Posts Tagged ‘F1 Testing’



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



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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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Sorry for the lack of updates for the Spanish Grand Prix, as i was in Barcelona for this race.

Well what an eventful race this one was

Kimi Raikkonen extended his Formula One lead to nine points with a dominant win from pole position in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Felipe Massa sealed Ferrari’s second successive one-two finish, and third win in a row.
Lewis Hamilton took third place to revive his title challenge after a disappointing last race in Bahrain.
“When we qualified fifth we knew it would be very difficult to beat the Ferraris,” said Hamilton. “The key was to get a good start and make up as many places as possible.
“We had two bad races and to come back on the podium is fantastic.”

Raikkonen’s 17th grand prix win left the Finn with 29 points, nine clear of closest rival Hamilton, and catapulted Ferrari back in front of BMW Sauber in the constructors’ standings.
“If we wanted, we could have gone a bit faster but there was no point in pushing more than we need to,” said Raikkonen, who still set the fastest lap.

Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who started on the front row for Renault, retired on lap 35 with a blown engine but he had already fallen down the field after being the first driver to refuel.

While Raikkonen had an uneventful afternoon in the sunshine, his fellow countryman Heikki Kovalainen was flown to hospital with concussion after his McLaren plunged across the gravel and into a tyre wall.
Kovalainen had been leading at the time after both Ferraris and Hamilton had made their first pitstops.
“He banged his head in the accident and has concussion. As a precaution he is going to hospital to have more checks,” McLaren chief executive Martin Whitmarsh told reporters outside the circuit’s medical centre.

The safety car was deployed following Kovalainen’s crash, having already been brought out after Sebastian Vettel’s Toro Rosso and Force India’s Adrian Sutil collided on the first lap.
Poland’s Kubica finished fourth, moving him up to third in the championship with 19 points, ahead of Massa on 18, with Australian Mark Webber fifth in a Red Bull.

Britain’s Jenson Button finished sixth for Honda’s first points of the year while Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima was seventh for Williams and Italian Jarno Trulli eighth for Toyota.

 Pos Driver Team Times
1. K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:38:19.051
2. F. Massa Ferrari + 3.228
3. L. Hamilton McLaren + 4.187
4. R. Kubica BMW Sauber + 5.694
5. M. Webber Red Bull Racing + 35.938
6. J. Button Honda + 53.010
7. K. Nakajima Williams + 58.244
8. J. Trulli Toyota + 59.435
9. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber + 1:03.073
10. G. Fisichella Force India + 1 Lap
11. T. Glock Toyota + 1 Lap
12. D. Coulthard Red Bull Racing + 1 Lap
13. T. Sato Super Aguri F1 + 1 Lap
Non Finishers
14. N. Rosberg Williams  
15. F. Alonso Renault  
16. R. Barrichello Honda  
17. H. Kovalainen McLaren  
18. A. Davidson Super Aguri F1  
19. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso  
20. N. Piquet Jr. Renault  
21. A. Sutil Force India  
  22. S. Vettel Toro Rosso  


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Massa has ended up fastest in both practice sessions. The ferrari’s are once again very quick , just like in Malaysia 2 weeks ago.

Hamilton had a very big off into the wall during 2nd Practice.

Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice Session 1 Times :

1.  MASSA         Ferrari     1m32.233s
2.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari     1m32.350s
3.  ROSBERG       Williams    1m32.415s
4.  HAMILTON      McLaren     1m32.705s
5.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren     1m32.868s
6.  NAKAJIMA      Williams    1m33.121s
7.  KUBICA        BMW         1m33.333s
8.  TRULLI        Toyota      1m33.539s
9.  COULTHARD     Red Bull    1m33.788s
10. ALONSO        Renault     1m33.815s
11. GLOCK         Toyota      1m33.929s
12. WEBBER        Red Bull    1m33.950s
13. PIQUET        Renault     1m33.981s
14. HEIDFELD      BMW         1m34.106s
15. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso  1m34.235s
16. VETTEL        Toro Rosso  1m34.321s
17. FISICHELLA    Force India 1m34.892s
18. BUTTON        Honda       1m34.915s
19. BARRICHELLO   Honda       1m35.174s
20. SUTIL         Force India 1m35.429s
21. DAVIDSON      Super Aguri 1m36.145s
22. SATO          Super Aguri 1m36.536s

Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice Session 2 Times :

1.  MASSA         Ferrari     1m31.412s
2.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari     1m32.327s
3.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren     1m32.752s
4.  HAMILTON      McLaren     1m32.847s
5.  KUBICA        BMW         1m32.915s
6.  ROSBERG       Williams    1m33.022s
7.  COULTHARD     Red Bull    1m33.048s
8.  NAKAJIMA      Williams    1m33.098s
9.  BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso  1m33.197s
10. PIQUET        Renault     1m33.247s
11. BUTTON        Honda       1m33.710s
12. ALONSO        Renault     1m33.755s
13. WEBBER        Red Bull    1m33.782s
14. TRULLI        Toyota      1m33.822s
15. GLOCK         Toyota      1m33.856s
16. BARRICHELLO   Honda       1m33.966s
17. HEIDFELD      BMW         1m34.023s
18. FISICHELLA    Force India 1m34.388s
19. SUTIL         Force India 1m34.405s
20. VETTEL        Toro Rosso  1m34.787s
21. SATO          Super Aguri 1m35.288s
22. DAVIDSON      Super Aguri 1m35.712s

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McLaren have been moved to the very end of the pitlane ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
As yet , no reason has been given for this quick change
As Mclaren finished last in the 2007 constructors championship due to the espionage situation, it meant they would have to occupy the last garages on the pitlane
But before the season began, Bernie Ecclestone agreed to let Mclaren use the 5th set of garages, as they have a large hospitality headquarters at the grand prix’s.
Organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix revealed on Sunday that Formula One Management has ordered the promoters to arrange for McLaren to be housed next to Force India, the local newspaper Gulf Daily News said.
“Originally it was planned that the team would take its place in the fifth set of garages, as it did for the Malaysian and Australian Grands Prix.”
“We understand that it is in line with the rules and regulations of the sport for McLaren, which scored no points in the 2007 constructors’ championship, to take the final set of garages,” said Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Operating Officer of the BIC.
“However in Bahrain we do our upmost to ensure that fans of each team get to sit opposite their favourite team’s pit garages to see the action unfold. Sadly on this occasion we must apologise to McLaren fans and accept that this is force majeure,” he added.

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A new rule is being imposed for the qualifying session in Bahrain next weekend.
F1’s governing body said the change was necessary after slow-moving cars that were saving fuel got in the way of runners on their final flying laps at the end of Q3 in Malaysia.

“Our clarification to the teams and drivers will be that cars returning to the pits having completed their flying lap or laps will be required to do so within a time that we will set,” an FIA spokesman confirmed.
“This could be approximately 120 percent of the normal time as we do to prevent drivers going very slowly to the grid to save fuel,” he added.

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has decided to have a short break in Thailand, on the island of Koh Samui, before the next race in Bahrain
Lewis has gone with F1 mate Adrian Sutil, and his trainer Adam Costanzo
He said after the race “Last year Ferrari were on top in Australia and we struck back in Malaysia, this time it was the other way around, but Bahrain will see us improve again.
Reliability was fantastic. We can improve in certain areas, but we are still going there leading the championship.
I wasn’t surprised by the Ferraris as they are going to keep pushing. I’m not down. I’m not as happy as if I’d won the race, but I still feel very, very optimistic.
We are going off for a few days. It’s a chance to recharge, have some good food and do some good training.”

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