Testing has resumed ahead of the 2014 Formula One season, and so too must the pre-season observations.
It's notoriously difficult to ascertain exactly how the teams are faring this far out from the first race weekend, but it doesn't make it not worth trying to do so.
Teams are not yet necessarily pushing for pure speed, focusing instead on reliability. And those with a little something extra up their sleeves are likely to keep it just there—up their sleeves and out of sight of their rivals.
Day 1 in Bahrain told us plenty after a painful two-week wait from the tests in Jerez—so here we round up the observations and conclusions.
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