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Renault Sport believe power problems are solved - First day of Bahrain testing kicks off with more laps for Renault teams

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Renault Sport believe power problems are solved
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F1 teams got back to work with the second week of pre-season testing starting in Bahrain today, and all eyes were on the Renault powered cars, after a disappointing start in Jerez. The first day in the desert wasn’t a total success either, with Red Bull completing 14 laps, Toro Rosso just 5 and Lotus themselves, in their first test day of the year, 8. Caterham managed 66 laps, though, with test driver Robin Frijns behind the wheel.

Despite the slow start once again, head of track operations at Renault Sport Rémi Taffin believes the major problems are over. He said: “This is basically our first day of testing, at Jerez we missed quite a lot… We can clearly say that today we could run our power unit as we wanted. Obviously it’s still not to the level we want but at least we’ve got a baseline to work on… We are on plan but still recovering.”

It won’t please Renault to see that a Mercedes powered car topped the times today though.