Bahrain – 19th February 2014
Driver: Robin Frijns
Total laps: 68
Robin Frijns: “We’ve obviously made quite a lot of progress since Jerez and having finished the day with 68 laps, a lot more than the other Renault powered teams, I think everyone can be quite pleased with how this test has started.
“For me it’s still too early to really tell how quick the car is because we haven’t yet started running anywhere near full performance levels, but overall it feels ok. I wasn’t getting a lot of grip from the back end to begin with but we made a few changes to the aero balance and by the end of the session it was starting to come together, especially on the mediums which we tried in the afternoon – the grip levels on those was much better and I could really start to push on that set.
“That’s my last day in the car before the season starts and I’m happy to finish in the car in Bahrain with that mileage completed. I’m enjoying being part of this team – they all know what they have to do to start pushing up the grid, and being part of that is good.”
Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1: “Today was obviously a more positive start to the test than we had in Jerez but we still have work to do to increase the performance levels to achieve the targets we have set for this stage of the season. A lot of work has been done since the first test, much of which has helped us achieve the mileage we did today, and after running without any major Power Unit problems throughout the whole day it is clear we have made significant progress, both for us and with the team.”