Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes AMG in Day 1 of Bahrain testing. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

for AMG in Day 1 of Bahrain testing. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Mercedes says that the opening day of the Bahrain test was a good one for the team, despite brake by wire issues – related to the energy recovery system – ending the day early.

Lewis Hamilton set the third fastest lap of the day, although he stressed that the times are not important at this stage.

“It’s been impressive to see us start the Bahrain test with good mileage and reliability,” said Hamilton. “Especially when you see how difficult it is for everyone with the new regulations. The team can be very proud of this after so much hard work. Today was another good test of the car to see if any issues came up – we had a small issue with the brakes at the end, but were still able to achieve a lot of laps today.

“We’re not aiming to be top of the timesheets at the moment, it’s more about ticking the reliability boxes, but we can be happy with where we are before the halfway point of the pre-season tests.”

“We ran our program as expected today until the running came to a conclusion slightly earlier than we would have liked with a brake issue,” said Paddy Lowe. “We did get through all of the planned data logging runs, and the lap count was high. There is a great deal still to be done and a lot of the things we’ve been focusing on during the break since Jerez are working as intended.

“That is a great credit to the team working on the car at the factory and at the track to carry on from where we left off at the last test. Nico will be in the car tomorrow and we look forward to doing more long runs in consistent weather conditions.”

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