Massa Resumes Testing with New Ferrari F60

Felipe Massa in the Ferrari F60 cockpitFelipe Massa on trackFelipe Massa on trackExhaust system still unchanged for the Ferrari F60, with the exhaust pipes still uncovered
Felipe Massa completed his first proper test of the new Ferrari F60 on Wednesday, at Mugello. The Brazilian took over from teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who drove the F60 in the first two days of the Mugello testing, and recorded a best time of 1:33.353.

Massa completed 104 laps during yesterday's testing, with the weather still very much unsuitable for testing the new slick tires. Massa ran most of the laps on intermediate tires, just like his teammate the days before.

Massa will continue the development work on the new Ferrari F60 today, as this is the last day of testing at Mugello for the Scuderia.

Ferrari are yet to bring modifications to their exhaust system, as insisted by some teams in the F1 paddock. Following media reports in Germany – Auto Motor und Sport magazine – claiming the exhaust system presented by Ferrari at the unveiling of the F60 was illegal and did not comply with the latest aerodynamic rules imposed by the FIA, Mercedes and BMW team bosses urged the Maranello team to change it.

According to the aforementioned source – and backed by the two F1 representatives, plus the FIA rule book – the exhaust pipes of the F60 must be completely covered, whilst Ferrari's were designed to exit the rear bodywork. The Italian team was expected to change the system during their Mugello test, but neither Raikkonen's nor Massa's cars featured a modified exhaust.

“Who knows, perhaps we are talking only about the launch version. Every team knows that the exhaust pipes must be covered in 2009,” had insisted Mercedes Motorsport Director Norbert Haug in an interview for German news agency SID.
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