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 Kazuki Nakajima

The Williams F1 team have stopped testing for today.

Kazuki Nakajima had a nasty high speed crash this morning, but luckily he walked away unhurt.  Thw williams team then decided to stop testing for today, until they could find the cause of the accident.

At the time Nico Rosberg was also on track in the FW30, but they decided to bring him in, and check his car didn’t have the same problems which caused Nakajima to go off.

The practice session was stopped for nearly 20 minutes while track marshals removed Nakajimas FW30.
A team spokesman has said of Nakajima, “He is fine. It was related to a front wing mounting issue which will be fixed and the car will be running again tomorrow.”

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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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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

 On Monday Lewis Hamilton drove the MP4/23 in Menorca.

He took over from Kovalainen who also did a test run on Sunday

The Mclaren team did a 2 day test at the Royal Mahon Flying Club. The private airstrip has been used by many F1 teams in the past.

Lewis practiced manual starts and braking with no electronic assistance. McLaren finished the test on Monday evening. 

It is rumoured Fernando Alonso will also visit Menorca next Wednesday for similar tests with his Renault team

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Menorca Test Runway 

A few days after the finish of testing in Valencia last week, Mclaren were back in action at the weekend.

Mclaren were conducting a private test at the Royal Mahon Flying Club in Menorca, Spain.

Kovalainen was behind the wheel of the MP4/23 to test for straight line speed, and aerodynamics tests. Mclaren wanted a private low key test, but they still managed to attract a few fans.

Rumours are, Lewis Hamilton will also fly in to menorca to test the same car today

The next big test starts on Friday in Barcelona.

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Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has finished fastest at the end of the day. there have been quite a few dramas on track today.

There was a spin caused by Lewis Hamilton, and a spin caused by Nelson Piquet Jnr.

Sebastian Bourdais caused 2 incidents aswell, and Giancarlo Fisichella’s force india car stopped on track, just before the end of the day.

Jenson Button still finished a low 16th, and didn’t improve much on his morning time.  It seems the RA108 is still not performing well.

Testing has now finished for this week at Valencia

The next F1 test sessions are as follows :

1st Feb – 3rd Feb: Barcelona
4th Feb – 6th Feb: Bahrain
9th Feb – 11th Feb: Bahrain
12th Feb – 14th Feb: Jerez
19th Feb – 21st Feb: Barcelona
25th Feb – 27th Feb: Barcelona

Final Times For Valencia Test :

Pos Driver Team Car Time Difference  Laps
1. K. Räikkönen Ferrari F2008 1:11.189   88
2. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-23 1:11.206 +0.017 89
3. F. Massa Ferrari F2008 1:11.831 +0.642 96
4. K. Nakajima Williams FW30 1:11.971 +0.782 107
5. L. Hamilton McLaren MP4-23 1:11.994 +0.805 84
6. R. Kubica BMW Sauber F1.08 1:12.095 +0.906 78
7. J. Trulli Toyota TF108 1:12.109 +0.920 95
8. S. Vettel Toro Rosso STR2 1:12.526 +1.337 105
9. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber F1.07B 1:12.600 +1.411 39
10. T. Glock Toyota TF108 1:12.705 +1.516 62
11. G. Fisichella Force India F8-VII 1:12.949 +1.760 93
12. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R28 1:12.973 +1.784 89
13. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso STR2 1:13.060 +1.871 91
14. M. Webber Red Bull RB4 1:13.133 +1.944 15
15. N. Hülkenberg Williams FW29B 1:13.306 +2.117 74
16. J. Button Honda RA108 1:13.689 +2.500 76
17. T. Kogure Honda RA107 1:15.703 +4.514 25

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Jenson Button 

Jenson took his first drive of the new Honda RA108, this morning at the Valencia test.

Its not looking too good for Jenson at the moment. In the morning test session, he was only 16th fastest,  so far he has done 30 laps and is the same position as Barrichello at the end of Wednesday’s test day

Jenson’s  best time in the morning session was 1:13.993, but Kimi was fastest with a tiime of 1:11.189.  Kimi was 2.8 seconds faster than Jenson at the lunch break

Jenson still didn’t improve on his morning position. He still finished 16th at the end of the day, only improving his time by 0.30 seconds from his morning time.

Looks like Honda still have some work to do, to improve the car.

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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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