Last week’s four-day Bahrain test was interesting in that it highlighted the current problems that are affecting the different teams. It is fairly clear that The teams with Mercedes engines are in the best shape at the moment. Between them they completed a total of 3,865 miles of running. When one adds this to the 2,400 miles achieved in Jerez, it is clear that Mercedes has an advantage. Ferrari completed 1,124 miles in the first test but then added 1,865 in the second test, but that means that the Italian manufacturer has done just short of 3,000 miles of track running in total, compared to Mercedes’s 6,265 miles.
It is a big difference. Renault is in even worse shape because its total mileage in the two tests is just 2,485 miles and it is clear that while we may not have seen the full potential of the engines, it may be some time before we do.