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Archive for January 31st, 2008

Circuit De Catalunya

F1 testing continues tomorrow at the Circuit De Catalunya in Spain
8 of the 11 F1 teams will be there

It is estimated 35,000 fans will turn up this weekend to watch the testing

Lewis Hamilton and Gary Paffett for McLaren, Lewis will be there for all 3 days. Heikki Kovalainen will take over from Paffett on days 2 and 3.
Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jr
BMWSauber, Williams, Honda, Red BullRacing, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Force India F1 are also due to take part.
Most of these teams will run with their new 2008 cars, with the exception of Torro Rosso and Force India.
The Force India F1 team will have just one car on track, with Giancarlo Fisichella beginning proceedings, before Vitantonio Liuzzi takes over on Saturday and Adrian Sutil on Sunday.

Ferrari and Toyota will not be at the Circuit de Catalunya
Instead they will be testing at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain from Monday February 4 to Wednesday February 6 and then back again at the same venue from Saturday February 9 to Monday February 11.

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Renault R28 

Renault R28

Renault Team

The Renault F1 team has today launched their new R28 car.

The car was unveiled in Renault’s Communication headquarters in Paris.

The drivers for 2008 will be double world champion Fernando Alonso and rookie Nelson Piquet. Alonso returns to the team after a year at Mclaren. He has tested twice with the team this month, setting fastest time at the recent Jerez test with the old R27

Fernando Alonso Said :

“The entire team is absolutely determined to get back to the top, they are pushing very hard and that is a big motivation for me, First and foremost,
I am a racer, and I obviously want to win. I will do my maximum to make that happen, and I know that is what is expected from me. Some people have suggested that I have unfinished business from 2007, but that’s not the way I look at it. I am preparing for this season the same way I always have done: by concentrating on my job. My first feeling with the car was good and the team is working incredibly hard. It looks encouraging at the moment.”

Piquet Jnr Said :

“Melbourne still seems a long way off to me. We have a lot of work to do beforehand, and I am focused on the next test sessions and our development programme.
That will help me improve my physical condition too, because driving is always the best preparation and I can continue learning to make sure I am ready for my first Grand Prix. My aim this year is to get the maximum out of the package, and to do a good job for the team. There will be a lot to learn and I not underestimating the challenge of Formula 1.”

Flavio Briatore Said :

“We have the strength in depth to overcome our disappointments. Renault has invested for the future at Enstone, especially with the new CFD Centre, which gives us the stability we need to move forward. The new car is a change in direction for the team, and we have been aggressive with the concept. When you add in Fernando’s ability to lead the team on the track, it is a powerful combination. Remember, in 2007 we finished third in the championship with a bad car, that we did not develop for half of the season.
For 2008, we have a good car – and a world champion driver. The situation looks promising.”

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F1 Qualifying & Race Times

The FIA has released details for this years qualifying and race start times, confirming the times for Singapore’s night event as well as confirming that the season opening Australian Grand Prix will not get underway until 3:30 pm, an hour and a half later than usual. 

The complete timetable is as follows :

Saturday

14:00

Qualifying Session For 1 Hour Start Time

Except For The Following Countries  

Canada (13:00)

Great Britain (13:00)

Singapore (20:00) 

   
Sunday
14:00 Race Start Time

Except For The Following Countries 

Australia (15:30)

Malaysia (15:00)

Bahrain (14:30)

Turkey (15:00)

Canada (13:00)

Great Britain (13:00)

Singapore (20:00)

Japan (13:30)

China (15:00)

Brazil (TBA)

 

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