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 Plane Similar To Piquets

Nelson Piquet Jnr, has taken delivery of a new private plane.
He was given the the plane which is a Cessna of the Citation Mustang type worth $2.6-million by Rui Thomaz de Aquino, president of the Brazilian airline TAM.

“I’m going to be able to devote more time to training, reduce distances and gain precious hours,” Piquet said.

The Brazilian driver, who will partner Fernando Alonso at Renault, said he would hire a pilot, because – unlike his father – he doesn’t have a pilot’s licence.

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Lack Of F1 Updates

Sorry for the lack of F1 news updates in the past couple of days

I have had a family bereavement, so I haven’t had the time to update the news here as often as I normal like to do.

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 Sakon Yamamoto

The ING Renault F1 team have today confirmed that former Super Aguri & Spyker driver Sakon Yamamoto will be their new test driver for the 2008 season

Yamamoto said:

“I am very excited to join the ING Renault F1 Team for the 2008 season. It is a great honour for me to be associated with a team that has won world championships. I will learn a fantastic amount, and I look forward to contributing in every way the team asks of me.”

Flavio Briatore said :

“We are delighted to welcome Sakon to the team for 2008, We plan a particularly aggressive development programme for the coming year, and his F1 experience will be useful to us in this context.
Furthermore, the ING Renault F1 Team is one of the most active in promoting Formula One around the world thanks to our unique Roadshow programme, and Sakon will boost our visibility in important markets. He will be an important asset for the team.”

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Circuit De Catalunya 

Grand Prix officials have give a stern warning that if Spain does not take action to stop racist attacks on British track ace Lewis Hamilton, it could lose the chance of a hosting a Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in April

Over the weekend a lot of racist abuse was directed at Lewis Hamilton
Several banners and fans were removed from the circuit, and police were called in. It was also reported on Sunday, that some people painted their faces black and were wearing t – shirts with the slogan ” Hamiltons Family ” on the front and “Alonso No 1” on the back.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has condemned the behaviour and threatened Spain with punishment if further racism is reported.
An FIA spokesman said: “FIA are surprised and disappointed at the abuse directed at Lewis Hamilton. An act of this kind is a clear breach of the principles enshrined in the FIA statutes, and any repetition will result in sanctions.”

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The Circuit de Catalunya wishes to explain its position regarding the actions of a minority of spectators on Friday, February 1st during the test session of Formula One teams:

1.- The total number of spectators during the three days of the event was 55,000 fans with a general attitude of respectful and excellent behaviour during the whole session. The Circuit de Catalunya particularly wants to thank the majority of fans for their attitude, and kindly seeks public recognition of this.

2.- We strongly support the FIA’s position with regards to fighting against all racial, political or religious discrimination in motor sport.

3.- The Circuit de Catalunya will not allow even the smallest incident to repeat itself within its facilities, and new measures are currently being taken into consideration in addition to those implemented during the latest sessions. These measures have been studied with the support of the Catalan Police and the Circuit’s security services, and they will be reinforced in the upcoming tests sessions and at the Gran Premio de España Telefónica de Formula One.

4.- That the Gran Premio de España Telefónica de Formula One represents the image of a country in the world and the Circuit de Catalunya will not accept any abuse of this image through racist attitudes or attacks on sporting competitions. The Circuit requests the Grand Prix to be the genuine meeting point for all the different supporters of drivers and teams in our sport. Especially to represent the welcome and sporting values of our country and our national sponsor.

5.- In case of sanctions, the Circuit de Catalunya may consider the possibility of taking legal actions against those who caused the incidents, regardless of the magnitude.

6.- The Circuit de Catalunya will officially state its position to the FIA, the Real Federación Española de Automovilismo (Spanish Motorsports Federation) and the rest of circuits in Spain, with special interest for those who also host Formula One tests.

http://www.circuitcat.com

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 Mark Webber
On the last day of F1 testing in Barcelona, Mark Webber has finished top of the time sheets.
Jenson Button finished last, outpaced by his team mate Barrichello
Yesterday’s fastest timed man Vettel finished 10th today.
Hamilton was also just beaten by team mate Kovalainen
Testing will start in Bahrain tomorrow for Ferrari & Toyota
Final Times Of The Day :
Pos Driver Team Car Time Diff  Laps
1. M. Webber Red Bull Racing RB4 1:22.385   61
2. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-23 1:22.422 +0.037 66
3. L. Hamilton McLaren MP4-23 1:22.459 +0.074 75
4. R. Kubica BMW Sauber F1.08 1:22.492 +0.107 64
5. F. Alonso Renault R28 1:22.509 +0.124 62
6. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber F1.08 1:22.874 +0.489 58
7. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso STR2 1:22.877 +0.492 64
8. D. Coulthard Red Bull Racing RB4 1:22.889 +0.504 67
9. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R28 1:23.039 +0.654 64
10. S. Vettel Toro Rosso STR2 1:23.232 +0.847 52
11. R. Barrichello Honda RA108 1:23.795 +1.410 65
12. A. Sutil Force India F8-VII 1:23.800 +1.415 86
13. J. Button Honda RA108 1:23.808 +1.423 67

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has apparantly suffered some racist abuse from Spanish fans during testing in Barcelona.
Spanish media said the McLaren driver was booed and insulted whenever he made his way from the team motorhome and into the pit area on Saturday.
Shouts of “puto negro” (bloody/f**ing black) and “negro de mierda” (black s***) were clearly heard
“It is not right the way he is being treated,” McLaren test team manager Indy Lull was quoted as saying.
The Barcelona circuit director then asked for fences to be put up around the McLaren paddock and immediatley ordered the removal of banners that had been put up in the grandstand opposite
“We would like to make a plea to the fans to behave correctly, no type of offensive behaviour can be tolerated,” circuit director Ramon Pradera said

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Kazuki Nakajima 

The Williams F1 team have decided to pack up and head back to their headquarters in the UK after only 2 days of testing in Barcelona

The had new parts flown in on Frank Williams private plane this morning, which were fitted to the Fw30, but the team feel they have not fully resolved the problem of what caused Nakajimas crash yesterday.

So they decided to pack up and leave.

The team hope to go to Jerez next week to test again

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