Massa flies on first day of testing

Felipe Massa was the man to beat on the first day of testing in Barcelona. On slick tyres with a radical new nose cone, the Brazilian finished the day over 2.5 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Honda test driver Alex Wurz, also running on slick tyres, finished with the second best time of the day, a full 2.7 seconds behind Massa s F2008.

Most of the teams in action were testing out new updates to their cars, many of which will debut in Spain in a fortnight when the European leg of the season begins.

For this week s test session, each team were given nine sets of slick tyres to work with as Bridgestone prepares for a return to slick tyre racing next season. It has already been agreed that any testing done on slicks will not be counted towards testing mileage.

The test session was marred by four red flags Glock, Piquet and Heidfeld all had a spin causing red flags to be waved. Late in the day, Nakajima went off-track causing the final red flag of the session.

Unofficial Times for Day 1 Testing:

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time      Laps
 1.  Massa         Ferrari                1:18.339   77
 2.  Wurz          Honda                  1:21.059   75
 3.  de la Rosa    McLaren-Mercedes       1:21.566  113
 4.  Heidfeld      BMW-Sauber             1:21.679  105
 5.  Piquet        Renault                1:22.125   69
 6.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault       1:22.197   59
 7.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota        1:22.431   72
 8.  Glock         Toyota                 1:22.590   92
 9.  Liuzzi        Force India-Ferrari    1:22.846   91