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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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Circuit De Catalunya 

Grand Prix officials have give a stern warning that if Spain does not take action to stop racist attacks on British track ace Lewis Hamilton, it could lose the chance of a hosting a Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in April

Over the weekend a lot of racist abuse was directed at Lewis Hamilton
Several banners and fans were removed from the circuit, and police were called in. It was also reported on Sunday, that some people painted their faces black and were wearing t – shirts with the slogan ” Hamiltons Family ” on the front and “Alonso No 1” on the back.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has condemned the behaviour and threatened Spain with punishment if further racism is reported.
An FIA spokesman said: “FIA are surprised and disappointed at the abuse directed at Lewis Hamilton. An act of this kind is a clear breach of the principles enshrined in the FIA statutes, and any repetition will result in sanctions.”

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The Circuit de Catalunya wishes to explain its position regarding the actions of a minority of spectators on Friday, February 1st during the test session of Formula One teams:

1.- The total number of spectators during the three days of the event was 55,000 fans with a general attitude of respectful and excellent behaviour during the whole session. The Circuit de Catalunya particularly wants to thank the majority of fans for their attitude, and kindly seeks public recognition of this.

2.- We strongly support the FIA’s position with regards to fighting against all racial, political or religious discrimination in motor sport.

3.- The Circuit de Catalunya will not allow even the smallest incident to repeat itself within its facilities, and new measures are currently being taken into consideration in addition to those implemented during the latest sessions. These measures have been studied with the support of the Catalan Police and the Circuit’s security services, and they will be reinforced in the upcoming tests sessions and at the Gran Premio de España Telefónica de Formula One.

4.- That the Gran Premio de España Telefónica de Formula One represents the image of a country in the world and the Circuit de Catalunya will not accept any abuse of this image through racist attitudes or attacks on sporting competitions. The Circuit requests the Grand Prix to be the genuine meeting point for all the different supporters of drivers and teams in our sport. Especially to represent the welcome and sporting values of our country and our national sponsor.

5.- In case of sanctions, the Circuit de Catalunya may consider the possibility of taking legal actions against those who caused the incidents, regardless of the magnitude.

6.- The Circuit de Catalunya will officially state its position to the FIA, the Real Federación Española de Automovilismo (Spanish Motorsports Federation) and the rest of circuits in Spain, with special interest for those who also host Formula One tests.

http://www.circuitcat.com

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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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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has apparantly suffered some racist abuse from Spanish fans during testing in Barcelona.
Spanish media said the McLaren driver was booed and insulted whenever he made his way from the team motorhome and into the pit area on Saturday.
Shouts of “puto negro” (bloody/f**ing black) and “negro de mierda” (black s***) were clearly heard
“It is not right the way he is being treated,” McLaren test team manager Indy Lull was quoted as saying.
The Barcelona circuit director then asked for fences to be put up around the McLaren paddock and immediatley ordered the removal of banners that had been put up in the grandstand opposite
“We would like to make a plea to the fans to behave correctly, no type of offensive behaviour can be tolerated,” circuit director Ramon Pradera said

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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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