Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Mercedes the team to beat ahead of the final winter test in Bahrain

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)
The final pre-season Formula One test gets underway tomorrow at the Bahrain International Circuit  and the Mercedes AMG F1 Team are the outfit to beat with just four day's of testing to go before the teams head Down Under to Melbourne Australia for the first race of the 2014 season.
The Brackley based squad appear to have got on top of the new era of Formula One regulations extremely quickly and have topped the timesheets on numerous occasions during the pre-season period. Not only have the 'works team performed well with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the wheel of the new W05 but their customer team's McLaren, Force India and Williams have also performed extremely well. They are not the only teams to have achieved good mileage and overall good reliability so far.
The Ferrari F1 Team have also preformed well during the preseason period with Kimi Raikkonen confirming on Friday that the Italian outfit will spend the final four days of the test fine tuning the F14T. The team also confirmed that they will run their biggest upgrade package so far during winter testing.
Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso from the Renault powered team's have been struggling throughout testing particularly the Red Bull team as firstly they had an issue with how the new power units were packaged in the car.
The team then suffered issues with the new Energy Recovery Systems as it was overheating and began burning body work.
The Lotus F1 Team who missed the first test of the Winter in Jerez have shown good reliability with their new E22 and the outfit's technical director Nick Chester has said that there is more to come from the car as they continue to unlock the performance.
The outcome of the final test will go a long way in determining the pecking order for the first race of the new season in Melbourne, Australia which takes place in less then three weeks.
©Ben Johnston 2014

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