Ferrari focuses on tyre evaluation and set up of second chassis

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F1 Test, Jerez, Circuit Permanente de Jerezes

The seven teams, which took part in the tests in Valencia turned into ten last week, while today there are eleven, including also Lotus. Now there are only two teams missing: Campos Meta and USF1. Felipe Massa is the driver on the track today for the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.

The bad weather might stay the main protagonist here during the tests in Jerez and also today’s forecast is not really encouraging. Therefore Felipe’s programme for today has to be adjusted to the track conditions. For this third test session the team set up the F10’s second chassis with the number 282. The car doesn’t sport any major updates compared to last week: just some minor aerodynamic and mechanical updates for these days, while the main novelties will be used next week during the tests in Barcelona. Today’s work mainly involves evaluation of the use of the tyres regarding the track conditions.

The team worked hard on the car, carrying out some modifications and enabling the technicians to check the data of different set ups, which sometimes took longer than expected. This is why in the end Felipe drove 72 laps, less than we got used to last week.

The Brazilian drove his fastest lap in a time of 1.23.204, the third fastest time on the time sheet behind Vettel and Hamilton.

"This wasn’t the best day of testing,” Felipe said. "The track conditions changed all the time and then we might have lost the best moment in the early afternoon. We had to adapt to the situation, trying to make the best of it. We hope that the situation will improve tomorrow. Although the forecast is not really encouraging.”

Source: Ferrari