As Ferrari's fortunes flagged even further, word spread in the Bahrain paddock that Luca di Montezemolo is set to arrive in the Persian Gulf on Saturday.

As Ferrari's fortunes flagged even further, word spread in the Bahrain paddock that Luca di Montezemolo is set to arrive in the Persian Gulf on Saturday.

The Ferrari president may also be on official FOTA business, but figures in the Italian press insist Montezemolo is desperate to avoid his team sinking to the Scuderia's lowest ever trough this weekend at Sakhir.

Never in the history of the Prancing Horse has it attacked the opening four races of a championship without recording a single points finish.

The news coincided with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen slumping to 16th and 18th respectively on the second Friday timesheet, after the Finn Raikkonen earned a 4000 euro fine for speeding in the pitlane.

As the sport's pecking order seems to turn upside down, Force India's Adrian Sutil soared to seventh in the afternoon heat, as he and teammate Giancarlo Fisichella made use of a new 'double diffuser'.

On the other hand, BMW's good morning form fizzed in session two, while Williams' Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of Fernando Alonso.

In the sister Renault, Nelson Piquet got his hands on the same 'double diffuser' as Alonso, but trailed the famous Spaniard's pace by nearly a full second.

Championship leader Jenson Button settled not only behind the two Red Bulls but also Jarno Trulli's Toyota, while the morning pacesetter Lewis Hamilton dropped to 11th.

"We haven't made significant progress, we didn't bring anything new here this weekend -- our goal remains to score some more points," said the world champion.

 

 

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