Massa is back on the Jerez track
Circuit: Jerez circuit - 4.423 km
Driver: Felipe Massa
Car: Ferrari F60
Weather: air temperature 12/21 C, track temperature 12/23 C. Overcast with a damp track in the morning, then cloudy with dry tarmac.
Third day of testing for eight Formula 1 teams at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, in southern Spain.
After yesterday's time-out, when rain prevented the planned use of Bridgestone's 2010 tyres, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro was back on track this morning, again with Felipe Massa at the wheel of the F60.
The Brazilian driver worked on set-up and reliability of the car over long distance, both in the wet and in the dry. Felipe completed a total of 135 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.20.238.
Testing at this track continues tomorrow, when Kimi Raikkonen will be on track.
An appreciated guest at the Ferrari box
The third out of five test days at the Jerez circuit started without rain, but still with a wet track. The sky opened up and the sun came out. After around 90 minutes the session had been started the cars could be fitted with the tyres for a dry track.
Felipe Massa was back on the track after the compulsory stop yesterday and immediately started with long runs, first with the heavy wet tyres, then with the standard wet tyres and in the end with those for a dry track. The Brazilian driver had two minor difficulties today: in corner 1 he went off the track, when the tarmac was still extremely wet. Later on there was a problem with the electronics and the technicians had to work on the car for a quite a while. Once the problem had been resolved Felipe went back on the track and drove his laps without further interruptions, simulating a race with pit stops.
Just after 1pm an appreciated guest turned up at the box of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro: Michael Schumacher. The seven-time world champion is here to follow the Team's preparations for the upcoming championship and will stay in Jerez until tomorrow.