Ferrari man Fernando Alonso encountered 'no unexpected difficulties' on Wednesday when F1 2014 pre-season testing resumed in Bahrain.

The Spaniard wounded up seventh in the combined times following the four-day session at Jerez last month and at the close of the opening day in Sakhir was second best on a 1 minute 37.879 seconds.

He spent the day once again focusing on 'checking of all aspects' of the new power unit systems and some aerodynamic testing, as well as paying 'particular attention' to fine tuning the new brake by wire system, to optimise the balance of the car: "This first day went off without encountering any unexpected difficulties and Fernando was able to complete a total of 64 laps," the Scuderia confirmed.

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"It's nice to be driving again, especially when you have more reference points compared to the previous time, which means you get a better feeling for the car," Alonso told Ferrari's official website.

"We are also at a track that is more representative [than Jerez], with normal temperatures, where it's been easier to understand tyre behaviour. We are in a phase where we are discovering things and with every lap, we learn something new."

"For everyone, there is still a lot to do to be well prepared for Melbourne, so it will be important to make the most of every day we have available to us," added the two-time F1 world champion, who will continue running in the F14 T on Thursday, before team-mate Kimi Raikkonen takes over on Friday and Saturday.