Pre season testing has continued in Bahrain and on day four the Mercedes team registered the fastest time under the guidance of driver Nico Rosberg. The return of Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari saw the driver register 82 laps of the circuit which was the most he has been able to register over a single day of testing so far.
The Ferrari driver ended up posting the third fastest time of the day with McLaren driver Jenson Button posting the second fastest time. On the other hand, Red Bull who are powered by the Renault engines have been poor on the track. The team managed just 15 laps before another problem put a halt on the teams preparations for the season opener.
The first race of the season is set to take place on the 16th March of this year in Melbourne. A number of crash safety regulations have been put in place which has meant that a number of teams have been forced to make a number of design changes.
The Lotus team have been amongst a few that have been struggling and have also been amongst the minority of teams that have gone for the split prong design on the front nose. One of the most exciting and yet contentious changes this year will be the addition of double points to the last race of the season.
The idea is that the season and championship will remain open and more exciting for longer which will therefore keep the ratings and viewers. Last year was said by many to be one of the most least exciting seasons in the sports long history as Red Bull Renault driver, Sebastian Vettel cruised to victory.
There had been rumours over the prestigious German sports car manufacturer, Porsche, coming to the Formula 1 sport. However, the Volkswagen owned brand quickly dismissed the claims and stated that they are thinking about a change in the brand recognition and will be looking to make the swift change from premium sports car manufacturer to a luxury car manufacturer with a wider range of models.