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Well what a day it was. The weather was great, I even mananged to get a suntanned face while waiting for autographs.

I had a paddock pass and was able to go into the pitlane and the F1 paddock.

I managed to get my photo taken with David Coulthard. I also got 4 Minichamps models signed by David for my collection.

I also managed to get my rarest Barrichello model ( Jordan 193 ) autographed by Rubens

I also got a Minichamps model signed by Fernando Alonso, although it was quickly rushed while he was running to get in his car.

But the highlight of my day was getting to see Lewis Hamilton who signed 6 baseball caps for me. He was so nice to me and my son. I also got a photo of my son with Lewis as Lewis was signing his book for my son. Although lewis spelt my son’s name wrong, so they were laughing about it together.

Lewis spent so much time signing autographs for his fans, unlike Kimi Raikkonen who hardly ever signs anything for his fans.

So I have one happy son now who has a photo with Lewis. He also had photos with Anthony Hamilton, and Nick Hamilton, ( Lewis’s Brother )

So roll on next week to the British Grand Prix, which I will also be attending

YOU CAN SEE THE SIGNED CAPS ON MY WEBSITE IN THE SHOP

http://f1bits.webasyst.net/shop/

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Bruno Senna Linked To BMW Sauber

BMW Sauber is in ‘intensive talks’ with GP2 driver Bruno Senna about a Formula One role for the Brazilian in 2009, according to reports.
The German magazine Sport Bild claims that Senna, the 24-year-old nephew of the late triple world champion, could become a test or even a full race driver for the Hinwil-based squad next year.
Senna, second overall in the 2008 GP2 standings, won a race at the prestigious Monaco venue last month.
His quest to go all the way to Formula One is backed by his uncle’s friend and former McLaren team-mate Gerhard Berger, who today co-owns the Toro Rosso team.
“I will help Bruno, and his family who looks out for his career, to do it. His development is obvious, and there is no doubt he has talent,” the Austrian said.
Sport Bild claims that Berger discussed Senna at Magny Cours with BMW Sauber boss Mario Theissen, his former colleague as joint BMW Motorsport Director. 
An insider confirmed: “Senna is determined to get a test and then BMW will decide.”
The magazine also said Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Williams may be interested in Senna.
Bruno Senna, meanwhile, is personally backed by Santander, the Spanish bank that also sponsors McLaren.
For now, he is staying focused on his current task.
“I must continue to push and win races and podiums. Then I can dream a little bit more,” Senna said.

Source: GMM

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The FIA have announced plans to launch a new feeder series for Formula One, expected to appear on the calendar from 2009. At a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris today, the FIA revealed plans for a “Formula Two”, “an inexpensive platform to develop emerging driver talent for Formula One”.
The designation “Formula Two” was last used in 1984, before the series was renamed Formula 3000, before itself being relaunched as GP2 in 2005. While GP2 is currently the primary feeder series for Formula One, with such names as Hamilton, Kovalainen, Piquet and Rosberg all having graduated in the past three years, Formula Two would undoubtedly emerge as a competitor to GP2.
In its press release, the FIA said that it was inviting tenders for the new series, for a 2009 launch. The FIA hopes for a budget of €200,000 per car per season to be sufficient, a figure which is lower than the budget needed for GP2, although no specifications about the series have been announced.
Such is the success of GP2 to produce high-quality drivers and hone their skills, that many observers will wonder about the necessity to launch a new series. With the power struggle currently ongoing between the FIA and Commercial rights holders of Formula One, who incidentally also own GP2, it’s likely that the news of the new series will begin a new chapter in the battle for supremacy in F1.

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Below is the Provisional 2009 Schedule :

29 March, Australia
5 April, Malaysia
19 April, Bahrain
10 May, Spain
24 May, Monaco
7 June, Canada
21 June, Great Britain
28 June, France
12 July, Germany
26 July, Hungary
9 August, Turkey
23 August, Europe (Valencia)
6 September, Italy
13 September, Belgium
27 September, Singapore
11 October, Japan
18 October, China
1 November, Brazil
15 November, Abu Dhabi

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Kimi Raikkonen has snatched pole position from team mate Massa

Raikkonen helped Ferrari claim their 200th pole position

Hamilton managed 3rd spot, but due to his 10 place grid penalty, will now start from 13th

Kovalainen finished 5th, but was given a 5 place grid penalty for blocking Mark Webber

Below is the revised grid for tomorrows French Grand Prix following Kovalainen’s penalty

  1. Kimi Raikkonen   Ferrari
  2. Felipe Massa   Ferrari
  3. Fernando Alonso   Renault
  4. Jarno Trulli   Toyota
  5. Robert Kubica   BMW Sauber
  6. Mark Webber  RedBull – Renault
  7. David Coulthard   RedBull – Renault
  8. Timo Glock   Toyota
  9. Nelson Piquet   Renault
 10. Heikki Kovalainen   McLaren
 11. Nick Heidfeld    BMW Sauber
 12. Sebastian Vettel   Toro Rosso – Ferrari
 13. Lewis Hamilton   McLaren
 14. Sebastien Bourdais   Toro Rosso – Ferrari
 15. Kazuki Nakajima   Williams – Toyota
 16. Jenson Button  Honda
 17. Rubens Barrichello   Honda
 18. Giancarlo Fisichella  Force India – Ferrari
 19. Adrian Sutil   Force India – Ferrari
 20. Nico Rosberg   Williams – Toyota

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Alonso has finished a surprise fastest in the final practice session.

Considering he had a blown engine at the end of the 1st practice, he has recovered very well.

 

1.  ALONSO        Renault       1m15.778s
2.  MASSA         Ferrari       1m15.854s
3.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       1m15.999s
4.  HAMILTON      McLaren       1m16.232s
5.  VETTEL        Toro Rosso    1m16.298s
6.  KUBICA        BMW           1m16.317s
7.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren       1m16.340s
8.  HEIDFELD      BMW           1m16.458s
9.  ALONSO        Renault       1m16.543s
10. COULTHARD     Red Bull      1m16.572s
11. ROSBERG       Williams      1m16.682s
12. TRULLI        Toyota        1m16.743s
13. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso    1m16.758s
14. NAKAJIMA      Williams      1m17.002s
15. GLOCK         Toyota        1m17.092s
16. WEBBER        Red Bull      1m17.106s
17. BUTTON        Honda         1m17.244s
18. FISICHELLA    Force India   1m17.394s
19. BARRICHELLO   Honda         1m17.591s
20. SUTIL         Force India   1m17.868s

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Massa has gone fastest in the 1st practice session for this weekends French Grand Prix

1.  MASSA         Ferrari       1m15.306s
2.  HAMILTON      McLaren       1m16.002s
3.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren       1m16.055s
4.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       1m16.073s
5.  KUBICA        BMW           1m16.377s
6.  ALONSO        Renault       1m16.400s
7.  TRULLI        Toyota        1m16.758s
8.  VETTEL        Toro Rosso    1m16.838s
9.  HEIDFELD      BMW           1m16.870s
10. GLOCK         Toyota        1m16.886s
11. PIQUET        Renault       1m17.063s
12. COULTHARD     Red Bull      1m17.234s
13. WEBBER        Red Bull      1m17.269s
14. ROSBERG       Williams      1m17.394s
15. BARRICHELLO   Honda         1m17.491s
16. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso    1m17.683s
17. NAKAJIMA      Williams      1m17.696s
18. BUTTON        Honda         1m17.928s
19. FISICHELLA    Force India   1m18.072s
20. SUTIL         Force India   1m18.673s

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