Massa signs off at Jerez with fastest time

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Jerez, 2013Ferrari became the third different team in as many days to lead the times in the Jerez test.

Felipe Massa set the quickest time of the test so far with a lap of 1’17.879 on his third and final day of running.

The next-fastest driver was Nico Rosberg who completed a mammoth 148 laps for Mercedes – more than five times the number the car managed over the previous two days.

Mercedes bounced back from a fire on Tuesday and a brake failure and crash for Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday to cover more than two Grand Prix distances on Thursday.

Sebastian Vettel made his first appearance at an F1 test in 2013 and ended it third-quickest in the Red Bull RB9.

Kimi Raikkonen also made his 2013 testing debut and was fourth, completing just 40 laps. Lotus ran new reflective material on their exhaust during the day.

As on the previous three days the running was interrupted by red flags on three occasions. Two were caused by drivers immediately after they left the pits: Jean-Eric Vergne barely made it out of the pit lane, and Charles Pic came to a stop on the run to turn two.

The final red flag came with five minutes to go when Jenson Button came to a stop. He inspected the left-rear of the McLaren, then had to steady it to keep it from rolling away.

James Rossiter started the day’s running for Force India but had an unfortunate incident when he knocked one of the team’s mechanics over. The team member operating, who the team are not naming, fell on to the nose of the car but was unhurt.

Paul di Resta took over the car in the afternoon but did only seven laps before stopping with an exhaust problem.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference Tyres
1 Felipe Massa Ferrari F138 1’17.879 85 Soft
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W04 1’18.766 148 0.887 Medium
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’19.052 102 1.173 Medium
4 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault E21 1’19.200 40 1.321 Hard
5 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’19.247 85 1.368 Hard
6 James Rossiter Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’19.303 42 1.424 Soft
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’19.603 83 1.724 Hard
8 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’19.934 110 2.055 Medium
9 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’21.269 78 3.390 Soft
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW34 1’21.575 86 3.696 Medium
11 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault CT03 1’22.352 57 4.473 Soft
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’23.729 7 5.850 Medium

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