Ferrari move first F60 test to Mugello
|By Jonathan Noble||Saturday, January 17th 2009, 11:23 GMT|
Ferrari have decided to switch the first fully-fledged test of their new F60 from Portimao in Portugal to their Mugello test track in Italy next week.
The Maranello-based team had been scheduled to join most other teams in running at the new Algarve circuit, but a team spokesman has confirmed to autosport.com that poor weather forecasts for Portugal have forced a change of plan.
Current forecasts for Portimao suggest that Monday and Tuesday will be hit by light rain. With testing at such a premium this year in the build-up to the season, the loss of two proper days of running could prove critical as teams bid to get their 2009 cars sorted.
It means Ferrari will have a wait a little longer to gauge the competitiveness of their car against their opposition - with most teams expected to run their definitive 2009 machinery for the first time from Monday.
Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa are set to get two days running each in the new car, following the shakedown at Mugello earlier this week. A planned run for Marc Gene at Vairano yesterday had to be cancelled because of bad weather.