Final day of testing in Bahrain today, and another fine and warm day with thankfully a little less wind and certainly less dust in the air.
In the morning session we completed some longer runs and also a few practice starts once again before heading out on a new tyre run before the track surface temperature increased too much to be beyond its best. As luck would have it, as I completed my prep laps on the tyres, out came a red flag. On a positive, at least it wasn’t halfway through my push lap, but it still cost the best of the tyre by the time we resumed and I pushed again. Also, it meant the track was that little bit warmer. Nevertheless, I managed to go quicker than yesterday with a 1:47.5.
In the afternoon session we prepared some brakes in the early laps, and then completed another race run before a final push to end the test with another new set at the end of the session. Again I managed a 1:47.5 which this time was good enough to push up to P16 for the session.
Overall, I think it has been a very positive first test at this level, where we have moved forward in every session. Certainly I know there is more to learn in the tyre, but that is coming and I am very much looking forward to the race in a couple of weeks.
Thank you to my engineer Mihai who has been great to work with, and thank you to all the team at Jenzer Motorsport.
I want to thank my amazing team of investors behind my racing back home in Australia, and as always I want to thank my sponsors Lazersafe, High Energy Service, Edith Cowan University, Online Logistics Solutions, The Wealth Designers, Grand Toyota Wangara, Fullworks Firesafety, ABC Containers, Rvend, Signarama, Inside 50 Player Management, Inspired Insurance Services and Walker Wayland.
Now back to Switzerland, and looking forward to being back here for the Grand Prix!