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Ferrari Jerez test, day 3 report

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Alonso workaholic at Jerez: 580 kilometres with no problems

<pre> Circuit: Jerez Circuit-- 4.428 km
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Car: Ferrari F150th Italia
Weather: air temperature 7/21C, track temperature 9/26C. Sunny. </pre>

Third day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro and ten other Formula 1 teams, working again today and up to the end of Sunday at the Jerez de la Frontera track, in southern Spain.

Today, Fernando Alonso was at the wheel of the F150th Italia. The Spanish driver worked through a similar programme to the one that team-mate Felipe Massa completed yesterday. Fernando ran with an image of his friend Robert Kubica's helmet on his own one and in the morning, he worked on a comparison between the four types of tyre that Pirelli had brought for this test. Then, in the afternoon he concentrated on a long run. He completed a total of 131 laps, with a best lap time on the clock of 1.20.493.

Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, again with Fernando Alonso on track.

Alonso, "Important to have done a lot of kilometres"

Jerez de la Frontera, 12 February -- It is definitely still too early to start evaluating its performance level, but the F150th Italia is proving to be a tough car. 217 laps were completed by Felipe Massa on the first two days of this second test session in the run up to the start of the Formula 1 World Championship and now Fernando Alonso has added a further 131, taking the total number of kilometres past the 1500 mark. The Spaniard said he was pleased with the work done today, centred on evaluating the Pirelli tyres and a long distance run. "It is very important to be able to do so many kilometres one after the other, without experiencing any problems," Fernando told www.ferrari.com. "It means we can pick up a lot of data which is useful especially when it comes to understanding the tyre behaviour, which is the biggest unknown at this test. I already said it in Valencia and I repeat it now: we must not think about what the others are doing, in terms of times. It is better to focus on our own efforts and then we can see where we are in Bahrain in a month's time."

Today, Fernando wore a helmet specially dedicated to Robert Kubica. "I am delighted that Robert's condition is evolving in a positive way, with every passing day," said the Spanish driver. "Now he will need a lot of patience, but the most important thing is he is getting better."

-source: ferrari

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