Saturday marked the final day of the final pre-season test for the Formula 1 teams in Bahrain. From what we have seen so far, the season opener in Melbourne promises to be very eventful, if nothing else. Mercedes power units have shown a clear edge in reliability with Ferrari looking good as well. Renault is quite a different story, having struggled immensely with software calibration relating to the new ERS (Energy Recover System). All four of the Renault-powered teams have run much less mileage than the rest of the field, with Caterham the only team of the four to complete a full race distance.
The pecking order of the teams appears to have been mixed up quite a bit as well. Mercedes and surprise Williams appear to have an advantage at the moment, followed by Ferrari, and possibly Force India. Red Bull has admitted to going a bit too aggressive on their car design and looks to be on the back foot for the beginning of the season. However, don’t count out the reigning world champs just yet. It’s a long season, and we still don’t know how the car will fair when both Red Bull and Renault get their teething issues sorted. No matter, it’s sure to be an exciting championship this year.