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Day 1 - Monza, Mugello and Fiorano 28 Apr 2004

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Jerez testing, 8 January 2004

Ferrari were testing at two Italian venues on Tuesday. On loan from Sauber, Felipe Massa was on duty in the F2004 at Mugello, carrying out a tyre programme for the coming Grands Prix.

The Brazilian completed a total of 72 laps, 16 of them on the short version of the track, to top the times ahead of the two Toyotas of Cristiano da Matta and Ricardo Zonta.

And at Monza, Luca Badoer was also in the cockpit for the world champions. His technical programme centred on Bridgestone tyre development and engine testing. At the request of the team, the track was modified with the addition of two chicanes. The Italian drove a total of 490 km and continues work at the circuit on Wednesday.

While Sauber lent Ferrari their driver, Ferrari lent Sauber their circuit. With track temperatures of up to 38 degrees Celsius, Giancarlo Fisichella completed 165 laps of Fiorano, with a best time of 57.613s, as the Swiss squad commenced a three-day test.

"Our overall target this week is the preparation for the Monaco race in May,” said race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara. “Today in the morning we worked on finding a good car balance and assessed several aerodynamic parts resulting from our wind tunnel investigations. Some of the new components we could test already in Imola last weekend, but there are several new parts which we will examine this week in Fiorano.

“Later we worked on Bridgestone tyre constructions and also evaluated brakes with the focus on the long-term. Overall this was quite a good day for us. We did a lot of work and were able to complete our programme for today."

Testing continues at all three venues on Wednesday, with Michael Schumacher replacing Massa at Mugello.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Mugello:
1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:19.529
2. Cristiano da Matta, Toyota, (Michelin), 1:21.591
3. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota, (Michelin), 1:21.667