Aerodynamic testing at Montmelo
High mileage for Massa yet again
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya – 4.655 km
Driver: Felipe Massa
Car: Ferrari 150° Italia
Weather: air temperature 8/16°C, track temperature 9/23 °C. From cloudy to slightly cloudy.
Today, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro started its final test session in preparation for the Formula 1 World Championship, which gets underway on Sunday 27 March in Melbourne, Australia.
Felipe Massa was at the wheel of the 150° Italia today. The team tackled a very full programme today, centred on evaluating updates which have been fitted to the car. Felipe covered a total of 101 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.23.324.
The Scuderia continues testing at this circuit tomorrow, again with Felipe Massa on track.
Massa: “A lot that is new on the car: first impressions are good”
Montmelo, 9 March – It was a busy day’s work for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro for its first day of this final test session at the Catalunya Circuit; not so much in terms of the distance covered, which was more or less the average for the team during these tests, but more because there were so many items on the menu. The 150° Italia was actually kitted out with all the updates planned for the first race, in terms of its aero configuration and also sporting a new exhaust configuration, which has them running along the sides of the rear part of the floor. “First impressions are positive,” commented Felipe after the session. “You can feel the effect of the new elements on the handling of the car, especially that of the exhausts. Today, we worked mainly on a back-to-back comparison of the various configurations, especially in the area of the front wing. Once again today we did a lot of kilometres, which is always a good thing.”
Tomorrow will be the Brazilian’s final day of testing prior to the Australian Grand Prix. “It’s true, I’ve got just seven more hours of track time, so we will try and make the most of them. Definitely, we will have a look at running over a long distance to get even more information relating to the behaviour of the tyres, which will certainly be one of the key factors this season.”