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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

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

The F1 drivers have confirmed they are unhappy about increases to the cost of obtaining their mandatory FIA superlicenses in 2008.
Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) director Fernando Alonso did not deny that boycott action at next month’s British Grand Prix over the issue is possible.
Championship leader and GPDA member Robert Kubica said the cost of a F1 license increased by at least a factor of eight compared to last year.
“It’s quite a lot of money, especially if you are scoring points like Lewis did last year and it’s your first year in Formula One,” he said.
“But another point is that experienced drivers who don’t have a quick car are not scoring points, so they don’t care because they don’t have to pay.
“So I think it will be difficult to get all drivers to have the same idea but we are trying to convince the FIA to reduce the cost.”
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, despite neither being GPDA members, told a news conference on Thursday that they also support the GPDA.
“For sure I support them,” reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen agreed. 
“Of course it’s better if it’s not so expensive and it’s the same for everybody, but I don’t think there’s any reason to go on strike and not race. I don’t think that’s the right way to go but it would be nice if we could reduce it,” he said.
It is not clear what form a Silverstone strike might take – boycotting the drivers’ parade, an official session, or the race itself.
With individual drivers bound contractually to teams, Raikkonen admitted that a completely unified front among the 20 Grand Prix stars is unlikely.
“It’s never going to happen that all the drivers will strike. Hopefully there is some nice solution that can be found at some point,” he said.

Bernie Ecclestone is applying more pressure to the Silverstone circuit by revealing that he is in talks with Donington Park to host future F1 races in Britain.
Ecclestone has long criticised Silverstone and has been trying to persuade the owners of the circuit, the BRDC, to upgrade the track’s facilities. In recent months, he has threatened to axe the British Grand Prix completely if his demands over the state of the circuit are not met.
However British newspaper The Times has revealed that Ecclestone is looking to safeguard the future of the British Grand Prix by talking to Donington Park management as he believes they have a better chance of coming up with the £11 million annual fee and the large investments required to run the race than Silverstone does.
“We are discussing the possibility of reaching an agreement with Donington to host the British Grand Prix,” Ecclestone explained. “We are trying to save the British Grand Prix and we want it to be staged at a venue which befits an even of it’s stature. I have been in negotiations for a long time and whether or not we are going to do a deal with Donington or Silverstone, I don’t know.
“Donington have said they are going to build everything we want. Have they got the money? Only time will tell. But I think there is more chance of Donington having the money than the BRDC.”
If Donington wishes to take over from Silverstone to host the British Grand Prix, track organisers will have a mammoth task on their hands. The track potentially needs lengthening, and a new pit, paddock area and media complex would have to be built, along with additional grandstands. The total bill for kitting the circuit out to a high enough standard to host an F1 race is likely to cost in the order of tens of millions of pounds.

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.

 

Stewards at the Canadian Grand Prix have ruled that Lewis Hamilton caused an avoidable crash when he hit Raikkonen from behind.

Nico Rosberg has also been penalised
Both drivers will be demoted 10 places down the Magny Cours grid in two weeks.
“It was a serious mistake from Hamilton and I think the penalty imposed by the FIA is in line with it, even if it does not restore what was a lost opportunity for us,” Ferrari chief Stefano Domenicali said.
“It’s just unfortunate when stuff like this happens, but I have no argument with the Stewards,” Hamilton said.
Team boss Ron Dennis, however, came closer to disagreeing with the penalty, playing down the incident as ‘just one of those things’. 
“The plain fact is that Lewis didn’t realise that the cars in front of him were coming to a halt until too late,” he said.
“It’s difficult for a driver to decide whether to focus on the lights or on the cars ahead in situations like that. Having said that, we accept the stewards’ decision,” Dennis added.

Robert Kubica has claimed his first ever F1 win with a fantastic drive for BMW Sauber

It was also the first ever win for the BMW Sauber team, so its a double celebration today

Lewis Hamilton & Kimi Raikkonen both scored no points after Hamilton went straight into the back of Raikkonen after exiting the pitlane during a safety car incident. Raikkonen and Kubica were both exiting the pitlane, and stopped at the exit because the red light was flashing, but Hamilton didn’t stop and ended up in the back of raikkonen, taking them both out of the race. Raikkonen then jumped out of his car, and showed hamilton the red light still flashing. Hamilton said he has since apologised to Raikkonen for the incident.

Nick Heidfeld, took second place and David Coulthard was third for Red Bull, it’s been a while since he was last on the podium.
Timo Glock took fourth place, the best result of his first full F1 season, and Felipe Massa was an eventful fifth.
Barrichello, who now has the most ever starts in F1 History, was leading the race at one point for a few laps, then had to pit for fuel. But he still mamaged to bring the Honda home in 7th place.
Kubica is now top of the Drivers’ World championship, four points clear of Hamilton, and BMW Sauber is now top the Constructor’s title race.

Race Result : 

1.  KUBICA       BMW                 
2.  HEIDFELD     BMW           +16.4s
3.  COULTHARD    Red Bull      +23.3s
4.  GLOCK        Toyota        +42.6s
5.  MASSA        Ferrari       +43.9s
6.  TRULLI       Toyota        +47.7s
7.  BARRICHELLO  Honda         +53.5s
8.  VETTEL       Toro Rosso    +54.1s
9.  KOVALAINEN   McLaren       +54.4s
10. ROSBERG      Williams      +57.7s
11. BUTTON       Honda         +67.5s
12. WEBBER       Red Bull      +71.2s
13. BOURDAIS     Toro Rosso    +1 lap
R.  FISICHELLA   Force India   +19 laps
R.  NAKAJIMA     Williams      +24 laps
R . ALONSO       Renault       +26 laps
R.  PIQUET       Renault       +31 laps
R.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari       +51 laps
R.  HAMILTON     McLaren       +51 laps
R.  SUTIL        Force India   +57 laps