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Alonso: Bahrain a better marker

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Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets on Monday © Sutton Images

Fernando Alonso admits he is developing a growing understanding of this year's car after a successful opening day in Bahrain.

Alonso enjoyed a solid run on Monday, posting 64 laps with only one engine problem throughout, on a day when the team was paying close attention to the F14T's break wire system. His time of 1:37.879 left Alonso top of the timing sheets and he admits the conditions in Sakhir make for a better testing environment than Jerez, which helped the team develop a better knowledge of the car.

"It's nice to be driving again, especially when you have more reference points compared to the previous time, which means you get a better feeling for the car," Alonso said. "We are also at a track that is more representative, with normal temperatures, where it's been easier to understand tyre behaviour."

"We are in a phase where we are discovering things and with every lap, we learn something new. For everyone, there is still a lot to do to be well prepared for Melbourne, so it will be important to make the most of every day we have available tous."

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