Imola, 9.00. Sparkling sunshine and spring temperatures welcomed the drivers onto the track for the pre-season test session ahead of the 2011 Trofeo Maserati season. After the spectacular final race at Mugello last season, the countdown has begun for round one; this season's opening race will be held at the Romagna circuit on the first weekend in May.
There were a few new faces as well as a few familiar ones spotted in the paddock at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit. All the drivers are looking forward to trying out what the Maserati Corse technicians have introduced for the 2011 Trofeo.
As expected for a test session, no-one was keeping an eye on the lap times because the main aim was getting to know the car, the track and, of course, checking out the other drivers.