As ever in the world of Ferrari, every move is analysed, reanalysed, and decoded.
It has not been lost on the Italian specialist media, therefore, that Felipe Massa only got to play with the essentially Bahrain-spec F2012 on his single day of Mugello testing this week. On Thursday, for the Spaniard’s second day of running, Fernando Alonso will have much of the significant Barcelona upgrade to sample.
“It’s no tactic,” Massa is quoted by Autosprint late on Wednesday, “the new pieces are just not ready. They arrive tonight. That’s the programme we have.”
Struggling Brazilian Massa, therefore, had little to tell reporters about his experiences on Wednesday.
“I know the car well, the defects are the same,” he smiled. “We need a huge improvement, bearing in mind that in these tests the others will have found two or three tenths.”
Massa said it is not realistic that Ferrari will have recovered the full gap when the new F2012 is rolled out in Barcelona next week.
“That would be too optimistic,” he is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
Massa is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Fernando will try some new things tomorrow (Thursday) but the bulk will arrive in Barcelona.”
Alonso added: “All that matters is that we improve the package.”