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Reuters - Thu, 21 Jan 20:22:00 2010
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MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi showed impressive pace in a Formula One car at the end of two days of testing with Ferrari in Barcelona.
MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi drives a F1 Ferrari car during a test session at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo - 0

The Italian, who had a few spins on Wednesday when the track was wet, completed more than 600km behind the wheel on Thursday at the Circuit de Catalunya and finished with a best time of one minute 21.900 seconds.

That compared with this year's fastest race lap of 1:22.762 set by Brazilian Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button's pole position time of 1:20.527.

The 30-year-old had the advantage of a 2008 car on slick tyres and light on fuel but Ferrari insiders were impressed by the Italian's ability to learn and improve his times consistently.

"It shows he has the talent to progress," commented one.

Ferrari have tried to recruit Rossi in the past and team boss Stefano Domenicali said last week he would check on the Italian's availability if they had the chance to race a third F1 car in the future.

Rossi, who has talked more of a future in rallying after MotoGP, said he would "have given anything for such a lap time" in his sixth test in a Formula One car.

Brazilian Felipe Massa will take over the car on Friday as he continues his recovery from the serious head injuries he suffered in Hungary last year. Formula One testing in current equipment is banned until February 1.

"As the car and the track were available I thought it would be helpful to go onto the track for a day to continue gaining confidence with the Formula One," Massa said.
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Massa pleased with F2008 test

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Felipe Massa enjoyed a trouble-free test on Friday at the wheel of a 2008 Ferrari in Barcelona.

He took to the Circuit de Catalunya as part of his ongoing rehabilitation, after he crashed at the Hungaroring last year and fractured his skull. MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi had been testing at the circuit earlier this week and Massa said he was keen to make the most of his team's presence at the home of the Spanish Grand Prix.

To conform to the winter testing ban he used low-grip demonstration tyres, fitted to the car that took him to within a point of being world champion in 2008. In total he completed 90 laps in changing weather conditions, and although no times were released, he said he was pleased with the run.

"It was a perfect way to optimise my form here in Barcelona," he said. "I'm really happy that I had this new opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Formula One single seater on a race track. I can't wait to sit in the new car and get stuck in."

Ferrari's 2010 car will be unveiled on January 28 before hitting the track for the first time at Valencia on February 1.
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As motor sport publications remarked, it would have been interesting to see Massa's lap times in the same car. Never mind the different tires.
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As motor sport publications remarked, it would have been interesting to see Massa's lap times in the same car. Never mind the different tires.
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Jan.25 (GMM) Felipe Massa has put a dampener on reports that Valentino Rossi would be ready to make an immediate switch to formula one.

The reigning and multiple MotoGP champion tested for two days in a 2008 Ferrari last week in Barcelona, setting a best time quicker even than the fastest lap of the 2009 Spanish grand prix.

But team regular and 2008 title contender Massa, 28, put the performance into context a day later when he took a turn at the wheel of the car fitted with GP2 slicks.

It is rumoured the Brazilian's best lap was a 1.19.5, which is nearly 2.5 seconds quicker than Rossi's 1.21.9.
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