Massa Test

Felipe Massa maintained his and Ferrari’s positive start to the 2010 season by topping the timesheets on Day 2 of the first pre-season test session at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit.

The Brazilian, sporting a different helmet design, completed 124 laps – the most of any driver – and lowered his Monday benchmark by 0.8s with a time of 1:11.722.

His time was set on his fifteenth lap, and he remained on top for the remainder of the day’s proceedings.

Tomorrow he will hand the so-far impressive F10 to his new team-mate, Fernando Alonso, who will get his first opportunity to sample the car he hoped will take him to a third Driver’s Championship.

After racking up over 900km of trouble-free running in two days, Massa was understandably pleased.

"I’m really happy, because it has been quite a while I’ve driven so many kilometres at once,” he said. “For me it’s very positive, I feel fine from a physical point of view, but especially the car has a very good start.

"We’re satisfied by the work done up to now: we’ve been working on the set up and in the afternoon we started to compare the tyres under different conditions. With lots of petrol on board the car behaves differently, but we didn’t experience any surprises."

Mirroring yesterday’s result, Sauber took the second quickest spot again, this time it was Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel and he lapped within 0.3s of Massa. Desperate to add to its limited sponsor roster, these times will do no end of good in their bid to secure more backing.

The 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton took third on the list and was half a second off the quickest pace in his McLaren. He will hand over the reigns to his team-mate, Jenson Button.

Despite running slowest in yesterday’s session – which he attributed to system checks – Robert Kubica took his Renault to 4th place and just 0.2s behind Hamilton, despite driving on predominantly long runs.

He did, however, cause the only red flag when his shoelaces came undone Renault stopped on the main straight with just 5 minutes of the day’s running to go.

Nico Rosberg didn’t have to share his Mercedes GP with Michael Schumacher on the second day, took fifth, but was still troubled by the seating problem that affected his visibility from the cockpit.

Rubens Barrichello (Williams) and Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) finished at the bottom of the timesheets, but the Swiss driver completed a promising 107 laps, much more than the 18 he managed the day before when his gearbox caused him trouble.

Kamui Kobayashi The FW32’s distinctive nose Sébastien Buemi
Kubica sported a new helmet Hamilton was 0.5s off the pace Barrichello clocked more mileage

Tuesday’s testing times: 

1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:11.722 (124 laps)
2. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 1:12.056 (96)
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1:12.256 (108)
4. Robert Kubica Renault 1:12.426 (119)
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:12.899 (119)
6. Rubens Barrichello Williams Cosworth 1:13.377 (102)
7. Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari 1:13.823 (107)

[Images via ITV-F1]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.