At the risk of sounding like a very repetitive broken record and never shutting up, Ferrari continued to dominate the timesheets yesterday on the final day of winter testing at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain. You’d think they would have at least attempted to make things look a bit more exciting with a bit more “sandbagging”.
Felipe Massa continued to scorch around the track testing out the new F2007 aerodynamic package. The Brazilian posted the fastest recorded lap of the year at the Bahrain circuit, blitzed his nearest rival Heikki Kovaleinen with just over 4 tenths of a second lead, and had his day’s testing programme completed before lunch had even hit the table.
Kimi Raikonnen pottered around leisurely just under 7 tenths slower than his team mate, whether this was a cunning ploy to lull the rest of the field into a false sense security or Kimi just being “lazy” is impossible to say at this point.
Given Ferrari’s penchant for utmost secrecy and acting suspiciously even when there is nothing afoot, combined with Kimi’s reputation as a speed demon, one can’t help but wonder if we are all going to be completely gobsmacked come March 18th at Albert Park, Oz….
Renault’s Heikki Kovaleinen and Giancarlo Fisichella picked up the pace in the final day’s testing, posting the second and third fastest times, indicating that the previous World Champion winning team maybe be finally getting to grips with the Bridgestone tyres – setting up the prospect of a really exciting season opener in just over 2 weeks time.
At McLaren Fernando Alonso was back on track alongside fellow spaniard and test driver Pedro De La Rosa. The Double World Champion obviously felt in an unusually benevelont mood kindly gracing us with his presence and popped in the 5th fastest time of the day, before slipping into a comatose state when he got cornered by Ron babbling in the garage.
Scott Speed upset the apple-cart somewhat by managing to beat both of the sister Red Bulls’ in his STR2. David Coulthard and Mark Webber must be wondering if they are in fact actually in the B team and nobody thought to tell them. I bet that raised a few smiles at Williams given the verbal lashing they received not so long ago from ex-driver “Spade is a Spade” Webber.
The day’s excitement was too much for some ——–>
Reliability issues continued to plague the BMW-Sauber team, with both Heidfeld and Kubica’s cars breaking down on track in the dying minutes of the afternoon session. Despite setting the fastest times in testing just a week ago, both drivers were 1.7 seconds off the pace.
Finally, the Super Aguri team had to pack up and head home early after flu-ridden Takuma Sato managed to damage the monocoque of his car by going over the kerb.
Super Aguri have confirmed the launch of their new car will in fact be delayed again, this time it has been put back until the 14th March just four days before the Australian GP. Which doesn’t give them a whole lot of time to build a new one should the FIA crash test dummies have a hissy-fit again.
Now its just two weeks of frantic tweaking, fiddling and head scratching before the real action begins (and that’s just me with the TV remote control). Forza!