It happened today

Test session in run-up to 2006 season

14 Dec 2005

On 14th December 2005, Felipe Massa was on track at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) for the penultimate day of an eight day test session aimed at the following season. In those days there were no regulations limiting how many days one could test and the Scuderia was trying to be as well prepared as possible for the 2006 championship. It would mark the start of a new era for the V8 engine and would also see a return to tyre changes during a race, which had not been allowed in the season that had just ended.

Up to that day, over the course of this long session, apart from Felipe Massa, test drivers Luca Badoer and Marc Gene had also driven, while the following day, even the seven times world champion Michael Schumacher turned up in Andalusia to play his part. The team was using two cars for the test: an F2005 fitted with a restricted power V10 engine, used mainly for Bridgestone tyre development and an F2004 M, the car which had been used in the first few races of the season, fitted with the new V8 engine. For the record, Felipe did 68 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.19.259 in the F2005.