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Ferrari wrap up Vallelunga test 04 Nov 2005

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy, 13 September 2003

Ferrari had two drivers in action in Italy this week as the team continued their 2006 development programme with a three-day test at the Vallelunga circuit near Rome.

On Tuesday Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa took turns at the wheel of an F2004 and an F2005 for a series of comparative tests. In front of around a thousand spectators they put in 21 and 53 laps respectively. The best time on the day, a 1m 14.262s was set by the Brazilian, while Ferrari's official test driver's quickest time was a 1m 16.322s.

On Wednesday, Massa was in the F2004, Badoer the newer car, and a programme of Bridgestone tyre development. The pair added a further 130 laps: 70 for Badoer, his best of 1m14.901s, 60 for Massa, his quickest a 1m 15.311s.

And on Thursday, the pair wrapped up the session with another comparison of the two different cars and further Bridgestone tyre work. They ran a total of 140 laps, with Badoer the quickest on a 1m 14.169s to Massa’s 1m 14.785s.

"We are pleased with the data we have gathered," declared Massa after the test. "We were able to see something interesting that will be useful in Bridgestone's next stage of development. Further, I was able to run many kilometres with the new V8, confirming the positive impression I had last week. We, with the support of Shell, are making good progress in terms of reliability."

Ferrari's next test will be a four-day session in Bahrain commencing November 19, with Badoer and Marc Gene in the cockpit.