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Bahrain day three - Glock fastest at Sakhir 18 Feb 2009

Timo Glock (GER) Toyota TF109. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday 18 February 2009.  
  
The car of Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F60 is brought back to the pits on a truck. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday 18 February 2009. Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F60. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday 18 February 2009. Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.09 stops with a mechanical problem. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday 18 February 2009.

Toyota’s Timo Glock was the driver to beat on Wednesday, as this week’s four-day Bahrain test session continued. In windy conditions, Glock’s best lap of 1m 32.492s put him over four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

The German, who took over testing the TF109 from team mate Jarno Trulli, focused his attentions on set-up work and covered 132 laps. He will continue to drive for the Japanese team at the Sakhir circuit on Thursday.

"That was another good day for us,” he said. “We didn't have any major problems and we again made it through a lot of work. It has been a bit tricky to drive today because there was a lot of wind. But in the end I'm happy that we did so much work and it's positive that we found some useful directions to work with."

Massa also evaluated a variety of set-ups, as he returned to the test track for Ferrari. Despite gearbox problems in the morning and electrical issues in the afternoon, the Brazilian completed a race simulation in the F60, and covered a total of 105 laps. He will test again on Thursday.

Completing the Bahrain line-up was Nick Heidfeld for BMW Sauber. Heidfeld spent the day trying different set-up solutions, but also found time to evaluate tyre options and carry out some practice starts. Although he covered 82 laps, his F1.09 stopped on track twice with mechanical problems.

“Obviously that cost us some track time,” the German explained. “But despite this I managed to run for 444 kilometres and we made good progress with the development of the car. We are still learning about the car and have already identified a few areas where we can make improvements.”

Testing continues in Bahrain on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Bahrain:
1. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:32.492
2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:32.917
3. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:32.993