very important. At the end of the day I got my first experience of the car in lower fuel on the Soft and Supersoft tyres, getting closer to qualifying specification. I was encouraged by the performance of the car, even at this early stage when we know there is more to come. We will see how things go for the Team tomorrow but I feel that we are well-prepared and gaining confidence with our package.
Marcus Ericsson - Caterham
I’m very pleased we finished off my pre-season tests with so many laps and I want to thank the team for working so hard last night to fix the car after the problems we had yesterday. The day went exactly to plan – we started with a few short runs to go through some setup options, and then ran very nearly a whole race simulation, including stops, which was just what we wanted to do today. If it hadn’t been for the late red flag just before lunch we’d have finished the whole distance, but the fact the car ran faultlessly all afternoon showed we’d pretty easily have finished a complete race mileage and that’s very good news for the start of the season.
In the afternoon we put on some new parts that arrived from the factory and spent a bit of time trying various setups with those, and then, towards the end of the session we started focusing more on performance and the laptimes started coming down. The final run was my first ever laps on the supersofts and I have to say I was surprised by how much more grip they had than the softs! With more experience of them there's obviously more laptime to be found from those compounds and that will come. We still have more to come from the whole package in outright pace, but we have to be pleased with the amount of work we’ve got through today, and, for me, having that much time in the car is a great way to sign off the tests.
I’m back in the factory next week for more sim sessions, and we have more new parts coming for Australia so we have lots to look forward to. Also, for Renault, this has obviously been a tough pre-season, but they continue to improve and we know they’ll keep working harder than ever to unlock the full performance we know is there. Overall I’m happy, for the team and for me, and I’m more excited than ever about starting the race season properly in Australia.
Romain Grosjean - Lotus
It wasn’t a perfect day! For the time we were on track we were certainly learning, but it is true to say that we haven’t been as successful as we wished in our preparations so far. This doesn’t mean that everything is lost or that it will be impossible for us to win races, but certainly we are behind schedule. We’ll just keep working together to get on top of the situation and get some more time in the car.
Adrian Sutil - Sauber
This is why we are testing. Of course I would like to drive as much as possible, but you have to look at the overall picture and the team decided to focus on and get ready for the final day of testing tomorrow. I would rather have these issues appearing here at the test than on the first race weekend. It shows how complex the new car and powertrain are and that we are exploring them to the limits. Although the garage doors were closed, the engineers and mechanics worked incredibly hard and hopefully we’ll have a better day tomorrow.
Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull
At the moment we obviously have lots of different problems we are curing. It’s not the best situation to be in but we can’t change it. Everybody is extremely motivated to fix it, but it doesn’t happen overnight. We can just hope for a better day tomorrow and then to have a decent start to the season in Melbourne but at this stage obviously reliability is still a big question mark. It’s difficult to say how long it will take to remedy. I think some things will just come down to the fact that in two weeks’ time we’ll have lots of new parts on the car. We’ve had some damage because of the problems we’ve had here and the parts aren’t available overnight, so from that side I think things will get better over the next couple of weeks. We obviously haven’t done much running but from the little we have done has been quite promising, so I think once we get going the speed should be OK.

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Post by Ed » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:30 pm

Final day of testing at Bahrain. The drivers taking part today are:

Vettel - Red Bull
Hamilton - Mercedes
Alonso - Ferrari
Grosjean - Lotus
Button- McLaren
Hulkenberg - Force India
Sutil (am) /Gutierrez (pm) - Sauber
Vergne - Toro Rosso
Bottas - Williams
Kobayashi - Caterham
Chilton - Marussia

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Post by Ed » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:36 pm

Mercedes had another delayed start today due to a gearbox issue while Red Bull had a good start, Vettel had to stop on the track due to a problem forcing the first red flag of the day. Shortly after Grosjean in the Lotus stopped causing the second red flag.

Minutes into the afternoon session Jenson Button stopped in the McLaren and after that Grosjean stopped again in the Lotus with flames coming from his car.

Best laptimes so far:

Bottas Williams 1:34.797
Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.473
Alonso Ferrari 1:35.509
Hulkenberg Force India 1:35.577
Vergne Toro Rosso 1:35.701
Sutil Sauber 1:36.467
Gutierrez Sauber 1:37.303
Button McLaren 1:38.111
Kobayashi Caterham 1:38.653
Grosjean Lotus 1:39.302
Vettel Red Bull 1:39.708
Chilton Marussia 1:41.242

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Post by Ed » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:27 am

40 minutes remain in the session and today has been interrupted many times by red flags. Hulkenburg stopped in the Force India then Alonso stopped in the Ferrari and Bottas stopped in the Williams!

In terms of laptimes, Hamilton tops the timesheets with a 1:33.278 followed by Bottas and Alonso.

In terms of laps, Button has covered just 21 laps and he is done for the day due to an engine failure. Grosjean has completed 32 laps before a fire ended his running. While McLaren have had good test days, Lotus had none and they are the least prepared for Melbourne followed by Red Bull
Caterham meanwhile has completed 101 laps so far

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Post by Ed » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:20 am

The final test of the 2014 pre-season comes to an end. Here are the best laptimes and total laps:

Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.278 69
Bottas Williams 1:33.987 108
Alonso Ferrari 1:34.280 74
Hulkenberg Force India 1:35.577 74
Vergne Toro Rosso 1:35.701 74
Sutil Sauber 1:36.467 91
Chilton Marussia 1:36.835 61
Gutierrez Sauber 1:37.303 86
Vettel Red Bull 1:37.468 77
Button McLaren 1:38.111 22
Kobayashi Caterham 1:38.391 106
Grosjean Lotus 1:39.302 32

There was another red flag late in the session when Gutierrez stopped his Sauber on the track making it a total of 8 red flags today.

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Post by Ed » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:28 am

Selected quotes from the final test day:

Lewis Hamilton
This has definitely been the most challenging winter I've experienced and the car is still very much a work in progress, but we've learnt a lot over the course of these last few weeks and overall it's been a good winter of testing for us. There's been an incredible amount of work put in by the team back at the two factories and on track. I have to say a special thanks to the crew here today who had a tough task in front of them but never lost their cool. It was a tough start to the day but they managed to get the car turned around for me to complete some good laps in the afternoon, which was a fantastic effort. There's so much to learn with these new cars; it's just mind-blowing and I don't think anybody can be fully ready for the challenge of this season. But I feel as ready as I can be and I'm looking forward to seeing where we are in Melbourne.
Paddy Lowe
It was another difficult start to the day having discovered a problem with the gearbox at around 04:00 this morning which then cascaded into a number of other faults and meant we didn't get out on track until 12:40. Great credit to the crew who I know must have been tired after an intense month-long testing programme, but still went the extra mile to get the car turned around before lunch. In the afternoon there were a lot of red flags which further hindered our progress but, with the session extended slightly, Lewis managed to get in some useful runs which brought our mileage total above any other team during this winter programme. It seems far longer than a month ago that we first rolled the car out on a cold, wet filming day at Silverstone for some very delicate running. It's been a long road to get to the stage we're at today, running reasonably reliably and showing potential in terms of pace, so all credit once again to everyone involved. There's still a lot to do before we get to Melbourne but we look forward to the challenge.
Toto Wolff
We come to the end of our winter programme with plenty to think about heading to Melbourne. The first race is now less than two weeks away and it will inevitably be a reality check for every team on the grid. We have experienced ups and downs during these pre-season tests, with two challenging days in particular right at the end. The problems we have faced during the last 48 hours would have had a significant impact on a race weekend and reliability is still the biggest obstacle we have to overcome. With that in mind, we will be taking nothing for granted in our preparations for the first race and beyond. However, before we round off winter testing, I must pay a big compliment to our teams at Brackley and Brixworth; they have delivered a very promising platform to work from this year. Now we want to step things up to the next level to be successful this season.
Valtteri Bottas
I think our final day of testing was very good, right up to a very unlucky failure just one run before the end. Overall, it was a still a good day as we had no other issues throughout and made a lot of progress with the car set-up. I think with this amount of testing we are as prepared for Melbourne as we can be. The team has done a great job and thank you also to Mercedes-Benz. We still need to work very hard in these next two weeks but I overall I'm happy with how testing has gone for us. As I didn't have the chance to do a quick time on the supersoft tyre today, I am looking forward to picking up where we left off when we get to Melbourne.
Rod Nelson
It was another good day for the Williams Mercedes FW36 to bring winter testing to a conclusion here in Bahrain. We ran a similar programme with Valtteri as we did with Felipe yesterday, starting off with some chassis and aero tests this morning. We did some long runs after the lunch break to look at tyre degradation before moving on to a qualifying simulation. Towards the end of simulation, and before we were able to fit the supersoft tyres, we had a high mileage failure in the Internal Combustion Engine. With the number of laps we have put on it, it wasn't a big surprise but it was still a shame that Valtteri couldn't get that final chance to push. However, with an overall team total of 936 laps under our belt, we are still pleased that that is the only time the FW36 has stopped on track throughout testing. We end the pre-season running feeling very happy with the car, power unit, drivers and team. Everything is working together as it should and we are pleased with the direction that the team is going in.
Fernando Alonso
The team did its utmost to carry out changes on the car as quickly as possible, but again today, we had planned to do more laps than we managed. There are a lot of things to learn with the use of the power unit to improve the performance of the car and we are not yet where we want to be. Everyone in the team is very competitive and we are working day and night in order to get all the potential out of the F14 T as soon as possible. We have gone through twelve days of testing that were very demanding for everyone and I would like to thank the whole team for all its efforts.
Force India
Nico Hulkenberg
The final day of testing went pretty well. In the end we didn’t do the race simulation, but we did some long runs and signed off a lot of other things on the job list. We didn’t do as many laps as yesterday, but we still made progress and learned some new things. So it’s been two good days for me and I’m feeling pretty satisfied. You always want more time to prepare, but I think we’re in good shape. The car has come a long way since the first Jerez test and we have made progress every day.
Andrew Green
The final day in Bahrain saw a continuation of yesterday’s work improving the car balance, collecting tyre data, and some long runs. Our programme ended slightly early with a suspected component failure, which was a result of high mileage, and so we didn’t manage to complete our target number of laps. Nonetheless our time in Bahrain has gone largely to plan with the mileage achieved during the previous three days leaving us in good shape going into Melbourne. We’re feeling positive about our reliability and have explored some encouraging directions for improving car performance. The other focus has been on our race readiness and we’ve done a great deal of homework to prepare the drivers for the challenge that awaits them in Melbourne.
Toro Rosso
Jean-Eric Vergne
These past twelve days have been very interesting in many ways. I would describe today as positive and we did some good work, especially in the morning when we got through everything we had planned to do, with everything going smoothly. This afternoon was slightly more complicated, but we still managed to get some mileage in race configuration and we learned a lot. I had a really good feeling from the car today. These winter tests have not been easy, but we are not alone in that. Even if there is no more testing, I know the team can work hard with our partners and fix many of these issues in time for Melbourne. The really positive thing is that I feel I have a good car, so once everything has been sorted out, I am sure we can be strong in the races.
Franz Tost
During these final four days of testing, we managed to complete a reasonable number of laps with the STR9. We made a significant step forward in terms of our understanding of the car, on both the chassis side and as far as the power unit is concerned. However, there is still a lot of work ahead of us to be as well prepared as possible for Melbourne.
Adrian Sutil
It was a good morning. We covered everything that we had planned, just in a shorter time frame. Yesterday was unlucky, but it’s better to have a problem here than in Melbourne. I feel much more comfortable after this morning's session. Now we have a lot more data to analyse. Overall we had a tough testing programme to go through and we had unexpected problems here and there. However, we don’t get any more tests, so we will take what we have and get the most out of it in Melbourne, and I’m looking forward to that.
Esteban Gutierrez
Today was really productive. We recovered a lot from what we lost yesterday and the team did a great job. We did a lot of laps and completed the whole programme. It’s satisfying to achieve this. Of course we still have quite a few things that we need to work on and sort out before Melbourne. However, I believe that we are going in the right direction. We were able to do a few race simulations, which I found useful. I was able to prepare for the first race and I feel ready for Melbourne.
Giampaolo Dall’Ara
Today we had both drivers in the car and managed to get through a busy programme. It was good for them to have this valuable time in the car. Looking back at the first test in Jerez, we had a tough programme to get through and faced several unexpected problems, which meant we lost running time. The learning curve was very steep at the first test. Now it’s a bit flatter, but there is still enough to do. We will take our experience from the tests, evaluate the data and be ready for the first race in Melbourne. Nevertheless, I’m sure that we will still learn a lot over the first few races of the season.
Max Chilton
Given that we’ve had a few little issues today, I’m quite encouraged by the 61 laps that we did achieve and the positive note on which we’ve ended the day. It’s a nice way to finish our pre-season testing. The way our day panned out meant that we had a lot to do to play catch-up and maximise the track time that we had left, but the items we have ticked off will be crucial in forming an overall picture for Melbourne. Generally, I think we can be pretty positive for the first race of the season. The new regulations have been a challenge up and down the pit lane and although we have also experienced a few issues along the way, we’ve also made a lot of progress. I don’t want to make any predictions because we won’t really know where we stand until qualifying and the race, but I’m feeling very optimistic as I think we‘ll be in a good position to make the most of our opportunities. My thanks to the Team trackside and back at base. We’ve come a long way since that first day of running in Jerez.
John Booth
The 12 days of pre-season testing seem to have passed by incredibly quickly. This period of the year is always very intense but this time we’ve really had our noses firmly to the grindstone, with very little respite across the whole team. Today’s performance was just reward for that effort and we now feel like we are in a good position to go racing. Today we were able to finalise many of the procedural aspects associated with running the car in a race situation. When considering the extremely complicated systems on the car, this has by no means been easy, but the work had to be done prior to Melbourne. It was nice to be able to recover from our earlier electrical problems to achieve this objective and still manage to provide Max with some qualifying practice. It was a really exciting last 10 minutes of the session and the crew really stretched themselves to the maximum, as if it were a real qualifying session. Unfortunately, leaving Bahrain does not mean all the hard work is at an end; it is just the beginning. Tonight and into the next few days the race team will be busy rebuilding the cars and the engineering team’s attention will be firmly focused on analysing what we’ve learned his week. Back at base, the first set-up development parts are already in production. Finally, I would like to thank everyone in the Team and at Scuderia Ferrari for giving us the best possible basis on which to begin our 2014 season.
Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel
We did a lot of laps today so that was useful, we tried to do a race distance today; for one reason or another that didn't work out, but in two week's time things should look a little bit different. Obviously it's difficult to know where the car is. It's not just the number of laps you do, but also the type. There are so many different running options, not just with tyres and high or low fuel, there are engine options as well - full power, low power etc, so it's impossible to say where we are. We know we have to catch up in a lot of areas, but that said, I'm happy today, we did a lot of laps, we learned a lot and it was a positive end to a tough week here.
Andy Damerum
Our final day here was a mix of good and bad. It's positive that we managed to get in as many laps as we did, however, we did have a few problems. On top of that the amount of red flags didn't help, even with the extension to running in the evening. We were in good shape first thing this morning and got in 44 laps. Then we had a front-end mechanical problem, so we had to fix that. In the afternoon we were focusing on doing longer runs – race preparation – and that initially went well. We did a 17-lap stint and came in to change tyres, but a red flag on track halted our progress. And that was the shape of the afternoon really, with a lot of disruptions. Obviously we have had a lot of problems during testing, but we understand the problems and hope to have fixes in place for Australia. We know the pace is in the car, as we saw from Daniel's performance here; what we have to do now is put all the pieces together and establish reliability for the race in Melbourne. There is plenty of motivation in the team and we'll keep working hard over the next two weeks.
Statement: A difficult final day for Jenson and the team.
The engineers were able to carry out some significant set-up work during the morning’s early laps. However, the team’s attempts to understand the behavior of its Melbourne-spec front wing – which arrived this morning – were curtailed by a late-morning red-flag.
After lunch, Jenson only managed a few laps before suffering a high-mileage internal combustion engine failure, which kept his car in the garage for much of the afternoon while the unit was replaced.
At the end of the day, any further attempts to run were hit by an as-yet undiagnosed control electronics problem – the result of which is that the team had no driver feedback upon which to evaluate the new front wing. The engineers will be able to evaluate its strengths using the limited run-data we accumulated during the day.

Kamui Kobayashi
106 laps is a good way for us to finish the tests, even though the clutch problem we had in the last hour meant we didn’t have a chance to do any of the performance runs we’d planned for today. However, I’m very happy we were able to have two such good final days in Bahrain as it’s showed that our reliability is good and that could be very important in Australia and for the whole season, especially when you look at how quite a few of the other teams have struggled both here and in Jerez.
Today we had a very long program, starting in the morning with a number of short runs to work through setup changes and we’ve made good progress in that area. In the afternoon we went onto longer runs, looking at fuel and energy management strategy and tyre wear and we have a lot of data to work with on that – again, that will be critical in the races so to have had the chance to start to understand how the car behaves with different modes is very important.
Next week I have a couple more days in the simulator at the factory and then it’ll be time to go to Australia. I’m obviously excited about getting back to racing and with what we’ve achieved in testing I think it could be a very interesting start to the 2014 season.
Cedrik Staudohar
Another very decent day of running for the team and more evidence that we continue to make progress with the Power Unit, both in terms of reliability and performance. Now the work will continue in Viry to ensure that we go to Australia with the strongest package possible and after the amount of laps we have completed here in Bahrain and in Jerez, we have given ourselves the best chance of doing so when the season starts.
Cyril Abiteboul
It has certainly been as tough a pre-season as we expected, but to finish as by far the most reliable Renault powered team, and with some early indications that our relative performance has improved compared to this time last year is positive. I would have liked to see where Kamui would have finished with a performance run on softer compounds as I’m sure he would have found a considerable amount of time, probably into the 1.36s, although I do not think that outright pace will the primary success factor in the first races. A lot of hard work has been put in by the whole team, on track at the tests, back at Leafield and in the wind tunnel in Cologne and I would also like to thank the staff at Renault Sport F1 – the early days of their new power unit have not been easy, but they have worked relentlessly to overcome a very large part of their initial difficulties.
I’m also very pleased with how all three drivers we have run in the tests have integrated with the team. As a rookie, Marcus is on a steep learning curve but he has shown consistently that he improves with every lap and is ready for his first full F1 race weekend in Australia in two weeks. Robin, who ran for one day in both the first and second tests, has already demonstrated his ability, both behind the wheel and as a teammate and Kamui has shown exactly why we are so pleased to have him with us. He sets the benchmark for us, both in terms of outright pace and in his feedback, and he and Marcus are going to be a good pairing this season.
We will now have a few more busy days to analyse the huge amount of information generated by our 3,312 kms of testing and see how we can make the best possible use of what we have available for the first races of the season, as well as to start defining our development strategy for the later stages of what is going to be a quite amazing F1 season.
Romain Grosjean
We’re not in an ideal situation. There is a lot of new technology for everyone to understand, but even though we have stopped many times and spent a lot of time in the garage, each time we run the car we are learning something new. We’re all working as hard as we can in Enstone and I’m sure that Renault Sport F1 is doing the same. We now have two weeks to find a lot more performance and reliability.
Alan Permane
We’ve ended our pre-season test programme with a lot of unknowns and a full workload for the days ahead. We’re all focused, both at Enstone and in Viry, on analysing all the data we have gained to make as much improvement as we can before we get to Australia for the first race of the season. Today we put some more mileage on the E22, but once again we stopped early, which is obviously not what we wanted. There will be some long days and nights before the first race but we are determined to make as much progress as possible.

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