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Massa to test on Friday, positive first day for Rossi 21 Jan 2010

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday, 29  October 2009 Valentino Rossi in the Ferrari F2008, Circuit de Catalunya, Spain, 20 January 2010 Valentino Rossi in the Ferrari F2008, Circuit de Catalunya, Spain, 20 January 2010.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has made arrangements to test a 2008-spec Formula One car at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Friday. Massa, who will return to F1 racing this season following his accident during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, will use the F2008 which MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is currently putting through its paces at the Spanish track.

It will be the third time Massa has been back behind the wheel of a Formula One car since he recovered from the life-threatening head injuries he sustained at the Hungaroring last July. He tested an F2007 on two occasions late last year in Italy.

"As the car and the track were available I thought it would be helpful to go onto the track for a day to continue gaining confidence in a Formula One car," Massa explained on Ferrari’s official website. "After the days in Fiorano and Mugello this will be a nice opportunity to get back driving on such an interesting and challenging track."

Rossi, who is sampling F1 power for the sixth time as a reward for winning his seventh world title, will finish his two-day test on Thursday. Despite some wet weather in the morning, his opening day in the car on Wednesday went well, with the Italian covering 68 laps and clocking a best time of 1m 25.200s.

“I'm happy,” said the 30 year-old after climbing out of the cockpit. “It was a good test, although it was wet in the morning and without grip I had some problems. Fortunately the track dried off in the afternoon, and I could use the slicks and improve my lap times.”