Massa tops the times on day 1

by Vince Pettit

Official testing for the 2010 Formula 1 kicked off today in Valencia for seven teams.

With a track temperature of 19c Felipe Massa set the early pace of the day, finishing fastest in the morning session.

The Brazilian followed this up by topping the timesheets once again in the afternoon session which saw the much awaited debut of seven time world champion Michael Schumacher as he took to the wheel of the Mercedes W01.

Pedro de la Rosa was the surprise of the session finishing second in the plain sponsor free Sauber after a strong run of 74 laps

Gearbox problems saw the Toro Rosso team having to sit out most of the day after completing only 10 laps in the morning. The team managed to fix the problems in the afternoon to head out on track for another 8 laps.

Rubens Barrichello brought out the only red flag of the day after his Williams FW32 ground after experiencing throttle problems.

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time      Laps
 1.  Massa         Ferrari              (B)  1:12.574  102
 2.  de la Rosa    BMW Sauber-Ferrari   (B)  1:12.784   74
 3.  M.Schumacher  Mercedes GP          (B)  1:12.947   40
 4.  Rosberg       Mercedes GP          (B)  1:13.543   39
 5.  Paffett       McLaren-Mercedes     (B)  1:13.846   86
 6.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth    (B)  1:14.449   75
 7.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)  1:14.762   18
 8.  Kubica        Renault              (B)  1:15.000   69

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