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