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Bahrain day three - test halted again as sandstorm lingers 12 Feb 2009

A sandstorm stops running on day three. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F60. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, 12 February 2009. © Ferrari A sandstorm stops running early on day two. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, 11 February 2009.

After spending most of Wednesday sheltering from a sandstorm, the three teams testing in Bahrain this week had hoped to continue their programmes on Thursday. But with strong winds continuing to stir up sand, the Sakhir track was forced to close for all but the briefest spell.

For Toyota’s Jarno Trulli, who was due to enjoy his first proper dry run in the TF109, the closure was particularly frustrating. Trulli covered just one slow-speed installation lap before the session was red-flagged.

"I've never seen a sandstorm in the desert before so this is a new experience for me,” said the Italian. “I went out for one installation lap in the morning and the track was covered in dust. My first test in Portugal was also heavily disrupted by the cold and the rain so I'm itching to have a real run in the car.”

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was also limited to just one lap, as he took over testing the F60 from team mate Felipe Massa. And with Robert Kubica confined to one lap too, BMW Sauber fared little better, although the engineers did run a number of system checks with the car up on its stands in the garage.

The four-day Bahrain test is scheduled to conclude on Friday.