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Alonso to miss Ferrari’s first test

Fernando Alonso will miss the first test of Ferrari’s 2013 Formula 1 car in Spain next month.

Report by BBC Sport

The Spaniard, who has finished second in the championship in two of his three years at Ferrari, will not drive the car until the second pre-season test.

Instead, team-mate Felipe Massa will drive for three days at the first test at Jerez, starting on February 5.

The Brazilian (31) will hand over to new development driver Pedro de la Rosa for the final day.

De la Rosa (41) joined Ferrari this month. He will spend much of his time working in the team’s simulator, so experience of the car on the track will be vital information for him.

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