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Toyota hasten pace to end Bahrain test

Ferrari and Toyota on Monday closed out Formula One test sessions in Bahrain with Toyota driver Timo Glock reaching times set by Ferrari hotshoes Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen. Unofficial though they are, times remain an ultimate determinant...

Ferrari and Toyota on Monday closed out Formula One test sessions in Bahrain with Toyota driver Timo Glock reaching times set by Ferrari hotshoes Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.

Unofficial though they are, times remain an ultimate determinant for whatever conclusions outsiders can make about preseason team testing. A first for Toyota, their German race driver surpassed a quick lap of 1 minute, 31.329 seconds posted by world champion Raikkonen. Glock ran a 1:31.209.

Massa set the day's fastest time, 1:31.189. Toyota's Jarno Trulli ran to a quick lap of 1:31.689.

Both teams returned to set-up and general development testing after simulating races during the weekend. Both teams completed full and lengthy programs.

After problems halted their day ahead of schedule Sunday, Ferrari reported no technical problems with the F2008s. Raikkonen ran 85 laps and Massa 91 on the warmest track yet offered, 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Toyota's trouble-free program included practice warm-up laps and starts. Glock completed 71 laps and Trullu 86 .

"It was a good day for us," Glock said. "We did a lot of work on set-up and tried several things, so in the end it has been worthwhile. We can be happy with the results. I would like to say thanks to the guys at the track and back at the factory because everyone is working so hard to make progress.

"Today we looked at set-up over a longer distance and made some improvements, but we still have to work hard. It has been an important test here and it has gone well. It was a good possibility to test in higher temperatures and we looked at our balance in warmer conditions as well as cooling."

Dieter Gass, chief engineer for race and test, called the day positive and the test productive.

"We have learnt a lot about how the TF108 reacts to set-up changes, and consequently we have made clear improvements in performance, so we can be pleased with our work," Gass said. "The TF108 has proved to be very reliable during this test, which is very encouraging for the season ahead, but also we have seen the car is definitely an improvement on the TF107."

"This has been another productive day of set-up work -- a positive end to a positive test for us in Bahrain. We have learnt a lot about how the TF108 reacts to set-up changes and consequently we have made clear improvements in performance, so we can be pleased with our work. The TF108 has proved to be very reliable during this test, which is very encouraging for the season ahead, but also we have seen the car is definitely an improvement on the TF107."

Teams next test in Barcelona.

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