Ferrari’s Felipe Massa keeps the bar raised today in testing as he yet again set the fast lap for testing. The Brazilian set the time in his first hour of testing but spent the remainder of the day focusing on long runs.
Massa explained to the technicians that he was extremely satisfied with the carâ€™s set up and the tiresâ€™ grip, although it has to be taken into account that the trackâ€™s grip is higher than yesterday. Massa drove several laps wearing a black carbon helmet: it is a test for a new type of helmet planned by Schubert for the Scuderia.
1. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:11.722 124
2. Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari (B) 1:12.056 96
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:12.256 108
4. Kubica Renault (B) 1:12.426 119
5. Rosberg Mercedes GP (B) 1:12.899 119
6. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:13.377 102
7. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:13.823 107
BMW Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi set the second fastest time of the day while focusing on pounding reliability miles out of the C29 chassis. Kobayashi said:
â€œIt was definitely a good day. We had no problems with the car and covered a lot of mileage. The car felt good. I enjoyed driving a lot and also working with the team. It was a difficult winter for everyone but they seem to have done a good job; I want to thank them for that. Now it is important to keep working hard for the remaining test opportunities.â€
Mercedes GP Petronas driver Nico Rosberg took the wheel today setting the 5th fastest time. Focusing on a race-distance run, Rosberg seemed pleased with the performance:
â€œIâ€™m very pleased with our first full day of testing and we were really able to get into the programme and achieve some good work today. We successfully completed a race distance on the carâ€™s second day of running and Iâ€™m quite happy with how the car felt on the longer runs with heavy fuel. It felt like the same car, just a little bit slower, but the balance was good. Weâ€™ve still got some work to do on my position in the car as I dropped down by 1.5cm during the day which explains why the visibility got a little difficult towards the end but thatâ€™s something we can fix before the next test. Overall itâ€™s been a positive start to our pre-season testing and Iâ€™m enjoying working with the team and feeling very comfortable here.â€