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Archive for January 15th, 2008

ALONSO TEST THE OLD RENAULT R27

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Double world champion Fernando Alonso climbed back in a Renault Formula 1 car for the first time since 2006. At Circuito de Jerez, Alonso completed his first laps in the R27 just after 09.00. Alonso will be completing his test programme with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday. Alonso and Renault will focus today’s programme on getting used to the car and driving without driver aids. He also showed his new helmet to the gathered photographers in Jerez. When he moved from Renault to McLaren last year his helmet changed to the colours of the McLaren team, but the Spanish colours are now back on the Spaniard’s helmet.

Jerez* – 15/01/2008
1 . Alonso – Renault R27 – 1:19.503 – 70 laps
2 . De la Rosa – MP4-23 – 1:19.650 – 111 laps
3 . Raikkonen – Ferrari F2008 – 1:19.708  – 90 laps
4 . Rosberg – Williams FW29 – 1:19.755 – 81 laps
5 . Massa – Ferrari F2008 – 1:19.772 – 86 laps
6 . Kovalainen – MP4-23 – 1:19.780 – 130 laps
7 . Vettel – Toro Rosso STR2 – 1:20.305 – 86 laps
8 . Bourdais – Toro Rosso STR2 – 1:20.346  – 76 laps
9 . Webber – Red Bull RB3 – 1:20.392 – 80 laps
10  Nakajima – Williams FW29 – 1:20.525 – 68 laps
11 .Glock – Toyota TF108 – 1:20.598 – 109 laps
12 .Fisichella – Force India F8-VII – 1:20.764 – 76 laps
13 .Kobayashi – Toyota TF107 – 1:22.060 – 56 laps.

*Times courtesy of Circuito de Jerez

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The first laps of the BMW Sauber’s new car went off according to plan. The doors of the pit garage opened at 12.00, and seven minutes later Robert Kubica emerged with the BMW Sauber F1.08 for its first installation lap on the Valencia circuit.
It was the first time that Kubica had been given the honour of taking a Formula One car out on its maiden drive. The Pole enjoyed the task, commenting: “It was a good start. I’ve only driven a few laps so far, but I have the impression that everything is heading in the right direction. The car feels more stable than its predecessor and it builds up more grip. I’m looking forward to the test days to come.”
Team-mate Nick Heidfeld had already taken the car out on a few demonstration laps at BMW Welt, the company’s futuristic-looking delivery centre in Munich.
In Valencia he drove the F1.07 on Tuesday, and Thursday will see him at the wheel of the F1.08. “I really enjoyed driving the old car as well,” said Heidfeld. “During the winter break there were a few weeks when I hadn’t been in the car. The F1.08 is the most beautiful vehicle I have seen in my F1 career. It has a lot of interesting details. I’m really excited about getting inside it on Thursday!”

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Giancarlo Fisichella completed his first official day of testing with the Force India Ferrari today at the Jerez.
The Italian continued the team’s programme of set-up work and integrating the 2008 standard electronic control unit. Over the day he completed 76 laps, more than a full race distance. Although the track was damp in the morning, with far fewer red flags than Monday, the team was able to make up for yesterday’s limited running and complete the greater part of its programme. Fisichella completed 76 laps with a best time of 1:20.764s, 12th fastest.

Adrian Sutil will take over for the third and final day of the test tomorrow.

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Ralf And Klien To Test DTM Cars This Week

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Mercedes-Benz, the German touring car series and Ralf Schumacher have all confirmed that the 32-year-old German will test a DTM car this week. It was reported that Ralf is scheduled to line up alongside fellow F1 driver Christian Klien for a test in a C-Class Mercedes at Estoril on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Ralf watches nearly every (DTM) race on television,” Norbert Haug, Mercedes’ competition director, told the newspaper Bild. “As we have always said, if the contractual situation ever permits, we would arrange a test for him,” the German added. Ralf Schumacher commented: “First and foremost the test will be for fun, and then we will see how it continues.” A Mercedes-Benz media spokesperson, meanwhile, told the official DTM website that – despite the reported presence of Klien and other drivers at the Portuguese circuit – the Estoril test is not a “shootout” for a race seat. “What will come out of this test is completely open,” he said.

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