- Associated Press - Thursday, February 7, 2013

JEREZ, SPAIN (AP) - Ferrari driver Felipe Massa clocked the fastest time of Formula One’s opening preseason test in the Italian team’s new F138 car on Thursday.

Mercedes rebounded from a wild opening two days with Nico Rosberg completing a session-high 148 laps at the Jerez circuit.

Rosberg’s car had spouted flames and smoke on Tuesday, and the next day new teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed into a barrier.

New Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez had the second-most laps with 110 and world champion Sebastian Vettel was third with 102.

Massa, who is riding alone for Ferrari with Fernando Alonso not attending the tests in his home country, recorded a fastest lap of 1 minute, 17.879 seconds. Rosberg and Vettel were next.

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