Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
BIANCHI MR03-02 P6/11 1:37.316
The second day of running at the Bahrain Test saw Jules Bianchi take over the driving duties in the MR03 (Chassis 02) for his one-day programme. The Marussia F1 Team continued to accrue valuable mileage and work through its development checklist, with Jules ending the day 6th out of the 11 drivers and with 93 laps under his belt.
Jules Bianchi #17
“It has been a really positive day today and I am pleased that we achieved so much mileage – the second highest lap tally of the teams. What we have learned will be useful for the short and long-term, but I am hopeful that we will see the benefit as soon as China, because we are making small but important steps and we need to keep moving forward like this.”
Dave Greenwood, Chief Engineer
“We have consolidated a productive test with some further good running with Jules today, which rounds off a very positive 10 day trip to Bahrain. It has been very hot here at the Bahrain International Circuit, producing ambient and track conditions that are representative of neither the pre-season test nor last weekend’s night race, so it’s fair to say we have the full spectrum of information from this circuit! What this has provided us with though is useful baseline data and allowed us time to tune a lot of the systems on the car, which isn’t as easy to complete with the pressures of a race weekend. We’ve achieved some good work in terms of aero evaluation and different set-ups, plus we have made progress with a dedicated brake development programme with Jules today. Reliability has been good on both days and overall we have worked on resolving a lot of small issues which have been present in the first three races. All in all, a good extended visit to Bahrain which, despite being a very tough schedule for the Team, has at least rewarded us with some extremely good data.”