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Massa Quickest on First Test Day

by F1Fan on February 1, 2010

The first official test Day of the Formula One 2010 Season kicked off today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit just outside Valencia. The testing in Valencia will run for three days and is the first real opportunity for many of the teams to test the cars at race speed.

In the hands of Felipe Massa the new Ferrari F10 was quick right out of the transporter, setting fastest times in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Pedro De LA Rosa in the ferrari engined BMW Sauber F1 C29 was the surprise of the day setting the second fastest time only two tenths of a second slower than Massa, with Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg setting third and fourth fastest times in the Mercedes MGP W01.

Valencia Test Day 1

PositionTeamDriver# LapsBest Lap
1Scuderia FerrariFelipe Massa1021:12.574
2BMW Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa741:12.784
3Mercedes GPMichael Schumacher401:12.947
4Mercedes GPNico Rosberg391:13.543
5McLarenGary Paffett861:13.846
6WilliamsRubens Barrichello751:14.449
7Toro RossoSebastian Buemi181:14.762
8Renault F1Robert Kubica691:15.000
All times unofficial
Williams was the only Cosworth powered team attending, their new FW32 car was driven by Rubens Barrichello for the whole day completing 75 laps and ending up 6th fastest.

Missing from the test were Red Bull Racing, Force India, Campos Meta 1, US F1 Team and Virgin Racing. USF1 has already said that it will be missing the initial european test days and has been granted special dispensation by the FIA to perform initial testing in the US.

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