Hydraulic leak halts Caterham
8 April 2014 – Caterham F1 test and reserve driver Robin Frijns saw his test outing in Bahrain curtailed early on Tuesday due to a hydraulic system leak.
The Dutchman, who ran in free practice one last Friday ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, round three in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, still managed 63 laps though in the CT05, his best effort around the Sakhir Circuti today a 1 minute 40.027 seconds.
"I'm glad we managed to complete 63 laps this morning but it's obviously a shame we couldn't add to that in the afternoon, especially as I felt good in the car and was enjoying myself," he noted. "When we finished the last run before lunch we found a hydraulic system leak that meant the guys had to take the floor and gearbox off and with the time it would have taken to rebuild the car we made the call to end the session early so we could prepare for day two."
"There's not much I can say about the tyres we were running today as they're obviously development sets and because it was a Pirelli test today we weren't aware of what compounds we were running," added the 2012 FR3.5 Series Champion.
"Now [race driver] Marcus [Ericsson] takes over for tomorrow, our last day on track in Bahrain this year, and we'll aim to have a clear day of our own test so we can leave Bahrain with as much information as possible from our last day here."