Massa finished first day of Jerez test on top

Felipe Massa has finished the first day of pre-season testing in Jerez at the top of the time sheet. Massa completed 101 laps of the Jerez circuit, and finished the day with the best time of 1m 20.709s. Sauber F1 rookie Sergio Perez was second fastest, with a time of 1m 21.483s. The young Mexican driver said: “I’m very happy with how the day went. We covered a good mileage today and again I learnt a lot. I’m getting more and more confident with all the procedures with the team and the car. I’m looking forward to another busy day tomorrow.” Meanwhile, Red Bull’s Mark Webber completed 94 laps and finished 3rd fastest in the RB7. The weather remained dry all day and track temperatures raised above 28C as the morning chill eased. Toro Rosso’s reserve driver, Daniel Ricciardo set the fourth fastest time, when he got behind the wheel of the new STR6 in the morning session, with a time of 1m 21.755s, a time which Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari was not able to match in the afternoon. Ricciardo said: “Jerez is where I first drove a Formula 1 car, when I tested for Red Bull Racing at the end of ’09 and the last time I drove an F1 car was last November, again with Red Bull in Abu Dhabi. It doesn’t sound like a long time, but three months out of a race car is long enough. It was good to be back in the cockpit. Fortunately, I seem to have remembered how to drive! Driving the Toro Rosso for the first time was another exciting experience for me. It went well and I did enough laps this morning to get settled in the cockpit, which is important, as I hope to get a bit more track time in testing, so that I can feel confident when I get to Bahrain and run in free practice on Friday morning at my first Grand Prix weekend. I also managed to use both of the important new elements, the KERS and the DRS (drag reduction system) which seemed to function as planned and I felt quite comfortable by the end of the morning.” Three new cars made their track debuts this morning, with the McLaren MP4-26, the Force India VJM-04 and the Virgin MVR-02. Lewis Hamilton was at the wheel of the McLaren and completed 58 laps as well as finished the day with the fifth fastest time. The 2008 World Champion said: “Today was mainly about checking the car – not the most exciting day, but it was important to make sure everything was running okay. We didn’t do any particularly long runs, and I wasn’t too aggressive with the car, but we learned a couple of useful things. The car feels good compared to last year’s, which is positive. It feels like a good step over MP4-25.” The McLaren MP4-26 looked to be running a different layout to the one it had at its launch in Berlin last week, which gained the car a lot of attention today as spies from other teams tried to figure out if McLaren were running a forward-exiting exhaust similar to that of the new Renault. The McLaren MP4-26 looked to be running a different layout to the one it had at its launch in Berlin last week, which gained the car a lot of attention today as spies from other teams tried to figure out if McLaren were running a forward-exiting exhaust similar to that of the new Renault.

F1 TEAM TESTING -T02 – JEREZ (THURSDAY)

1.
Felipe Massa
Ferrari F150
1m 20.709s
101 Laps

2.
Sergio Perez
Sauber C30
1m 21.483s
94 Laps

3.
Mark Webber
Red Bull RB7
1m 21.522s
94 Laps

4.
Daniel Ricciardo
Toro Rosso STR6
1m 21.755s
31 Laps

5.
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren MP4-26
1m 21.914s
58 Laps

6.
Jaime Alguersuari
Toro Rosso STR6
1m 22.689s
42 Laps

7.
Adrian Sutil
Force India VJM-04
1m 23.472s
28 Laps

8.
Vitaly Petrov
Lotus Renault GP R31
1m 23.504s
57 Laps

9.
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes GP W02
1m 23.963s
67 Laps

10.
Jarno Trulli
Lotus T128
1m 24.458s
54 Laps

11.
Timo Glock
Virgin MVR-02
1m 25.086s
42 Laps

12.
Pastor Maldonado
Williams FW33
1m 34.968s
13 Laps

all times unofficial

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