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TEETHING ISSUES FOR MERCEDES: A brake failure causing Hamilton to crash at 260km/h, Nico Rosberg's car on fire in Jerez (above), Mercedes had a poor start to testing in 2013 but is believed to have worked out the kinks.

Ferrari appeared to find its way with the new F138 car following a difficult start at Jerez, Spain. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg said he noticed Felipe Massa struggling with the new car at the beginning of the first test.

Rosberg said: "On the first two days, the Ferrari did not look good."

Massa ultimately went on to set the fastest lap time of the entire four-day test.

'DROVE AS ON RAILS'

Rosberg commented: "Obviously, they found a solution to the problem," adding that the 2013 Ferrari ultimately seemed "quite good".

Perhaps not as good as Red Bull or McLaren, he added: "They drove as though on rails."

Ferrari's early struggles could be explained by a delay to the F138's development programme, caused by the push for the 2012 title.

Technical director Pat Fry said: "If we talk about the aerodynamics of the F138, we started about three months later than we would have liked. We will do everything to make up for this delay."

Fry referred to a stream of forthcoming "innovations" for the new red and black car. One of them may be a mysterious hole beneath the nose tip that emerged in the final moments of the Jerez test.

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