Felipe Massa ensured Ferrari would finish their three-day Mugello test on top with the Brazilian beating sole-rival Scott Speed for the fastest time before the teams head to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Continuing the work done by Luca Badoer the previous day, Massa concentrated on mechanical and aerodynamic component development in a bid to give them the edge over the next few rounds in their bitter battle with McLaren.

In all, Massa completed 68 laps of the Tuscany circuit and produced a best time of 1min 20.194, a full 2.4secs quicker than Toro Rosso driver Speed. Badoer will next take the F2007 to the track at Fiorano next week before the Hungarian GP.

Going a long way to dampening down some of the rumours emerging this week that he would not be seen in the STR again this year, Speed was in the car again, the American defying a hurt back to produce 74 laps.

"The programme was pretty much the same as for the past two days," commented Chief Engineer Laurent Mekies." "We worked on validating some new aero components for the Hungarian Grand Prix, by doing some runs in maximum downforce configuration, as well as assessing various brake materials. High speed Mugello might not be the ideal venue to simulate slow speed Hungaroring, but at least the temperatures were similar to those we might experience next weekend."

Testing times (26 July) - Mugello:

Felipe Massa Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 20.194secs 68 lapsScott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 23.590secs 74 laps

all times unofficial

Track/weather conditions: Sunny and dry.

 

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