After a break of 18 days, the end of the opening test in Jerez action resumed again in Bahrain today.
The twin four-day sessions at Sakhir represent the last chance for the teams to prepare for the Australian GP.
For those trackside, the biggest obvious change since the end of the 2013 season has been F1′s new, milder engine note.
For the drivers, however, the major talking point is ‘torque’.
The V8 engines of last year, and the radical new generation of ERS-bolstered turbo V6s, are actually producing similar overall power.
Kevin Magnussen made a great start to his official F1 career by topping the times for McLaren in Jerez
Once again it was a day of mixed fortunes for the teams, with Red Bull enduring another disaster while others successfully logged a lot of laps. Daniel Ricciardo completed only three laps in the RB10, without actually recording a time, before his team gave up for the day.
Adrian Sutil begins a new chapter in his career this season as Sauber becomes only his second F1 team, having been with Force India since 2006, under its various names. Here’s what he said in a Q&A provided by the team today.
The start of the 2014 Formula One season is approaching. Is the adrenaline pumping yet?
“Yes, let’s say it’s getting there slowly. We are now at the end of January and we are close to the first test, I’m very excited to see how it will be, because no one really knows what the car is going to be like to drive on a circuit. There is a new era now with new engines and new cars. So I’m really excited and looking forward to stepping into a real new race car with a new team.”