The Marussia F1 Team enjoyed its most successful day of pre-season testing so far on Friday, with Jules Bianchi saying he is “really happy” with the progress being made.
The Frenchman completed 75 laps at the wheel of the Ferrari-powered MR03. It was a productive day for 24-year-old, who managed just eight laps at the second winter test due to a number of reliability issues with the new car.
“I am really happy with what we have achieved today,” he said. “The car feels good and we have had the reliability to really build our mileage. We would have liked to have some more laps for sure, but we were able to enjoy some good runs and get a really good feeling for the car in high and low fuel conditions.
“I am looking forward to my second day of running tomorrow and I hope we can continue the good work of the last two days. I would like to thank the Team and our partners Scuderia Ferrari for all the hard work, which is now starting to show on the track.”
Team-mate Max Chilton will complete the team’s pre-season running on Sunday after lapping the Bahrain International Circuit 44 times on the opening day.
John Booth, Marussia team principal, added: “We are encouraged by a second positive day of testing here in Bahrain, which we conclude having achieved the sixth highest number of laps here today. Once again we benefited from a reasonably smooth day of running and we were able to build the consistency we need to understand the car and get the maximum from it.
“It is still very early days for us; there is certainly a great deal more work to be done on set-up, which we will focus on rather more in the remaining two days. It feels like we are making good progress though and the hard work is starting to pay off.”
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