We started slowly but we’re making strong progress. Certainly, we started from a position very far from where we want to be. On the first day we completed a mere seven laps, then 18 then next, 26 and 59 by the final day so we are heading in the right direction in terms of track time, and time on the track is what we need to understand and develop the car.
There is still a lot of pace to be found from the E22. We’re working with Renault Sport F1 on the operation of the power unit, we only ran the power unit at representative power levels during the last day of the test and there is more time to come from optimising power delivery and allowing the drivers more time to get used to it. We haven’t started looking at car setup yet which will unlock more performance.
We have to remember this is very sophisticated new technology we are running and we are adopting a cautious approach to understanding how everything should work. Certainly the problems we have had relating to the energy store unit have meant lengthy amounts of time in the garage as we change components.
The correlation of how the car looks in the wind tunnel and in simulations relative to how it performs aerodynamically on track seem to be good which is encouraging for your future developments with the car. The last day of running was very productive and has given us a lot of data to work with going forwards.
Hopefully more laps. We’ve identified a number of issues which emerged at the first test and we’ve rectified them. For the second test we want to move on to better understanding progress made on the drive-train and start working on setup of the car as well as race and qualifying simulations.
Romain was unfortunate as he had the bulk of the time consuming issues last week so it’s a little early to conclude his feedback on the car. Pastor had more laps and has been positive about the car. We’re working on areas like brake mapping to improve braking stability as this is very different with the energy recovery and brake by wire system on this year’s car.
We certainly have a reasonable amount of bits to bolt to the car. These will be both modified and new parts based on the lessons learnt in the first Bahrain test and also parts related to the ongoing development programme.
Clearly it’s a different scenario to this time last year for all teams. All teams will be concentrating on race simulations at this week’s Bahrain test to prepare for Melbourne.