Formula One racing’s summer break in full swing

With Formula One racing’s summer break in full swing, you’d expect most drivers to be relaxing on a well-deserved holiday. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, however, had other ideas over the weekend and got back behind the wheel at his local circuit of Interlagos for the fourth round of Brazil’s Copa Fiat series.

Massa took to the track for two practice sessions of the competition, which was previously known as the Trofeo Linea. Although as a guest driver he was entitled to have one more set of tyres than the rest of the competitors, the Brazilian impressed, setting times of 1m 51.411s and 1m 52.005s in the first and second sessions respectively.

“Today, having one set of tyres more than the others helped me but I was not expecting to be quicker than excellent and experienced drivers like Christian Fittipaldi, Caca Bueno and Andre Bragantini, who are leading the championship,” Massa told Ferrari’s official website.

“A great job has been done and the car is much improved, more stable and easier to drive. These characteristics are a great help to drivers who, like me, come from single-seaters.”

After enjoying practice on Saturday, Massa returned to the sidelines to watch the racing action on Sunday. He will be back in a Formula One cockpit at the 2012 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix from August 31 to September 2.

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