Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen topped the timesheets on the first day of testing at Bahrain on Thursday.
The Ferrari pair were separated by less than two tenths of a second, although Massa completed nearly double the amount of laps of his new teammate.
Both drivers set their fastest laps at the end of the day, while completing ten-lap stints. The Ferrari looked very fast of the straights of the Sakhir circuit, setting a top speed five km/h faster than McLaren and eight more than Honda.
Jenson Button was an encouraging third quickest for Honda, although he did lose time in the morning when his car stopped on track with throttle problems.
Lewis Hamilton followed his countryman with the fourth quickest time, while Button's teammate Rubens Barrichello was fifth quickest with his best time from the morning session.
Pedro de la Rosa was next up for McLaren, while Sebastian Vettel was the first of the BMW drivers with the seventh best lap.
The German driver enjoyed a trouble-free day and managed to complete his programme, unlike teammate Nick Heidfeld, whose session was cut short due to technical problems.
Jarno Trulli was eighth quickest for Toyota ahead of Heidfeld.
Anthony Davidson was 10th fastest for Super Aguri, while Heikki Kovalainen was the top Renault driver after he completed the most laps of anyone during the day and set the 11th best time.
"The track conditions were pretty good straight away this morning, and that allowed us to begin our programme immediately," said Kovalainen.
"We did the planned race distance without any problems, which was a good start, and we then worked on car set-up, which gives us a good basis for the rest of the week."
Most of the drivers set their best times in the afternoon session, except Rubens Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and the Renault duo of Kovalainen and Nelsinho Piquet.
There were a total of five red flags during the session, the first caused by McLaren's de la Rosa, who stopped on track with an oil leak. Trulli and Heidfeld suffered gearbox problems, while Button was hindered by a throttle-related issue.
Mark Webber and Vettel caused the final two red flags of the session, which was extended by 15 minutes.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:31.766 86
2. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:31.901 47
3. Button Honda (B) 1:32.099 83
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:32.182 83
5. Barrichello Honda (B) 1:32.570 101
6. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:32.621 47
7. Vettel BMW-Sauber (B) 1:32.652 104
8. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:32.787 33
9. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:32.810 49
10. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:32.996 76
11. Kovalainen Renault (B) 1:33.139 113
12. Piquet Renault (B) 1:33.816 92
13. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.077 27
14. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.595 31
15. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) 1:35.265 35
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Nick Heidfeld led the way for BMW on the second day of testing at Bahrain on Friday - continuing to show just how competitive his team are likely to be in 2007 by finishing nearly eight tenths of a second ahead of his closest rival.
With much warmer temperatures greeting the teams for the second day of this week's test, Heidfeld set his best lap of 1:30.469 in the cooler morning - as track temperatures topped 40 degrees centigrade by the afternoon.
Heidfeld set the fastest lap of the day during a qualifying simulation, and the German also worked on a scheduled aerodynamic test with the F1.07.
Teammate Robert Kubica, taking over from test driver Sebastian Vettel, was fifth fastest after 100 laps of the Sakhir circuit. Both Heidfeld and Kubica managed to carried out a full race simulation in the afternoon, completing a productive day for the team.
"Today was a good day we did a race simulation which went problem free which was very satisfying for us as last time we had some technical problems in the winter runs but today went well and the speeds seemed good," said Heidfeld.
"We have three more days of testing here, one tomorrow then two days off and two more days after that. It is the most important test for us and for many I'm sure as it's the last big test before the start of the season.
"I'm really excited about the start of the season, it is very special to me the first race and also I enjoy Melbourne and at the moment the car is looking good."
World champion Fernando Alonso was second for McLaren, and he and fourth fastest teammate Lewis Hamilton conducted long runs to try and dial their MP4-22 into the right settings for the season opening Australian Grand Prix.
Jenson Button proved that yesterday's much stronger showing from Honda Racing was not a flash in the pan as he set the third quickest time - although was 1.4 seconds adrift of Heidfeld.
Robert Kubica was fifth fastest, just a few hundredths of a second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, whose long run pace looked the most impressive during the day.
Renault's test driver Nelson Piquet Jr. was seventh quickest, ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Honda's Rubens Barrichello.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:30.469 103
2. Alonso McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:31.225 64
3. Button Honda (B) 1:31.807 107
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:31.934 87
5. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:32.220 100
6. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:32.240 67
7. Piquet Renault (B) 1:32.539 82
8. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:32.584 68
9. Barrichello Honda (B) 1:32.614 63
10. Kovalainen Renault (B) 1:32.973 67
11. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.139 65
12. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:33.155 90
13. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:33.248 108
14. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.930 42
15. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.187 24
16. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) 1:34.464 50
World champion Fernando Alonso led McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheet on the third day of preseason testing in Bahrain.
The Spaniard set a time of 1:30.994, just one tenth of a second faster than Hamilton, with the Ferrari pair of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen a further seven tenths behind.
The test session was held under partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures at the Sakhir track, with all teams but Williams and Spyker taking part in the running.
The day began with Toro Rosso's Scott Speed bringing the session to a stop as he spun off an hour into the running, but he avoided damage to his car and was later able to continue, finishing the day last on the timesheet.
Toyota's Jarno Trulli, who ended only just ahead of Speed, brought out the second red flag at noon, when his car stopped on track, followed shortly after by Raikkonen, who suffered a gearbox failure.
After lunch, Alonso too had to stop on track, with oil dripping from the floor of his MP4/22. Hamilton also stopped on track an hour later.
The technical gremlins also affected BMW Sauber, with Nick Heidfeld's engine blowing after lunchtime, while teammate Robert Kubica's car had an oil line problem that resulted in an engine change.
Nevertheless, the Polish driver was able to complete his programme, testing various damper settings and new aero parts, which the team said had brought positive results. Heidfeld and Kubica finished the day as 10th and 11th fastest respectively.
Honda's Jenson Button, seventh overall, also saw an engine change, as did Red Bull's David Coulthard, who also had his gearbox changed in the RB3. Coulthard was eighth fastest, with teammate Mark Webber only 14th.
Button's teammate Rubens Barrichello had a productive day, running the most laps of all drivers with a total of 129, and setting the sixth fastest time.
Super Aguri's Anthony Davidson was also showing consistency, accumulating a total of 126 trouble-free laps in the interim car.
Also running over a hundred laps were test drivers Nelson Piquet Jr for Renault and Franck Montagny for Toyota. Both finished ninth and 13th fastest, respectively.
Toyota, however, faced a unique problem at the start of the day: the Japanese team ran out of fire extinguishers yesterday, having emptied all three on hand. Nevertheless, new ones were flown into the Middle Eastern track overnight.
Testing at Bahrain continues next week.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Alonso McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:30.994 73
2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:31.094 53
3. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:31.718 52
4. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:31.867 100
5. Kovalainen Renault (B) 1:32.032 86
6. Barrichello Honda (B) 1:32.115 129
7. Button Honda (B) 1:32.137 78
8. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:32.220 73
9. Piquet Renault (B) 1:32.334 102
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:32.451 65
11. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:32.475 95
12. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:32.553 126
13. Montagny Toyota (B) 1:32.917 110
14. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.034 73
15. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:33.062 104
16. Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:33.255 60
nelmesy16 wrote:yea but the car is almost identicle they should be much closer in time wise... i mean by they should be within 1.5 seconds not 3-4 seconds
Yes they are nearly identical but there are lots of thins to take into consideration.
Newey practically designed both cars so yes they will be the same practically.
But the RBR 02 suffered from wrong information from Ferrari and were off the pace too. Perhaps coming off the same at STR
The STR 02 is also using the Ferrari engines and Ferrari are only doing it for the money/development of their own car so you can hardly blame them.