Scuderia Ferrari placed in top-10 in Friday's practice session

A promising Friday

Suzuka, 11 October – A busy day of testing in Suzuka with the afternoon session also run in the dry, contrary to what had been expected yesterday. Felipe Massa was eighth fastest in 1.34.698, while Fernando Alonso finished tenth in 1.35.087, his time set on the Hard tyre. Plenty of race simulation data was gathered from both F138s from runs on different fuel loads, using both types of tyre available this weekend.

Felipe Massa, Ferrari F138
Felipe Massa, Ferrari F138

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The first 30 minutes saw several off-track excursions. Alonso and Massa both began on the Hard compound, setting the sixth and seventh fastest times. The Spaniard’s first four laps were affected by yellow flags and he posted a 1.35.087, while Felipe did a 1.35.117.

With an hour to go, the two F138s went out on Medium tyres and a low fuel load to do the first qualifying simulation. Alonso didn’t manage to set a quick time as he went off at the Degner 1 corner, while Massa was eighth.

After that, the work switched to race simulation, with Massa doing many laps on the Medium tyre and Fernando running mainly the Hards, doing a long run with a heavy fuel load. Overall, Massa and Alonso did 35 and 32 laps respectively. Sebastian Vettel was fastest for Red Bull in a time of 1.33.852.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari
Article type Practice report
Tags felipe massa, fernando alonso, japan, scuderia ferrari, suzuka