After a break at the weekend, testing resumed in Bahrain today at the Sakhir circuit, home of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Ferrari, Toyota and BMW were all present and the trio of squads managed to get some proper running done after the sandstorms interrupted the schedule for much of last week. BMW’s Christian Klien came out on top at the end of the day, leading Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by 0.3s. Jarno Trulli finished the day in third for Toyota, a further 0.2s slower.
Klien reported no technical problems for BMW throughout the day and hailed the afternoon as very productive. Meanwhile, Raikkonen was trying out different tyre compounds as the Scuderia attempted to to learn as much as they could about the slick Bridgestone rubber as possible. Jarno Trulli completed two race distances in the new TF109 and also tested out the different tyre compounds available as well as working on fine-tuning the set up.
Today was a very productive day. We collected a lot of data and I even did a long run at the end of the session. Again we didn’t have a single technical problem, which is very encouraging. Christian Klien.
We made it through way more than two race distances today – in fact I think this is my personal best for mileage at a test day. So I’d say this was a positive and productive day. There were a lot of items to test on a full programme and we got through everything. We made good progress and we were consistently competitive all day long. This has been a good start to our second week here. Jarno Trulli.
Testing at Bahrain will continue tomorrow while other teams head to Barcelona to test at the Circuit de Catalunya.
|1.||Christian Klien BMW||1m32.544||131 Laps|
|2.||Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari||1m32.804||116 Laps|
|3.||Jarno Trulli Toyota||1m33.064||141 Laps|