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Archive for January 23rd, 2008

Mark Webber 

Mark Webber gopt behind the wheel of the new Red Bull RB4 today.

David Coulthard has already driven the new car last week in Jerez, and again yesterday on day 1 of this weeks test.

“I’m happy with the new car,” said Mark Webber at the end of the session. “Today has been encouraging and, so far, it seems to be a big step forward from last year in terms of reliability and speed, which is great. Now we need to work with what we’ve got and get it as fast as possible before Melbourne. We’ve got a big four weeks coming up.”

Webber continues driving tomorrow for the last day of this test.

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Heikki Kovalainen 

On day 2 of the Valencia test, Heikki Kovalainen has ended up fastest at the end of the days session. Barrichello was a disappointing 16th on his 1st day in the new RA108, alongside Honda test driver Kogure who finished last. Lets hope Honda’s times improve, or it may end up being another bad season for them.

Williams were once again high up the timesheets, is this a sign of a big improvement for them, Alonso could only manage 6th fastest of the day.

Testing continues tomorrow

Final Times For Day 2 :

POS: DRIVER: TEAM: TIME: LAPS:
1. Kovalainen Mclaren 1:11.000 92
2. Massa Ferrari 1:11.662 81
3. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:11.850 108
4. Hamilton Mclaren 1:12.076 115
5. Nakajima Williams 1:12.255 92
6. Alonso Renault 1:12.360 111
7. Rosberg Williams 1:12.493 117
8. Webber Red Bull 1:12.594 87
9. Heidfeld BMW 1:12.976 51
10. Vettel Toro Rosso 1:13.015 63
11. Glock Toyota 1:13.129 96
12. Kubica BMW 1:13.230 121
13. Bourdais Toro Rosso 1:13.307 118
14. Sutil Force India 1:13.409 98
15. Trulli Toyota 1:13.547 96
16. Barrichello Honda 1:14.874 35
17. Kogure Honda 1:16.761 50

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Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli says now electronic aids have been banned from this season, it could lead to cheating. He suspects that some teams are already using illegal forms of launch and traction control in pre-season testing.
“I’m not saying someone’s cheating, even though we’ve received some conflicting information at Toyota,” Trulli, 33, said.
“But having analysed the behaviour on the track both now and in the tests in December, the changes between them are many — and in several cases suspicious”

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Flavio Braitore And Fernando Alonso

Flavio Briatore today said he will stop being Renault’s F1 boss when Fernando Alonso also leaves the team.
Flavio’s renault contract runs out at the end of 2008, and he revealed he would like to take a rest from F1 after 20 years in formula one.
If reports are to be believed, Alonso has signed a 2 year contract, but may have a get out clause attached to his new contract
Flavio said “I’ve brought a lot to F1 and received a lot in return and I think when I end this adventure with Renault, with Fernando Alonso, I’ll take a rest,”
He made an usual appearance at todays Valencia test.

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Rubens Barrichello 

Rubens Barrichello drove the new 2008 Honda RA108 in testing at Valencia this morning, bearing its plain white interim livery
The RA108 left the garage in plain white with no sponsorship details
The new car features a much higher nose , different air intakes and a very heavily revised rear end.

Honda will run the car in Spain for the rest of this week, before its official launch at Brackley next week

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Heidfeld With New Nose Design

Kubica With New Nose Design

 BMW Sauber showed off a new front nose design while testing at the Valencia circuit on Tuesday.
The new design features wing looking flaps that are joined to the upper nose cone of the F1.08

The same design is also being used today on the F1.08 driven by Robert Kubica

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