Ferrari's Felipe Massa sets fastest time at Jerez testing

Massa, who is representing Ferrari alone with Fernando Alonso not attending the tests in his home country, recorded a fastest lap of 1 minute, 17.879 seconds. Rosberg and Vettel were next.

updated: February 08, 2013 14:41 IST
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Jerez, Spain: Ferrari driver Felipe Massa clocked the fastest time of Formula One's opening preseason test in his new F138 car on Thursday, giving the Italian team hope it may have overcome the lack of speed that spoiled its title chase last year.

Mercedes, meanwhile, rebounded from an incident-packed opening two days with Nico Rosberg completing a session-high 148 laps at the Jerez circuit.

Rosberg's car had spouted flames and smoke on Tuesday, and the next day new teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed his vehicle into a barrier.

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