Valentino Rossi completed his two-day test for Ferrari at the Circuit de Catalunya today – and was joined by Felipe Massa in the afternoon.
Massa arrived at the circuit ahead of his test in the F2008 tomorrow. See below for pictures and footage of Rossi in action.
The start of the second day was disrupted by fog, but it quickly lifted allowing Rossi to get on with his test programme.
He was able to run on slicks in the afternoon once the track had dried out. Ferrari have not released details of his lap times yet, but they did draw attention to how the test attracted interest from America:
Last night, the online edition of The New York Times, the most important newspaper in the USA, published an article on its homepage about Valentino Rossi?óÔé¼Ôäós day, with his declarations, stated on our website. This is a real exception for a newspaper and a country quite reluctant to give space to motorsport from the Old Continent: the coupling Rossi-Red prevails above scepticism ?óÔé¼?ôMade in USA?óÔé¼?Ø. And who knows what they might write one day soon after Vale?óÔé¼Ôäós great lap times at the end of the test session!
Pictures from today’s test and video from both days of the test are below. I particularly the picture where he looks like he’s being shown how to use a steering wheel instead of handlebars…
Update: Ferrari have released details of Rossi’s lap time. See here: Rossi beats 2009 fastest lap at Barcelona
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