Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari exits his team garage to drive during day four of Formula One Winter Testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

of Finland and exits his team garage to drive during day four of Formula One Winter Testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari technical director James Allison says that the Italian team made progress at the first Bahrain test.

Although Kimi Raikkonen had a crash right at the end of the last day the F14 T ran an encouraging number of test laps.

“We came to Sakhir aiming to work steadily through the huge list of actions that we must complete,” Allison told the Ferrari website. “We wanted to maximize track time, working methodically in order to be ready for Melbourne. I have to say that, with the exception of the morning of the third day, we did just that.

“We worked on learning how to get the best from the 2014 clutch and on tuning the new brake by wire system. We looked in detail at balancing the temperature of all the cooling fluids, a key part of this year’s rules, and we began gradually expanding the operating window of the new Energy Recovery System.”

Crucially the team was able to move on from systems checking to actually preparing for races.

“We have been able to start to open up our understanding of the handling characteristics of the car and to begin to learn what sort of set-up parameters the tires respond to. Continuing with this work will be an important part of the program over the last four days here in Bahrain.

“For the last four days, our program will see us attempt to operate the car ever more closely to the way that it will run in a race, providing invaluable practice for the drivers and subjecting the car and all its systems to the full rigor that it will need to withstand throughout the season.”

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