Massa puts Ferrari on top in third day of F1 testing

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

Pos Driver Team Best time Laps
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m 17.879s 85
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1m 18.766s 148
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m 19.052s 102
4 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m 19.200s 40
5 Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rossa 1m 19.247s 85
6 James Rossiter Force India 1m 19.303s 42
7 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1m 19.603s 83
8 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m 19.934s 110
9 Max Chilton Marussia 1m 21.269s 78
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m 21.575s 86
11 Charles Pic Caterham 1m 22.352s 57
12 Paul di Resta Force India 1m 23.729s 7


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