Dec.8th, 2004: The world's leading Formula 3 drivers ventured
out for their first look at the Bahrain International Circuit
today, and as luck would have it their day was one of the
few wet ones in the Gulf. Japanese Formula 3 championship
front-runner Richard Antinucci was fastest man for the Tom's
American driver set his time in the second of three free test
sessions, all of which were wet to some degree. Times dropped
throughout the first two sessions as drivers learnt their
way round the track on wet tyres and the rain eased, so that
all the day's leading times came late in the second test.
final session was a quiet one, as tyre supplierYokohama decided
to save its wet tyres in case of further rain this weekend.
Drivers were free to run dry tyres, but most saw it as a pointless
exercise and just eleven of the thirty-one did any laps in
Antinucci's time was less than one tenth of a second quicker
than British series racewinner Lucas di Grassi, driving one
of Hitech Racing's Dallara-Renaults. The pair were two tenths
clear of Japanese champion Ronnie Quintarelli. Next fastest
was Franck Perera of the Prema Powerteam.
said: "We're looking solid. The Tom's team always
goes well in international races and I've got faith! I like
learning new circuits and we have a good package. It was difficult
because the rain kept coming and going, but we were quick
in all conditions.
a good track. I found there is a lot of grip and I could just
push harder and harder and keep getting quicker. But it is
going to be quite different in the dry. Some corners will
be easily flat out where we had to lift off the throttle today."
for Sunday's Superprix takes place tomorrow. The supporting
MeCAR series also tested and qualified today. Salman bin Rashid
earned pole position for the first of three races, which takes
place tomorrow afternoon. The Mini category will also join
the qualifying and racing activity tomorrow and Friday.