Barrichello tests at Fiorano

Rubens Barrichello got his first taste of a Ferrari F1 car, testing at the Maranello-based team's Fiorano track.

Barrichello tests at Fiorano

The Brazilian got behind the wheel yesterday to complete a total of 58 laps, with a best time of 1.02.148.

Barrichello, who is still officially working for the Stewart-Ford outfit, was given permission by team bosses Jackie and Paul Stewart to drive at the Italian track.

Although a spokesman stated he is unable to talk to the press about Ferrari until his contract runs out, Barrichello issued the following statement about his performance.

'It is a great day and it is quite emotional to see my name written on a red car,' he said on Wednesday morning.

'I did three laps yesterday and six laps today with very little trouble. I'm pleased at how easy it was to get used to the car.

'I had a small problem braking with my left foot, which is something I am not used to. Also, the track is damp and I don't know Fiorano very well.

'As some of you may know I am having a little operation on my ribs on December 18, then I will be back.

'I am very enthusiastic and I would like to thank Paul and Jackie for letting me drive the car today.'

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