Kobayashi has first Ferrari F1 test Monday in Fiorano

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Ferrari’s Felipe Massa had a miserable weekend in Monaco, ending with a crash that sent him to hospital, but one bad event is unlikely to alter his status in the immediate future.

Interestingly, the team did have Kamui Kobayashi on hand as a guest this weekend. The ex-Sauber and Toyota driver failed to find the backing to continue for a fourth full season in Formula One, and has taken up residence in an AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year.

On Monday, Kobayashi was in a Ferrari of the F1 variety – its 2010-spec chassis at its Fiorano test track, according to Autosport. His run in the F10 was in preparation for a promotional event in Moscow on July 21.

The Japanese driver, who scored his first career podium in his home race at Suzuka last year, was humbled by the experience.

“The first feeling was one of great happiness,” he said. “I raced against this car and I knew how quick it was, so it was very important to get some experience of it. Last year’s race in Brazil was the last time I drove a Formula One car and now I am racing in the WEC in a 458 GT, and the impressions are completely different.”

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.