Ferrari Changes Valencia Testing Schedule

Following the failed promotional running of the Ferrari F60 by Brazilian race driver Felipe Massa, the Italian team decided to proceed to some changes regarding their maiden official test of the season, in Valencia. Although Massa was initially scheduled to test-drive the F10 only for the Monday running, he will now spend 2 days at the wheel of Ferrari's 2010 single-seater.

Following the launch of the F10 to the international media on Thursday, Ferrari had scheduled a promotional running of the car on the Fiorano circuit, with Massa at its wheel. However, poor weather messed with Ferrari's program last week, as the Brazilian driver was unable to complete a single lap with the car neither on Thursday afternoon, nor on Friday morning.

Consequently, he will be given 2 days to drive the Ferrari F10, as the first testing session of the off-season is all about comparing this year's car to its 2009 predecessor. Since Alonso was not a Ferrari driver last year, that comparison can only be made by Massa, therefore he will need more time to properly test the new features designed for the F10.

Alonso will have to wait until Wednesday morning to get the feel of driving a Ferrari car, but that isn't to say he wasn't involved in the development of his car already. According to Italian newspaper La Stampa, the Spaniard made his first changes to his new car when telling the designers to build him a less complex steering wheel.

I worked to simplify the steering wheel, which seemed very complex,” said Alonso, according to the aforementioned source.

For the Monday and Tuesday testing sessions at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, the weather forecast predicted warm and dry weather, which is nothing short of great news for all teams present at the Spanish track this week.
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