Are Ferrari in trouble again as F138 slower than Sauber and Toro Rosso?

Felipe Massa at Jerez

Felipe Massa at Jerez

Felipe Massa was eighth fastest at the end of the second day of Formula testing at Jerez, ending the day 1.6 seconds off the top pace, and slower than both the other Ferrari powered cars – Toro Rosso and Sauber.

Felipe Massa Ferrari F138

Felipe Massa Ferrari F138

Early murmurs in the paddock suggest that the new F138 was recording higher than expected temperatures, but the Maranello team insist they are sticking to their test programme where fast laps are not on the agenda.

“Journalists did not have access to the Brazilian driver,” O Estado de S.Paulo correspondent Livio Oricchio reported, and added that the new Ferrari was “visibly” not handling as well as the Lotus, McLaren and Red Bull.

“It is undeniable that Ferrari has dropped behind these three teams,” observed Oricchio.

Massa summed up his second day behind the wheel of the F138, “We concentrated 100% on the aerodynamic side and on the exhausts. In the morning, I didn’t even do a flying lap because we used the time available to do constant speed runs and to analyse various aerodynamic solutions.”

“All the changes to the car took longer than planned, but in the afternoon, I managed to do three long runs which were very important in order to understand which direction we need to follow in the coming days,” said Massa.

The team stated on their website, “The Scuderia engineers are not bothered about lap times, preferring to concentrate on getting on with items on the job sheet.”

Toro Rosso and Sauber, both powered by Ferrari engines were quicker than the works team at the end of day two in Spain. (Apex & GMM)