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Future versus present at Ferrari 24 Aug 2005

(L to R): Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari and Felipe Massa (BRA) Sauber at the drivers' parade.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Race Day, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 March 2004

Rubens Barrichello began one of his last Ferrari test sessions on Tuesday, working alongside the man who will replace him at the team in 2006, Felipe Massa.

Both men were at Monza, where Ferrari had sole use of the circuit, at the start of a week of intensive testing ahead of the Italian Grand Prix on September 4.

Barrichello, who will join BAR for next season, was working on a programme centred on set-up and tyres for that race, while Massa, a former Ferrari test driver, spent his time familiarising himself with the F2005 and fine tuning the car.

The quicker of the two, not surprisingly, was Barrichello, who completed 94 laps with a best of 1m 22.506s. His fellow Brazilian, on loan from current team Sauber for two days, clocked a best time of 1m 23.461s after 61 laps.

Ferrari will continue work at Monza on Wednesday, when they will be joined by all the other teams, bar Minardi. Massa will again be at the wheel for the world champions, with official tester Luca Badoer taking over from Barrichello.