The cooling issues that plagued us in Jerez appear to have been fixed as we had no over-heating problems in the humid conditions of Bahrain.
Let's do some analysis, Bahrain Test One mileage:
Williams (323, 1748 km)
Mercedes (315, 1705 km)
McLaren (296, 1602 km)
Ferrari (287, 1553 km)
Caterham (253, 1369 km)
Sauber (240, 1299 km)
Force India (213, 1153 km)
Toro Rosso (134, 725 km)
Red Bull (116, 628 km)
Lotus (111, 601 km)
Marussia (29, 157 km)
7th out of 11 for Force India in terms of distance covered. With 11 teams attending the test, if everyone did equal running they would have each covered 9.1% of the total distance. As the pie chart on the left shows, Force India covered 9.2% - so we definitely did our fair share!
As Force India have Mercedes power plants in the back of their car, this bodes very well indeed! However, it must be stressed that this is only an indication into reliability. Renault engines covered the fewest miles in Bahrain, but it is quite possible that they have the fastest engine. Just an example of course, at this stage we have no indication ... teams are yet to even push the rev-limiter to its maximum, let alone set a competitive lap time. That is why articles stating that one team is the favourite are utter rubbish ... no-one knows at this stage, including the teams themselves.
We're 6th out of 11 teams when it comes to mileage. Exactly where we finished in the Constructors Championship last season! However we have covered 9.4% of the total running in 2014, that is 0.3% up on what would be our fair share (9.1%) so we have had a good solid start to the season.
Fairly conclusive data here - Mercedes have produced the most reliable engine, and the Renault engined teams appear to be struggling just to get their cars on the track. Of course this has already been well documented, it is just nice to see it in a more graphical form.
The cars have now had miles put on them in the cool conditions of Jerez, and the warmer climate of Bahrain - it is now time to see what they have speed wise!! That is exactly what this final test will be about, building pace and pushing for lap time. Of course teams will still be running reduced engine power or more weight to disguise their pace, however we should be able to deduce a loose pecking order when the test is complete; something we haven't been able to do up until this point so far. This is where the season really begins!