Felipe Massa is tasked to be around for the track debut of the Ferrari car that will be used in the Formula 1 World Championship this year. Starting on Feb. 5, he will start work on the development of the new car at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. This race hosts the first of three test sessions of four days duration that will each take place in the run-up to the beginning of the season.
Felipe will remain on track until Feb. 7 before it’s given to Pedro De La Rosa, who will debut on a Ferrari. But for the earlier part of February, Fernando Alonso will build up his physical training to prepare for the first part of the season which will typically be highly demanding both due to the long distances implicated between the various Grands Prix as well as with the various weather conditions that are experienced from Melbourne to Sakhir, with Sepang and Shanghai in between.
For the first time on February 19 at Montmelo’s Catalunya circuit, Fernando will be driving the fourth car of his Ferrari career. The Spaniard will be behind the wheel for three days before his team-mate Massa takes over. In the last test session, which will be at Montmelo from February 28 to March 3, Felipe and Fernando will take turns on track.
The Brazilian will drive on Thursday and Saturday while the Spaniard will be driving on Friday and Sunday.
This means that the Ferrari test days will have Massa for six days, Alonso for five and De La Rosa for one. Pedro is currently in Maranello for a seat fitting to adjust his position in the new car’s cockpit. He has been in several meetings with the Scuderia engineers to define his programme on the simulator, which will make up the main part of his task as test driver.
This means that on Feb. 8, his time on the track will be highly significant since this will permit the team as well as the driver to work on looking at the correlation between the virtual and the real experience. The process of assembling the new car is advancing. Just recently, the engine was fired up for the first time.