Massa racks up laps in Spain (Pictures)

Felipe Massa covered a lot of ground at Barcelona

Felipe Massa covered a lot of ground at Barcelona

Felipe Massa covered 400km – around 20 laps more than a Grand Prix distance – at the Circuit de Catalunya today.

He was back behind the wheel of the F2008, the car in which he almost won the 2008 championship.

The team have not yet released details of his lap times for comparison with , but here’s a few pictures of Massa in action:

Image (C) Ferrari spa

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50 comments on Massa racks up laps in Spain (Pictures)

  1. It must be tempting for him not to use the silly chicane on a day such as this and just take the more traditional faster corners. ;)

  2. spawinte said on 22nd January 2010, 18:25

    He probably destroyed Rossi’s lap time. I hope so anyway :) Can’t have a dirty biker getting one over on an F1 man.

    • James said on 22nd January 2010, 18:41

      It would hardly be a surpise. Conditions look dry here whereas Rossi’s look damp/wet.

      Massa will be more familiar with the car as well

      • David said on 22nd January 2010, 19:17

        If we want to be suspicious we could also consider the hypothesis that ROssi was much faster than Massa. Embarassing also, insn’t it? Probably even more embarassing than the opposite.
        Anyway, if he always drove New Holland bend with no chicane you cannot make any comparison…

  3. George said on 22nd January 2010, 18:41

    It’s weird seeing Santander on Ferrari overalls

  4. No lap times? Mmmmmmmm….

  5. Random Chimp said on 22nd January 2010, 19:03

    Is it me or is the ride height ridiculously high in the title image?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 23rd January 2010, 0:24

      Certainly looks that way. I wonder if that was at the end of a long stint or something?

      • Woffin said on 23rd January 2010, 0:53

        By the looks of it, I would say the rear right corner of the car is raised because Massa is braking and turning right at the same time. The weight looks like its shifted to the front left (because the ride height at the front looks lower than normal) and unloaded the rear right, probably warming his brakes up for the lap ahead. Although I do admit, it does look pretty extreme even if it is just weight transfer.

      • Joe Jones said on 23rd January 2010, 12:30

        surely the coils and suspension in an f1 car are progressive though

  6. So far everyone has been going well. He can survived, has been given the all clear to drive, has won kart races, that Panda race and done a fair bit of testing. It’s all excellent news and every time I feel another bit of relief but we aren’t going to know if he is the same F1 driver until Felipe is at Bahrain.
    It’s all really good and if any one of those steps had gone badly then it would be career over but it’s still not certain. There’s still that slight chance that he will have lost a tenth or two. If he is back on the pace I think he’ll need a win before everyone and possibly himself are convinced. It will also more than likely take a few races until he is comfortable again in the F1 racing environment.
    I’m sure he can do it but it’s just a waiting game and it must be incredibly frustrating at times for the Brazilian. He’s shown true fighting spirit and dedication coming this far and clearly has utter passion for the sport. He just has to wait a little longer until it is clear and hopefully he will be right back at the front.

  7. Hmmm, I wonder why the red-car-brigade did not find one excuse or the other for Teflonso to test the 08 car? I would like to see him in a Ferrari prior to season start….. Oh! I am not his fan….. just to make it clear ;-). Just want Felipe to show him the way. :-)

  8. MattB said on 22nd January 2010, 19:20

    Hmmmmmm…. had forgotten how ugly that car was!

    • Fabio said on 22nd January 2010, 19:52

      Matt you are rigth, that car was very ugly, loved the new F1, they have some sort of vintage look, more romantic lines…

    • matt90 said on 23rd January 2010, 14:22

      The one good thing about the new tall wings is that it makes the shark fins look far less ridiculous and tall themselves.

  9. ErBearJ24 said on 22nd January 2010, 20:15

    I can’t wait to get to Bahrain to see which Felipe Massa will show up. I would like to see his lap times today, as compared to Valentino Rossi’s. One would expect that Massa would have the faster times of the two. I must say that I am very nervous ahead of his return, as I feel his return to the track seemed a bit rushed when he would possibly drive in the last 1 or 2 races of the season. For Massa’s sake, I hope that he is the same fierce driver, before the accident. He and Alonso will take the fight to each other on day one, and it’s going to be rather exciting!

  10. Keith – Did you notice that Ferrari tested the new tyres to 2010? At least it is what they said in their site:

    Felipe concluded the training with the single-seater – fitted with demo tyres due to the current rules </strong – after over 400 kilometres.

    At least this explain why they didnĀ“t published Felipe laps times.

  11. Hairs said on 22nd January 2010, 22:23

    Amazing that people have been complaining the 2009 cars are ugly. Look at that thing – it looks like it’s been in an accident! The back half of it is missing and the rest is in bits. Forgot how weird it was.

    • graigchq said on 23rd January 2010, 0:47

      hear hear..i honestly think the 2009 cars looik a lot better for being simpler, lower, wider. All that extra bodywork that’s spliced and tacked on for extra downforce, just detracts from the clean lines that these cars should (and now do) have

      • I think the main problem with the 2009 cars was that the wings looked out of proportion. But I agree that by 2008 the cars had too many ugly aero pieces.

  12. it is good for Massa, getting some track time before his return. closer we get to the season start, the slower the time seem to pass!!!! can’t wait to see the new cars…

  13. Massa apparently did a 1:20.683 and 1.20.591 laps in a row.

    Sorry, just kidding :) Have a good day everone and hope for a fantastic 2012 season.

  14. i heart lewis said on 23rd January 2010, 7:52

    i forgot how ugly the shark fin was on the 2008 cars. At least it doesn’t look so terrible on the cars they have now

  15. i suspect that lap times havent been given out as if ferrari are smart they would been getting massa to do heavy fuel long runs as prep for the new season. not drop of fuel sprints like rossi was doing earlier in the week.

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