Ferrari technical director James Allison has said the Scuderia acquired a lot of 'important data' during the second 2014 F1 pre-season test in Bahrain.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished up sixth and seventh on the combined times
and in total the Maranello-based squad did 285 laps with the new Ferrari F14 T – the fourth most of all the outfits in action and considerably more than the reigning champions, Red Bull, who again struggled.
Reflecting on the four-day test, which concluded on Saturday, Allison added that the aim now is to 'operate the car ever more closely to the way that it will run in a race'.
“We came to Sakhir aiming to work steadily through the huge list of actions that we must complete. We wanted to maximise track time, working methodically in order to be ready for Melbourne. I have to say that, with the exception of the morning of the third day, we did just that,” Allison told Ferrari's official website.
“We worked on learning how to get the best from the 2014 clutch and on tuning the new brake by wire system,” he added. “We looked in detail at balancing the temperature of all the cooling fluids, a key part of this year's rules, and we began gradually expanding the operating window of the new Energy Recovery System.
“We have been able to start to open up our understanding of the handling characteristics of the car and to begin to learn what sort of setup parameters the tyres respond to. Continuing with this work will be an important part of the programme over the last four days here in Bahrain.”
“For the last four days, our programme will see us attempt to operate the car ever more closely to the way that it will run in a race, providing invaluable practice for the drivers and subjecting the car and all its systems to the full rigor that it will need to withstand throughout the season,” he concluded.