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Feb 19

F1: Vettel Upbeat Despite Ongoing Red Bull Problems

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during day one of Formula One Winter Testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during day one of Formula One Winter Testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel remains confident that the Red Bull RB10 will improve despite the ongoing problems for his team in Bahrain today.

Vettel stopped on circuit after a problem with the rear brakes locked and a minor fire ensued as the car was so hot. The team insisted that issues had been address since Jerez, and that a new problem cropped up today.

Feb 19

F1: Hamilton Pleased With Mercedes Progress In Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes AMG in Day 1 of Bahrain testing. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes AMG in Day 1 of Bahrain testing. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Mercedes says that the opening day of the Bahrain test was a good one for the team, despite brake by wire issues – related to the energy recovery system – ending the day early.

Lewis Hamilton set the third fastest lap of the day, although he stressed that the times are not important at this stage.

Feb 19

F1: Hulkenberg Quickest In Bahrain As Red Bull Continues To Struggle

Nico Hulkenberg for the Force India team during Day 1 Bahrain testing. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Nico Hulkenberg for the Force India team during Day 1 Bahrain testing.
(Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

After a break of 18 days, the end of the opening test in Jerez action resumed again in Bahrain today.

The twin four-day sessions at Sakhir represent the last chance for the teams to prepare for the Australian GP.

Feb 19

F1: Williams To Reveal Martini Livery In Bahrain

Artistic rendering of potential Martini Racing paint scheme for Williams F1 team. (Photo: Courtesy of www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/)

Artistic rendering of potential Martini Racing paint scheme for Williams F1 team.
(Photo: Courtesy of www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/)

Earlier, with the iconic Italian drinks brand set to return to formula one in 2014, it was believed the once-great British team would only officially unveil its new title sponsor and much-anticipated Martini livery ahead of the season opener in Australia.

But, actually, Williams – having tested its new Mercedes-powered FW36 in all-blue colors so far – said only that it would launch its race livery in time “for” Australia, not necessarily “in” Australia.

Feb 19

F1: FIA Confirms Rule Changes To Pre-Race Team Operations

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing prepares to drive. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing prepares to drive. (Photo: Getty Images)

The FIA has now formally ratified a rule change that will allow teams to play six curfew jokers rather than only two.

Although the change was tabled some time ago it has only just been added to the latest version of the Sporting Regulations. It will be in place only for this season, and acknowledges that teams face extra challenges in the first year of the new rules.