Massa fastest on first day of Pirelli tyre test

2011 F1 testing

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Felipe Massa was the fastest driver in testing at Abu Dhabi as the F1 teams tried out Pirelli’s tyres for the first time.

He lapped within two seconds of the fastest time in the young drivers’ test set by Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel was back at the wheel just five days after winning the world championship at the Yas Marina track. He was second-fastest for Red Bull.

With Gary Paffett third quickest for McLaren the early signs are a change of tyre supplier has done little to alter the balance of power between the teams.

Force India suffered a setback when Adrian Sutil stopped with an exahaust problem during the session. Test driver Paul di Resta took over after the car was repaired.

Robert Kubica also had a technical problem in his Renault, limiting him to just 39 laps.

Driver Car Time
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.170s
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’40.500s
3 Gary Paffett McLaren 1’40.874s
4 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1’40.950s
5 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.032s
6 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1’41.425s
7 Paul di Resta Force India 1’41.615s
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.778s
9 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1’42.019s
10 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’42.859s
11 Timo Glock Virgin 1’44.124s
12 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1’44.686s
13 Pastor Maldonado HRT 1’45.728s

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40 comments on Massa fastest on first day of Pirelli tyre test

  1. Dipak T said on 19th November 2010, 14:24

    Hes still wearing his florescent yellow helmet in the picture above. I hope he doesnt, his is one of the better ones on the grid, alongside Webbers, and Buttons old design.

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