Massa nearly 2.5s quicker than Rossi in Spain

Felipe Massa has put a dampener on reports that Valentino Rossi would be ready to make an immediate switch to Formula One. The reigning and multiple MotoGP champion tested for two days in a 2008 Ferrari last week in Barcelona, setting a best...

Felipe Massa has put a dampener on reports that Valentino Rossi would be ready to make an immediate switch to Formula One.

The reigning and multiple MotoGP champion tested for two days in a 2008 Ferrari last week in Barcelona, setting a best time quicker even than the fastest lap of the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix.

But team regular and 2008 title contender Massa, 28, put the performance into context a day later when he took a turn at the wheel of the car fitted with GP2 slicks.

It is rumoured the Brazilian's best lap was a 1.19.5, which is nearly 2.5 seconds quicker than Rossi's 1.21.9.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari