Car changes delay Ferrari's progress
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6 February 2013 – Felipe Massa spent more time than he had initially anticipated confined to his garage on Wednesday, with the Ferrari driver being given the task of working through a range of aerodynamic and exhaust configurations on the new F138 chassis at Jerez.
Having to wait for significant changes to be made on numerous occasions, Massa was unable to complete a flying lap until the afternoon session. However, according to the Brazilian, the final few hours of track action yielded three 'very important' runs.
"We concentrated 100 percent on the aerodynamic side and on the exhausts," Massa said of his day. "In the morning, I didn’t even do a flying lap because we used the time available to do constant speed runs and to analyse various aerodynamic solutions.
"All the changes to the car took longer than planned, but in the afternoon, I managed to do three long runs which were very important in order to understand which direction we need to follow in the coming days."
Massa finished his day at the wheel eighth fastest, completing a total of 78 laps. He will get behind the wheel of the F138 for the third time this week on Thursday, before Ferrari's new development driver, Pedro de la Rosa, takes over for the final day.