Massa puts Ferrari on top in third day of F1 testing

  • Friday 8th February, 2013 9:03am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa has put Ferrari on top for the first time in 2013, topping Day 3 of pre-season testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

The Brazilian driver set his fastest time in the morning and was not headed by any of his 11 team rivals.

Only Nico Rosberg, driving the repaired Mercedes W04, could get within a second of Massa’s time.

It was relief for Mercedes, who has endured difficult runs on the first two days of testing (electrical issues and brake failure). Rosberg logged 148 laps on Day 3, easily the most of any outfit.

World champion Sebastian Vettel got his first drive of the team’s 2013 car, setting the third fastest time after showing improvement in the afternoon session.

Like Vettel, Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was also getting his first taste of his new car, finishing fourth ahead of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Force India’s test driver James Rossiter.

Day 3, pre-season F1 testing, Jerez

PosDriverTeamBest timeLaps
1Felipe MassaFerrari1m 17.879s85
2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1m 18.766s148
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1m 19.052s102
4Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1m 19.200s40
5Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rossa1m 19.247s85
6James RossiterForce India1m 19.303s42
7Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1m 19.603s83
8Esteban GutierrezSauber1m 19.934s110
9Max ChiltonMarussia1m 21.269s78
10Valtteri BottasWilliams1m 21.575s86
11Charles PicCaterham1m 22.352s57
12Paul di RestaForce India1m 23.729s7


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