Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg topped the timesheets as the second pre-season test of 2014 got underway in Bahrain on Wednesday. The German edged out Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with a lap time that was some 0.081s quicker than last year’s fastest race lap in Sakhir. Red Bull, meanwhile, continued to experience teething troubles with their new car
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Williams Grand Prix has announced the conclusion of a new multi-year partnership agreement with Brazilian multi-national energy company Petrobras. The deal will see Petrobras work on new fuels for the team to be used as of the 2015 season, meaning that Williams will run this season with Mercedes' recommended Petronas fuels.
Akebono Brake Industry and McLaren have announced an extension to their technology partnership. From 2014 onwards, Akebono is elevated to the status of ‘Technology Partner’ of the McLaren Mercedes team and will design and integrate an all-new braking system in response to the latest changes in the Formula 1 regulations.
F1: Red Bull engine supplier Renault believe pre-season issues aren’t fatal but they remain some way off Mercedes and Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes boss admits Red Bull are still the team to beat despite torrid time in testing
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Toto: “Our rivals have strong partnerships, but I wouldn’t want to change ours”
Mercedes is confident it is at a significant advantage this year by having an in-house engine department working closely with its chassis team