Massa tops morning test

by Vince Pettit

Felipe Massa marked his return to the F1 circuit posting the fastest time of the morning session at the first official Formula 1 test today.

Completing 32 laps he posted the fastest lap of 1m13.088s ahead of Pedro de la Rosa’s 1m13.247.

The Brazilian was due to shakedown the F10 at the weekend but was forced to abandon those plans due to bad weather. His first impressions of the F10 were positive, although was too early for a serious conclusion.

Eight teams are present in Valencia today with Nico Rosberg taking early duties at the wheel of the Mercedes GP W01, Gary Paffett putting in 34 laps in the McLaren MP4-25, Rubens Barrichello in the Williams FW32, Robert Kubica in the Renault R30 and Sebastien Buemi in the Toro Rosso.

Michael Schumacher is expected out on track this afternoon after much speculation and false alarms down pitlane.

Morning times:
Pos Driver                 Team             Time         Laps
 1. Felipe Massa           Ferrari          1m13.088s      32
 2. Pedro de la Rosa       BMW Sauber       1m13.247s      27
 3. Nico Rosberg           Mercedes         1m13.543s      39
 4. Gary Paffett           McLaren          1m14.018s      34
 5. Rubens Barrichello     Williams         1m14.449s      42
 6. Robert Kubica          Renault          1m15.298s      37
 7. Sebatien Buemi         Toro Rosso       1m19.279s      10

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