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Massa off as Ferrari conclude Vallelunga test 26 Jan 2007

Felipe Massa in the F2007 during Ferrari testing at Vallelunga, Italy. 26 January,  2007. © Ferrari S.p.A.

Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen were in action for a fourth day of testing on Friday, as Ferrari wrapped up an eventful session at Vallelunga. The poor weather, which has limited the team’s progress this week, was still very much in evidence - as Massa quickly discovered.

The Brazilian had completed just a few laps in the F2007 when he went off the damp track and hit a barrier. The resulting damage put paid to his morning session and only some quick repair work by the Ferrari mechanics saw him back out on track in the afternoon. Soon after, however, an unrelated technical problem ended his session. He managed just nine laps in total, with his quickest, a 1m 22.279s, almost 10 seconds off his best time from Thursday.

In comparison, Raikkonen enjoyed a much more productive day in the older 248 F1, as he continued to familiarise himself with his new team. The Finn completed 52 laps and, once the weather had improved in the afternoon, clocked a best time of 1m 19.758s.

Ferrari will move from Italy to Spain next week, when they resume testing at the Valencia circuit on January 30, with Raikkonen and test driver Luca Badoer in charge of driving duties.

They will be hoping for better weather there, although McLaren opted to cancel their planned session at the track on Friday due to heavy rain. Like Ferrari, they will return to the venue next week.