Two teams confirmed for Bahrain tests

Tue, 22 January 2008, 12:21

Only two of F1’s eleven teams have confirmed that they will take part in the pre-season Bahrain tests next month.

After nine teams participated in the Sakhir sessions one year ago, officials for the circuit have revealed that, so far, only Ferrari and Toyota look set to make the trip to the Gulf island in 2008.

The Bahrain International Circuit will host six days of testing in total next month; between February 4 and 6, and February 9 and 11.

Last year, only Williams and Spyker (now Force India) did not test in Bahrain. One year later, Williams, Force India, Renault, McLaren, BMW-Sauber, Honda, Super Aguri, Red Bull and Toro Rosso have also decided to stay in Europe.

The circuit’s commercial director Steven Umferville says it is possible that more teams will decide at the last minute to accompany Ferrari and Toyota to the tests.

“Surely they are aware of the benefits that testing in Bahrain with a warm climate would bring to their car development, but it can get quite expensive considering the logistics and all the team personnel who would need to travel,” he told the Gulf Daily News.

Both Ferrari and Toyota are expected to test at Sakhir with their newly launched 2008 cars, and their race driver line-ups.

All teams will then return to the circuit in April for the Bahrain grand prix.

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