The first test under the new ruling stating that a session can run for only three days lasted... four days. This is Formula 1 after all, not the real world. It made little difference to our team who are out in Malaysia for the Grand Prix on 8 April and in fact, by the time they get home after Bahrain, many of them will have been away from home for almost six weeks.
The new rules also state that only one car should be used, so Scott drove on Day 1, sharing the car with Tonio on Day 2, before the Italian had the car to himself for Day 3 and today's Bonus Day: the test being extended because of rain on Thursday.
Three main items on our test agenda: putting more miles on the car given how little running it did prior to the race in Melbourne, race preparation for the next Grand Prix, including evaluating the two types of Bridgestone Potenza tyre and finally, evaluating some new aero and suspension components.
"In some ways, this was like an extension of winter testing for us," said Chief Engineer Laurent Mekies. "We had four busy days and reliability was okay for this stage in the season, but we still have a lot of work to do. The new aero and suspension components produced positive results and we hope to use some of them as early as next week's race."
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