Valentino Rossi enjoyed the first day of his latest Ferrari Formula 1 test at Catalunya despite poor weather spoiling the opening morning. The MotoGP legend had an early spin on a track still damp following heavy overnight rain, but was able to switch to slick tires in the afternoon.
"I'm happy," said Rossi, who is driving a 2008 Ferrari run by the team's Clienti department and fitted with GP2 tires. "It was a good test, although it was wet in the morning and, without grip, I had some problems. Fortunately the track dried off in the afternoon, I could use the slicks and improve my lap times."
Rossi completed 68 laps and eventually got down to a time of 1m25.200s. The test, which Ferrari has arranged as a reward for Rossi's latest MotoGP title, concludes tomorrow.