Fernando Alonso will miss Ferrari's first test of its new F1 car

Ferrari F1 drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso

Felipe Massa will test Ferrari's 2013 Formula One car before Fernando Alonso in February.

Ferrari announced on their website that the Brazilian will test the new car at Jerez from 5-7 February, two weeks before his Spanish team-mate.

Massa recovered from a poor start to last season to secure another year's contract with Ferrari.

Alonso will test the car at the second session in Barcelona before the pair alternate in the final test.

Massa recently admitted in an interview with the BBC that he considered quitting F1 in the midst of his struggles last season, his seventh year with Ferrari.

The 31-year-old will test the new Ferrari car for a total of seven days, with 2012 world championship runner-up Alonso in the cockpit for five.

Ferrari's development driver Pedro de la Rosa, who raced for the now defunct HRT team in 2012, will test the new car for one day in addition to his ongoing work on Ferrari's simulator.