Today’s Formula 1 testing at the Sepang International Circuit was marred by bad weather conditions.

An overnight downpour meant the track was effectively unusable until it had dried out around 11am, then just as the teams were getting into the swing of things in the afternoon another downpour took place and effectively put an end to testing for the day.

feliperain3.JPGPoor Felipe Massa must be wondering what he has to do to get some luck, while his team mate Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed glorious sunshine throughout his testing on Tuesday and Wednesday, the minute the diminutive Brazilian gets near the car the heavens open.

This has prompted rumours that the Kimster was seen smuggling a large object out of the circuit under his coat. Eye witnesses outside the track have confirmed Kimi disappeared off in a taxi to his hotel in the presence of the lucky talisman that is the red Ferrari good luck weather cow.

On track Formula 1’s new golden boy Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets with a best time of 1:35.918 in the limited window of opportunity that presented itself. Red Bull’s Mark Webber came in second and Ralf Schumacher finally proved he is in the top 3 drivers in Formula 1 after all by posting the third best time of the day (despite only 10 cars running in the first place) well done Ralf you must be pleased.

Felipe Massa managed the 5th fastest time of the day marginally ahead of Nico Rosberg for Williams in 6th and Jenson Button for Honda in 7th.

heidfeldpod.JPGThe local children were happily entertained to see their hero Star War’s character Chewbacca (aka Nick Heidfeld) stop in the morning with an oil leak, which promptly set fire to his race pod causing damage to the bodywork (the only thing missing was the odd Bantha and a selection of sand-people with rifles to complete the scene).

Another downpour began again in the afternoon putting an end to any effective dry weather running, with the teams all agreeing to run again tomorrow with the exception of Scuderia Torro Rosso. The weather today has been a cause of much frustration to the teams, and none more so than to Renault’s team boss Flavio Briatore. The feisty Italian was seen heading into the Renault Garage ranting and raving because he could no longer sit on the pit-wall and go to work on improving his orange tan.

In other news, it is rumoured that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been hard at work axing traditional grand prix left, right and centre. The current rumour is that Magny-Cours is going to be dropped from the 2008 Formula 1 calendar and that an imminent announcement is to be made on whether it will be replaced by a grand prix instead in Singapore.

According to the rumour mill, the official announcement will be made tomorrow…one can’t help but think that the French Formula 1 fans will not be happy about having to trek all the way to Singapore instead to see some action.

Tune in tomorrow for more action from Sepang.

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