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Friday, January 25, 2013
Fernando Alonso to miss first test

Associated Press

MILAN -- Fernando Alonso will miss the first test of Ferrari's new Formula One car in Spain next month.

Ferrari says Felipe Massa and recently recruited test driver Pedro De La Rosa will try out the new car in Jerez while Alonso "will intensify his physical training."

Alonso will get behind the wheel for the first time at the Barcelona test, which starts Feb. 19. The two-time champion will drive for the first three days then before handing over to Massa for the final day.

The third and final test, also at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, will see Alonso and Massa get two days each.

Alonso finished runner-up to Sebastian Vettel this past season, same as in 2010.