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Ferrari Jerez test, day 1 report

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Massa fastest on first day of Jerez testing

<pre> Circuit: Jerez Circuit -- 4.428 km
Driver: Felipe Massa
Car: Ferrari F150th Italia
Weather: air temperature 6/22C, track temperature 6/28C. Sunny. </pre>

First day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro and ten other Formula 1 teams, working from today until Sunday at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, in southern Spain.

Felipe Massa was at the wheel of the F150th Italia. The Brazilian driver's programme focussed on finding the best set-up for the car, on increasing understanding of the Pirelli tyres' behaviour, aerodynamic testing and starts. Despite endless red flags which were especially prevalent this afternoon, Felipe was able to complete the planned programme, with any technical problems affecting the car. He completed a total of 101 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.20.709, the fastest overall on the day.

Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, again with Felipe Massa on track.

Massa pleased with first day of testing

Felipe Massa was pleased with what had been achieved as he stepped from the cockpit of his Ferrari F150th Italia at the end of a busy day's testing at the Andalusian circuit of Jerez de la Frontera. The Brazilian was able to do a lot of running, without the car experiencing any technical failures. Slowing the progress of the programme however were interruptions caused by cars stopping out on track, especially in the afternoon. The time Felipe set in the morning of 1.20.709 proved to be unbeatable, even in the second part of the day, when the track was clearly slower. It meant he ended the day not just with the prize for the most laps -- 101 completed, but also the best performance on the clock.

"I am pleased with today," said Felipe, speaking to www.ferrari.com. "I was able to run continuously, without losing any valuable time. All those kilometres helped me get to know the car better and especially the tyres, an area where we were able to try different things to those we did in Valencia. The fastest time? It doesn't mean anything, because we don't know what trim the other drivers were running."

Today, Felipe's car, along with all the others, carried a message of support for Robert Kubica. "I am glad Robert is getting better: it was nice that we all had a note for him on our cars and again I wish all the very best."

-source: ferrari

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