The third day of pre-season testing at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain, was a pretty quiet low key affair for the boys from the Scuderia.

Spectators at Sakhir discussing the finer points of the day’s action

The day began partly cloudy and partly sunny with warm temperatures, however within an hour the first red flag was out. Scuderia Torro Rosso driver Scott Speed got off to a fantastic start so shortly after resigning contracts with the STR team by spinning the car and narrowly avoiding hitting a tyre wall. The car was undamaged, however it remains to be seen if the American’s eardrums remain intact from the pit to car radio.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikonnen and Felipe Massa carried out long run tests on the Ferrari Engine, and managed to cover more than double race weekend distance including pitstops, different car set-ups and testing different components without Kimi disappearing off to a local bar for a glass or three of rose-water.

McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets today, with the World Champion only managing to beat his rookie team-mate by one tenth of a second. The Kimster and his Brazilian sparring partner, were seven tenths behind the leading duo.

Neither team managed to complete their programmes without the odd gremlin in the works. Kimi’s car suffered a gearbox failure on exiting the pitlane (it wasn’t him who broke it honestly!), Lewis Hamilton suffered a rare McLaren engine failure and Fernando Alonso had to stop out on track when oil started dripping out of the floor of his MP-22…well if he will take to cooking Paella as he goes round….

The Kimster: another stroll back to the garage…he is no stranger to that

They can all breathe a huge sigh of relief though as winter testing surprise favourites BMW, also had a few technical gremlins today. Nick Heidfeld’s engine blew up after lunchtime and Robert Kubica also had to have his engine changed due to an oil-line problem.

Red Bull’s David Coulthard managed to finish the day in 8th, while antipodean pit-lane drama queen Mark Webber finished 14th presumably still carping about the tight fitting seat in his RB3 (technical tip: try leaving the handbag at home Mark there will be more room in the cockpit.)

Testing resumes on tuesday next week at the Sakhir circuit, stay tuned.

nicholascage.JPG In other news, Hollywood Legend Nicholas Cage is reportedly interested in making a movie about motor racing after attending the Daytona 500. Cage did not confirm whether the film would concentrate on Le Mans, Daytona, Formula One or all three. Given the outfit perhaps Nicholas Cage would make a good job of playing Michael Schumacher’s wardrobe in an F1 film….