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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

YOU CAN SEE THE SIGNED CAPS ON MY WEBSITE IN THE SHOP

http://f1bits.webasyst.net/shop/

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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.

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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

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Lewis Hamilton has won the Monaco grand prix.

Hamilton finished just 3 seconds ahead of Robert Kubica with Felipe Massa 3rd
This was Hamilton’s second win of the season and the sixth of his career.
Mark Webber was fourth. Kimi Raikkonen had a race of accidents and incidents and finished ninth, failing to score a point. This left Hamilton on top of the title race again for the first time since the season opening race in Australia. He has 38 points now with Raikkonen on 35 second and Massa third on 34. Hamilton made a great start and found a way past Raikkonen going into the first corner.
The rain caused big problems at the start of the race which involved Hamilton himself smashing into the barriers on lap six at Tabac. His rear right tyre was left hanging as he returned to the pits.
David Coulthard had climbed from 15th to the top ten by now but the rain played havoc with the race for several minutes as Alonso, followed by Coulthard and Sebastian Bourdais crashed off into the barriers at Massenet. Then Raikkonen was given a ‘drive-through’ penalty because Ferrari had failed to fit his car’s tyres properly more than three minutes before the start of the race.
After he had performed his punishment, the running order at the top was Massa followed by Kubica and then Hamilton who had pitted and recovered.
As the track dried out, Hamilton had to decide what tyres to change to, and chose dry ones, and came out with a 30 second lead over 2nd placed Kubica
With 17 laps remaining, Nico Rosberg caused the second Safety Car intervention when he lost control in the swimming pool complex and wrecked his car in a massive accident.
When racing resumed, Hamilton raced clear but on lap 68 Raikkonen made a big mistake and lost control of his car as he came out of the tunnel and ran into the back of Sutil, who was running in an excellent 4th place
Both drivers had to pit for repairs, but Sutil was forced to retire while Raikkonen rejoined in 9th place.

So we now move on to Canada in 2 weeks time, with Hamilton once again leading the world championship by 3 points.

Monaco GP Result – 76 laps

1.  HAMILTON     McLaren       
2.  KUBICA       BMW           +3.0s
3.  MASSA        Ferrari       +4.8s
4.  WEBBER       Red Bull      +19.2s
5.  VETTEL       Toro Rosso    +24.6s
6.  BARRICHELLO  Honda         +28.4s
7.  NAKAJIMA     Williams      +30.1s
8.  KOVALAINEN   McLaren       +33.1s
9.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari       +33.7s
10. ALONSO       Renault       +1 lap
11. BUTTON       Honda         +1 lap
12. GLOCK        Toyota        +1 lap
13. TRULLI       Toyota        +1 lap
14. HEIDFELD     BMW           +4 laps
R.  SUTIL        Force India   +9 laps
R . ROSBERG      Williams      +17 laps
R.  PIQUET       Renault       +29 laps
R.  FISICHELLA   Force India   +40 laps
R.  COULTHARD    Red Bull      +69 laps
R.  BOURDAIS     Toro Rosso    +69 laps

 

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Kimi Raikkonen To Retire?

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has said that rumours about Kimi Raikkonen retiring from formula one with a second consecutive world title are complete rubbish
Raikkonens contract runs out at the end of 2009, and he is undecided about whether he will sign a new one.
His now 9-point lead in the drivers championship has even sparked some rumours that he might try to break his Ferrari contract and walk away from the cockpit as early as after November’s Brazilian grand prix.
“I have heard this rumour and there is not a grain of truth to it,” he angrily told the Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell.
“Kimi is motivated from head to toe and I know that he is not thinking of retiring,” he added.

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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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Malaysia Podium

Reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen was back on form when he won the Malaysian Grand Prix
The one-two finish the team had hoped for was wrecked when Felipe Massa spun off while running second.
It was also Raikkonen’s seventh win for Ferrari and his second win in Malaysia.

Robert Kubica finished second and almost 20 seconds behind Raikkonen
It was Robert Kubica’s best formula 1 career result

Lewis Hamilton, who won in Australia, had a problem with his first pit-stop, when the front right wheel took a while to remove, and for most of the race was stuck behind Webber.
So Hamilton ended up finishing 5th despite a last minute charge for Trulli’s 4th spot

Raikkonen has now cut Hamilton’s lead at the top to just three points

David Coulthard and Jenson Button finished 9th and 10th

 POS DRIVER TEAM RESULT
1. K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:31:18.555
2. R. Kubica BMW Sauber + 19.570
3. H. Kovalainen McLaren + 38.450
4. J. Trulli Toyota + 45.832
5. L. Hamilton McLaren + 46.548
6. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber + 49.833
7. M. Webber Red Bull Racing + 1:08.130
8. F. Alonso Renault + 1:10.041
9. D. Coulthard Red Bull Racing + 1:16.220
10. J. Button Honda + 1:26.214
11. N. Piquet Jr. Renault + 1:32.202
12. G. Fisichella Force India + 1 Lap
13. R. Barrichello Honda + 1 Lap
14. N. Rosberg Williams + 1 Lap
15. A. Davidson Super Aguri F1 + 1 Lap
16. T. Sato Super Aguri F1 + 2 Laps
17. K. Nakajima Williams + 2 Laps
Non Finishers
18. S. Vettel Toro Rosso Unknown
19. F. Massa Ferrari Spin
20. A. Sutil Force India Unknown
21. T. Glock Toyota Collision
22. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso Spin

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