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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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For 3 days this week the F1 teams have been testing in Barcelona

Anthony Davidson was back in action this week, after losing his F1 drive, after the Super Aguri team folded 6 weeks ago. He was asked by the Honda F1 team to help with testing the Honda RA108, while regular tester Alex Wurz is racing in the Le Mans 24 Hour race this weekend.

Luca Badoer was fastest for the 1st 2 days, and Piquet ended up fastest on the final day.

The teams will be backin action next weekend for the French Grand Prix

 

Barcelona – 14/06/2008

1 . N. Piquet – Renault R28 – 1:20.076 (+ 0.000 ) – 112 laps
2 . P. de la Rosa – McLaren MP4-23 – 1:20.402 (+ 0.326 ) – 82 laps
3 . L. Badoer – Ferrari F2008 – 1:20.680 (+ 0.604 ) – 63 laps
4 . M. Webber – Red Bull Renault RB4 – 1:21.037 (+ 0.961 ) – 92 laps
5 . T. Glock – Toyota TF108 – 1:21.158 (+ 1.082 ) – 86 laps
6 . N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber F1.08 – 1:21.295 (+ 1.219 ) – 88 laps
7 . R. Barrichello – Honda RA108 – 1:21.672 (+ 1.596 ) – 83 laps
8 . N. Hulkenberg – Williams FW30 – 1:21.674 (+ 1.598 ) – 60 laps
9 . S. Vettel – Toro Rosso STR3 – 1:21.880 (+ 1.804 ) – 72 laps.

 

Barcelona Friday – 13/06/2008

1 . L. Badoer – Ferrari F2008 – 1:21.013 (+ 0.000 ) – 95 laps
2 . P. de la Rosa – McLaren MP4-23 – 1:21.374 (+ 0.361 ) – 111 laps
3 . T. Glock – Toyota TF108 – 1:21.573 (+ 0.560 ) – 87 laps
4 . N. Rosberg – Williams Toyota FW30 – 1:21.614 (+ 0.601 ) – 86 laps
5 . D. Coulthard – Red Bull Renault RB4 – 1:21.668 (+ 0.655 ) – 86 laps
6 . R. Kubica – BMW Sauber F1.08 – 1:21.761 (+ 0.748 ) – 114 laps
7 . R. Barrichello – Honda RA108 – 1:21.950 (+ 0.937 ) – 122 laps
8 . N. Piquet – Renault R28 – 1:22.037 (+ 1.024 ) – 129 laps
9 . S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso STR3 – 1:22.395 (+ 1.382 ) – 101 lap

 

Barcelona Thursday – 12/06/2008

1 . L. Badoer – Ferrari F2008 – 1:22.412 (+ 0.000 ) – 81 laps
2 . R. Kubica – BMW Sauber F1.08 – 1:22.682 (+ 0.270 ) – 69 laps
3 . D. Coulthard – Red Bull RB4 – 1:22.724 (+ 0.312 ) – 21 laps
4 . S. Buemi – Red Bull RB4 – 1:22.764 (+ 0.352 ) – 79 laps
5 . G. Paffett – McLaren MP4-23 – 1:22.938 (+ 0.526 ) – 36 laps
6 . A. Davidson – Honda RA108 – 1:23.208 (+ 0.796 ) – 81 laps
7 . N. Hulkenberg – Williams FW30 – 1:23.619 (+ 1.207 ) – 112 laps
8 . R. Grosjean – Renault R28 – 1:23.899 (+ 1.487 ) – 60 laps
9 . K. Kobayashi – Toyota TF108 – 1:24.442 (+ 2.030 ) – 82 laps.

 

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Menorca Test Runway

The F1 teams have now finished their test sessions, in preparation for the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne in 2 weeks time.
But 2 teams have scheduled a final straight line test session at Menorca.
The BMW Sauber F1 Team is travelling to Menorca on Thursday 6 March, the McLaren Mercedes team will also conduct some final straight line aerodynamic work in Menorca.
Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Honda will also conduct one final shakedown before travelling to Australia
Luca Badoer will be on track at Fiorano on 6 March where he will shakedown the cars that will be used in the Australian Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso will work at the same track 3 days earlier for their shakedown.

Honda has scheduled a private three-day test session at the Circuit of Jerez from 4-6 March before travelling to Melbourne.

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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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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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Sebastian Vettel 

At the end of day 2 in Barcelona testing , Sebastian Vettel has finished at the top of the timesheets, followed by his team mate Sebastian Bourdais.

Hamilton was 3rd fastest of the day, Button could only manage 12th fastest of the day

The 2 williams drivers were back on track at lunchtime today, after their cars were fitted with new parts after Nakajimas crash yesterday.

Testing Continues Tommorow

Final Times Of The Day :

Pos Driver Team Car Time Diff  Laps
1. S. Vettel Toro Rosso STR2 1:21.679   88
2. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso STR2 1:21.782 +0.103 88
3. L. Hamilton McLaren MP4-23 1:22.135 +0.456 80
4. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-23 1:22.616 +0.937 55
5. R. Kubica BMW Sauber F1.08 1:22.833 +1.154 74
6. F. Alonso Renault R28 1:22.938 +1.259 95
7. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R28 1:23.002 +1.323 94
8. M. Webber Red Bull Racing RB4 1:23.020 +1.341 80
9. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber F1.08 1:23.070 +1.391 52
10. D. Coulthard Red Bull Racing RB4 1:23.322 +1.643 62
11. N. Rosberg Williams FW30 1:23.780 +2.101 23
12. J. Button Honda RA108 1:23.969 +2.290 47
13. K. Nakajima Williams FW30 1:24.109 +2.430 27
14. V. Liuzzi Force India F8-VII 1:24.284 +2.605 36

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Lewis Hamilton 

On day 1 of the Barcelona test, Lewis Hamilton has finished the day fastest.
Today’s test session saw quite a few problems with various drivers

The people who stopped on track today with problems were

N. Heidfeld
F. Alonso
N. Piquet Jr.
D. Coulthard
G. Paffett
K. Nakajima
S. Bourdais
M. Webber

Testing Continues In Barcelona Tomorrow

Final Times Of The Day :

Pos Driver Team Car Time Diff  Laps
1. L. Hamilton McLaren MP4-23 1:22.263   84
2. F. Alonso Renault R28 1:22.889 +0.626 61
3. R. Kubica BMW Sauber F1.08 1:22.983 +0.720 66
4. G. Fisichella Force India F8-VII 1:23.015 +0.752 100
5. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber F1.08 1:23.270 +1.007 53
6. G. Paffett McLaren MP4-23 1:23.349 +1.086 47
7. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R28 1:23.367 +1.104 46
8. S. Vettel Toro Rosso STR2 1:23.387 +1.124 90
9. N. Rosberg Williams FW30 1:23.453 +1.190 12
10. D. Coulthard Red Bull Racing RB4 1:23.491 +1.228 45
11. M. Webber Red Bull Racing RB4 1:23.547 +1.284 43
12. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso STR2 1:23.920 +1.657 49
13. K. Nakajima Williams FW30 1:23.955 +1.692 36
14. R. Barrichello Honda RA108 1:24.125 +1.862 41
15. A. Wurz Honda RA108 1:26.975 +4.712 26

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