To show what can be done when sand is cleared off and rubber laid down, Kimi Raikkonen on Tuesday blistered the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain during Formula One testing in the Asian island nation.
Driving a Ferrari F2008, world champion Raikkonen roared to a quick lap of 1 minute, 30.595 seconds, well ahead of team test driver Luca Badoer, whose best time was 1:32.230.
Badoer's program concentrated on set-up development while Raikkonen went about a race simulation, including three qualifying segments and race distance.
Also testing in Bahrain were Toyota, whose race drivers Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli drove TF108s to quick times of 1:32.889 and 1:33.379, respectively. Both cars were slowed by gearbox problems, according to Pascal Vasselon, the team's senior general manager for chassis.
"Our focus today was again on developing the baseline set-up by trying different mechanical solutions, but unfortunately we lost a bit of time on both cars due to gearbox issues," he said. "This was a shame, but we have been testing various parts, including the new gearbox, and we will learn from these issues to improve our package before the season starts."