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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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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.

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Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso wrapped up Renault’s first day of work with their new car at Valencia, where the Spaniard and Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg were the only two drivers in action.

Following a thick fog which delayed the start of testing, Alonso finally took to the track around noon and began checking systems in the new car.

The Spaniard covered a total of 39 laps and finished with a best time of 1:13.027. Hulkenberg, meanwhile, drove the new Williams FW30, also unveiled today at Valencia.

The German’s day, however, was cut short after he went off track, damaging the car’s floor, which the team needed to repair before Hulkenberg returned to the track. He completed 20 laps and finished over 1.5 seconds off Alonso’s pace.

Testing at Valencia continues tomorrow, when the rest of the teams will begin their winter test programmes.

Today’s times:

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time     Laps
 1.  Alonso        Renault              (B)  1:13.027   39
 2.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Toyota      (B)  1:14.559   20
All Timing Unofficial

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Double world champion Fernando Alonso completed the first laps in Renault’s all-new R28. In Valencia Alonso completed his first laps when the weather cleared up. Under the eyes of many Spanish fans in the grandstand Alonso completed his first laps without any major problems.

Monday’s test session got underway at 09.00 but as Williams test driver Nico Hulkenberg drove towards the end of the pitlane the team and later the track marshals decided it wouldn’t be safe to go out on track. And thus the R28 debut also got delayed. Just after lunch Fernando Alonso steered the team’s 2008 contender on track for its shakedown.

The R28 doesn’t look much different that Renault’s R27. The biggest change there is to see is the car’s new front wing.

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The first laps of the BMW Sauber’s new car went off according to plan. The doors of the pit garage opened at 12.00, and seven minutes later Robert Kubica emerged with the BMW Sauber F1.08 for its first installation lap on the Valencia circuit.
It was the first time that Kubica had been given the honour of taking a Formula One car out on its maiden drive. The Pole enjoyed the task, commenting: “It was a good start. I’ve only driven a few laps so far, but I have the impression that everything is heading in the right direction. The car feels more stable than its predecessor and it builds up more grip. I’m looking forward to the test days to come.”
Team-mate Nick Heidfeld had already taken the car out on a few demonstration laps at BMW Welt, the company’s futuristic-looking delivery centre in Munich.
In Valencia he drove the F1.07 on Tuesday, and Thursday will see him at the wheel of the F1.08. “I really enjoyed driving the old car as well,” said Heidfeld. “During the winter break there were a few weeks when I hadn’t been in the car. The F1.08 is the most beautiful vehicle I have seen in my F1 career. It has a lot of interesting details. I’m really excited about getting inside it on Thursday!”

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