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Bahrain - Finally on the track

10th February 2009
Sakhir, 13th February 2009 - After a long waiting period the three teams participating in the double test session at the Sakhir circuit were able to get back to work on the track and not just at the box. The weather conditions improved during the night and today the visibility was good enough for the medical helicopters to start. The green lights at the end of the pit lane went on at 8am and Kimi Raikkonen (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro), Jarno Trulli (Toyota) and Christian Klien (BMW test driver) went out on the track. Trying to catch up the three teams drove as many laps as possible, although they knew that at least for the first two hours the track conditions weren't perfect. At the beginning the tarmac was very slippery - due to sand and humidity after the track had been cleaned in the morning. The lap times were similar to the ones with extreme wet tyres (around 1'50"). Later on the situation improved although it's still not perfect. Before the lunch break at 12:30 the lap times were as follows: Trulli with 1.34.318 (75 laps), followed by Raikkonen (1.34.463, 63 laps) and Klien (1.35.535, 52 laps).