Ferrari not decided who will test ‘F2010′ first

Ferrari has confirmed it will join the other F1 teams for the test session at Valencia on February 1st.

However, contrary to some reports, the team says it has not yet decided whether Fernando Alonso or Felipe Massa will be first to drive the new car.

According to Ferrari’s Luca Colajanni:

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro will attend the first test in Valencia but the schedule has not yet been arranged in details.
Luca Colajanni

Massa had a late run in the F2007 in December as he completed his recovery from injury.

Ferrari are also yet to announce what their new car will be called. For the past nine years they’ve generally stuck to a clear pattern: F2001, F2002, F2003 and so on. The exception was in 2006 when they raced the 248-F1, named after the new engine configuration introduced to Formula 1 that year.

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22 comments on Ferrari not decided who will test ‘F2010′ first

  1. Terry Fabulous said on 4th January 2010, 10:33

    I think it should be Fred.
    He has less experience in Ferrari’s then Phil and it would be more of a media event if it was him in the new Ferrari.

  2. Aqeel said on 4th January 2010, 10:49

    must Massa to do the test first as he know the car more than Alonso, when they change to better setup hand it to Alonso

    • Icthyes said on 4th January 2010, 12:34

      I think this makes the most sense. No point giving the car to Fernando if it’s not handling right – it would be easier for Massa to iron out the kinks.

  3. vettelfan said on 4th January 2010, 11:39

    I reckon it will be Massa. Whichever driver it is, there is going to be a lot of media attention – people want to see Massa after his accident and people want to see Alonso driving the Ferrari.

  4. Macca said on 4th January 2010, 11:58

    Where is the test being held? That might sway the minds of the team.

  5. SaloolaS said on 4th January 2010, 12:13

    February 1, 2 and 3 – Valencia
    February 10, 11, 12 and 13 – Jerez
    February 17, 18, 19 and 20 – Jerez
    February 25, 26, 27 and 28 – Barcelona

    I think Massa should get to test first, as he has been injured and hasn’t driven the last 7 or 8 races.

  6. sato113 said on 4th January 2010, 12:36

    they’ve generally stuck to a clear pattern: F2001, F2002, F2003 and so on. The exception was in 2006 when they raced the 248-F1

    and last year of course when it was called the F60!

  7. Invoke said on 4th January 2010, 12:43

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about really, they will split the time evenly after all.

  8. wasiF1 said on 4th January 2010, 14:27

    I guess may be this time Alonso may get his chance.

  9. I would like to see both drivers, even knowing it´s not possible. In Spain Alonso will have an upper hand, but i suspect that Massa will have the first go!

  10. Chapmondo said on 4th January 2010, 15:56

    Give Luca Badoer a run around in it haha

  11. Hallard said on 4th January 2010, 19:23

    I’ll drive the thing then. Problem solved:)

  12. Racehound said on 4th January 2010, 22:59

    Latest report in the Europa Press claims Fernando will test all 3 days at Valencia from February 1st. Massa has been out of serious action for almost half last season so it makes sense to accustom Alonso to his new team first!! He will thrash Massa hands down in the same car, and Ferrari would do well to leave Massa in no doubt before the season gets underway that they are looking to Alonso to lead the team, the very mistake McIdiots made which cost them 2 world championships in 2007!!!! #:)

  13. My money is on Alonso to go first!

  14. uhh? i thought santander is their title sponsor?

    • Mouse_Nightshirt said on 5th January 2010, 8:05

      As far as I’m aware, Santander “bought” space off Marlboro. Marlboro are still title sponsors.

      • R.E.M. said on 5th January 2010, 19:57

        I think Santander will have their logo on the nose, since it’s been empty since the end of 2007. Barcodes will remain on the wing and sides until Marlboro deal runs out in 2011. (When Tobacco Sponsorship becomes illegal, I think.)

  15. Gagan said on 5th January 2010, 17:24

    yes… and santander never paid that much to be a title sponsor and moreover they are sponsoring MClaren too..

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