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Friday, February 08, 2013 1:36 pm

De la Rosa's Ferrari spouts smoke in Jerez

The Associated Press

Ferrari's new test pilot Pedro de la Rosa abandoned his smoking car Friday during Formula One's first preseason test.

He returned to the Jerez track for 50 laps in his debut behind the wheel of a Ferrari, but his best single-lap time was only the ninth fastest of the day. The setback came a day after Felipe Massa impressed with newfound speed.

Kimi Raikkonen steered his Lotus to the session's quickest lap in 1 minute, 18.148 seconds, leaving Massa and his 1:17.879 effort from Thursday as the best overall for the four-day test.

Lewis Hamilton, who crashed his new Mercedes into the barrier on Wednesday, completed the most laps for the day with 145.

De la Rosa was only on his second lap behind the wheel of the new F138 when smoke began to billow out of the car. He returned after mechanics made repairs and stewards filled in a pot hole.

There are two tests in Barcelona before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 17.