Ferrari on fire in Bahrain

Ferrari F1 Team LogoIt is a pity we did not have chance to compare the pace of Ferrari with McLaren last weekend in Barcelona. Ferrari chose to test in Bahrain this week and along with them came Toyota.

Without comparison with other teams it is difficult to judge where these 2 teams stand. But the gap between Ferrari and Toyota on day 1 and day 2 of the Bahrain test is scary …

Bahrain – Day 1, February 4, 2008
1) K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 01:32.079
2) L. Badoer – Ferrari – 01:33.323
3) T. Glock – Toyota – 01:33.418
4) K. Kobayashi – Toyota – 01:33.656

Gap Raikkonen to Glock + 1:339s

Bahrain – Day 2, February 5, 2008
1) K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 01:30.595
2) L. Badoer – Ferrari – 01:32.230
3) T. Glock – Toyota – 01:32.889
4) J. Trulli – Toyota – 01:33.379

Gap Raikkonen to Glock + 2:294s

Yes, I am comparing Ferrari and Toyota and F1 champion with GP2 champion. Also both teams may be on totally different test programs. But still, almost 2.3 second gap is either sign of seriously slow Toyota or very formidable F2008 …

For comparison, the gap between fastest Mark Webber and slowest Jenson Button on Sunday in Barcelona was 1:423 second (on about 10 sec a lap shorter track).

While Ferrari are clearly set for another year at the sharp end of the grid, Toyota seems to be heading in Honda’s direction …

6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RichNo Gravatar says:

    Go Kimi!! Nice lap 2 seconds faster than last years record!!

  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    and then why so many think that Kimi will win the title :-)

    would really love to see how Ferrari compares to McLaren right now …

  3. RichNo Gravatar says:

    yea same here ahhah i hope kimi wins the championship again. he deserves it!

  4. ShaunNo Gravatar says:

    Looks good for Ferrari, but it’s always difficult to compare testing times against another team who may be on a completely different testing schedule.

    Still, nice lap times

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  5. BrunoNo Gravatar says:

    Nicely done to Ferrari but like Shaun said it’s not really worth it to compare just timing because each team is working on different parameters and testing differents elements of their car. Timing alone won’t give you an acurate preview of what’s to come. The first 2 or 3 races will give us a more likely picture of what the rest of the season will unfold ! See you’all in Singapore,

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  6. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    yes, difficult to compare unless we see the top cars side by side, but the reports coming out from different teams as well as from Ferrari suggest there is something seriously OK with the new Ferrari

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