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Bahrain hosts the latest tests

Bahrain hosts the latest tests

The Bahrain International Circuit will host the last four days of pre-season training for the Formula One World Championship teams between tomorrow and Sunday, their last opportunity to fine-tune the new cars before the start of the championship, from March 14 to 16 in Australia .
INTERAfter testing in Jerez at the end of January and last week in Bahrain, the teams face the final test of the cars equipped with the new 1.6-liter turbo engines.
Those two sessions made it clear that the most fit cars of the preseason are being, in this order, the Mercedes and the Mclaren-Mercedes, while the until now all-powerful Red Bull team is suffering more than expected, like the rest of equipment powered by Renault.
While Mercedes and McLaren managed to complete around 300 laps in the last four days in Bahrain, the Red Bull world champions barely exceeded 100.
Red Bull, which could only do 21 laps at Jerez, improved somewhat in the first test round in Bahrain, although they only totaled 116 laps between four-time German champion Sebastian Vettel and Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
The team that has dominated the World Cup for the last four years hope to have solved their problems and to complete four productive days in Bahrain this week. This week it will be Ricciardo who will shoot the first two days. He will be relieved by Vettel on Saturday and Sunday.
Mercedes is presented as the big favorite with a view to the opening race in Melbourne, not only because the German Nico Rosberg and the British Lewis Hamilton set the best times last week in Bahrain, but because of the 315 laps of work they accumulated between them, in which the FW05 had a remarkable performance both on a lap and in long runs.
Also consistent was the new McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes by the British Jenson Button and the Danish Kevin Magnussen, as well as the Williams FW36 by the Finn Valtteri Bottas and the Brazilian Felipe Massa.
After missing the Jerez test, Lotus got back to work last week in Bahrain, and there will be a lot of work for the Sakhir track again.
And Ferrari also hopes to maintain the good tone exhibited in the first two sessions, at least in terms of reliability.
The Spanish Fernando Alonso and the Finn Kimi Raikkonen completed 287 laps between the two in the last Sakhir test, in which they only accused a fault in the telemetry system. They finished sixth and seventh on the time table respectively.
The only black point for the Scuderia was the accident suffered by Raikkonen with ten minutes remaining on the fourth and final day of last week. EFE

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