Two rainy days of exclusive team “filming” at Jerez was actually Giancarlo Fisichella’s first chance to drive the new Ferrari F10 single seater.
It had been reported that the Italian team’s use of Jerez on Monday and Tuesday featured Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the wheel of the red car.
But it was actually team reserve driver Fisichella, 37, who was in charge of the F10, proving that Ferrari is the F1 team arguably most adept at driving through the loopholes in the sport’s tight testing restrictions.
Fisichella’s running, although done in torrential rain, gave the Roman a chance to get comfortable in the F10, whilst freeing up the four days of official testing this week for Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
After the same F10 prototype did all the seven days of testing at Valencia and Jerez this month, a second model – chassis 282 – will make its debut in Massa’s hands on Wednesday.