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Massa ends Barcelona test on top

Felipe Massa was the man to beat at Barcelona on Monday, concluding the four-day test with the best time overall in his Ferrari F150th Italia.
Felipe Massa was delighted to conclude testing at Barcelona yesterday with the fastest time of the four-day test.

The Brazilian, who took over from team-mate Fernando Alonso on Sunday, was the only main to break the 1m 23s barrier, his best lap a 1 minute 22.625 seconds, which put him over half a second up on Mark Webber - and a similar amount up Nico Rosberg on the combined times [see separate story – click here].

“The outcome of testing up to the end of today has been positive,” Massa told Ferrari's official website. “We really did a lot of kilometres and I think our team actually completed more than anyone else.

“Both myself and Fernando did a real and genuine race simulation and we tried all the types of Pirelli tyre with different fuel levels.

“Where are we compared to the others? I don't know and until we are all doing the same things at the same time, in other words at the first race, then we won't know for certain. The Red Bull is definitely very quick and that's a fact.

“Today though, we did a good lap time and I think we are not off the pace: however, yesterday Rosberg was quick for example and you definitely cannot rule out McLaren and some other teams.”

Asked about the decision to cancel the F1 2011 opener in Bahrain, Massa, like everyone else, said it was the correct thing to do.

“I think this is the right decision because the situation there is very serious. If there is just the slightest risk, it is better not to go, but the most important thing is that the situation in Bahrain calms down to what it was before and that everything is peaceful again,” he added.

“You can have a Grand Prix for the fans to bring them a bit of light relief, but I don't think this is the right moment for the people of Bahrain to host a F1 race.

“It's a shame we cannot start the championship there, because I have always felt really good in this country: the people are very welcoming and pleasant and apart from that, I have always gone very well at the Sakhir circuit. Let's hope we can go back there soon.”

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Mike AS - Unregistered

February 22, 2011 2:22 PM

This Ferrari's performance and reliability must make them the front runners at this stage, unless McLaren are sandbagging ... They seem to have done more laps, more reliably and now quicker than anyone else ... I think there may be a collective sigh of relief from the other front runners that they have now got an extra two weeks at home before the Aussie GP to further sort out reliability, and bring on new development/performance tweaks that wouldn't have been there for the long Bahrain, Aussie, Malaysia, China flyaway ...

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