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Bahrain day three - Ferrari still on top form 06 Feb 2008

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Ferrari F2008, Bahrain, 5 February 2008. © Ferrari S.p.A. Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Monday 14 January 2008. World © Hartley/Sutton 
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) with race engineer Chris Dyer, Bahrain, 5 February 2008. © Ferrari S.p.A.

Ferrari maintained their stranglehold on the timesheets in Bahrain as the three-day test session at the Sakhir track concluded on Wednesday. For the third day in a row Kimi Raikkonen was the man to beat, the Finn the only driver to dip below the 1m 31s mark, after clocking a best time of 1m 30.455s.

Raikkonen was joined on track by team mate Felipe Massa, who set the second-fastest time for the Italian squad. The pair compared different set-ups options, as they worked through a programme which focused on the general development of the F2008.

Jarno Trulli was the quickest Toyota driver in third, while team tester Kamui Kobayashi clocked the fourth-fastest time. Trulli and Kobayashi covered over 150 laps, as they gathered data.

“We can be pleased with today’s work, which was mainly focused on mechanical set-up for race conditions,” said Pascal Vasselon, senior general manager chassis. “We wanted to investigate several options and we now have a lot of data to study which will help us. It has been a very useful three days.”

Both squads will remain in Bahrain for another three-day test, which is scheduled to get underway on Saturday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Bahrain:
1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:30.455
2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:31.293
3. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:32.145
4. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:32.265