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The FIA have announced plans to launch a new feeder series for Formula One, expected to appear on the calendar from 2009. At a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris today, the FIA revealed plans for a “Formula Two”, “an inexpensive platform to develop emerging driver talent for Formula One”.
The designation “Formula Two” was last used in 1984, before the series was renamed Formula 3000, before itself being relaunched as GP2 in 2005. While GP2 is currently the primary feeder series for Formula One, with such names as Hamilton, Kovalainen, Piquet and Rosberg all having graduated in the past three years, Formula Two would undoubtedly emerge as a competitor to GP2.
In its press release, the FIA said that it was inviting tenders for the new series, for a 2009 launch. The FIA hopes for a budget of €200,000 per car per season to be sufficient, a figure which is lower than the budget needed for GP2, although no specifications about the series have been announced.
Such is the success of GP2 to produce high-quality drivers and hone their skills, that many observers will wonder about the necessity to launch a new series. With the power struggle currently ongoing between the FIA and Commercial rights holders of Formula One, who incidentally also own GP2, it’s likely that the news of the new series will begin a new chapter in the battle for supremacy in F1.

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Kimi Raikkonen has snatched pole position from team mate Massa

Raikkonen helped Ferrari claim their 200th pole position

Hamilton managed 3rd spot, but due to his 10 place grid penalty, will now start from 13th

Kovalainen finished 5th, but was given a 5 place grid penalty for blocking Mark Webber

Below is the revised grid for tomorrows French Grand Prix following Kovalainen’s penalty

  1. Kimi Raikkonen   Ferrari
  2. Felipe Massa   Ferrari
  3. Fernando Alonso   Renault
  4. Jarno Trulli   Toyota
  5. Robert Kubica   BMW Sauber
  6. Mark Webber  RedBull – Renault
  7. David Coulthard   RedBull – Renault
  8. Timo Glock   Toyota
  9. Nelson Piquet   Renault
 10. Heikki Kovalainen   McLaren
 11. Nick Heidfeld    BMW Sauber
 12. Sebastian Vettel   Toro Rosso – Ferrari
 13. Lewis Hamilton   McLaren
 14. Sebastien Bourdais   Toro Rosso – Ferrari
 15. Kazuki Nakajima   Williams – Toyota
 16. Jenson Button  Honda
 17. Rubens Barrichello   Honda
 18. Giancarlo Fisichella  Force India – Ferrari
 19. Adrian Sutil   Force India – Ferrari
 20. Nico Rosberg   Williams – Toyota

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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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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

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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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Felipe Massa secured pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix when he outpaced his Ferrari teammate and defending champion Kimi Raikkonen in the final seconds.

Raikkonen ended up second ahead of Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren teammate, Heikki Kovalainen, who was fourth.

They will share the second row of the grid after failing to build on their speed earlier in the weekend.

It was Massa’s 12th career pole position and Ferrari’s first pole in Monaco since 2000. Poland’s Robert Kubica was fifth for BMW ahead of German Nico Rosberg in a Williams. Twice champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso in a Renault was seventh and Italian Jarno Trulli eighth for Toyota.

That left the two Red Bulls of Australian Mark Webber and David Coulthard in ninth and 10th places. Coulthard had a huge accident but escaped unhurt at the end of the second mini-session.

German Adrian Sutil in a Force India was 19th and his teammate Italian Giancarlo Fisichella was 20th, an outcome that meant they fill the back row of the grid.

Monaco Grid

 

1.  MASSA          Ferrari
2.  RAIKKONEN      Ferrari

3.  HAMILTON       McLaren

4.  KOVALAINEN     McLaren

5.  KUBICA         BMW

6.  ROSBERG        Williams

7.  ALONSO         Renault

8.  TRULLI         Toyota

9.  WEBBER         Red Bull

10. COULTHARD      Red Bull

11. GLOCK          Toyota

12. BUTTON         Honda

13. HEIDFELD       BMW

14. NAKAJIMA       Williams

15. BARRICHELLO    Honda

16. BOURDAIS       Toro Rosso

17. PIQUET         Renault

18. SUTIL          Force India

19. FISICHELLA     Force India

20. VETTEL         Toro Rosso*

 

* Penalised For Changing Gearbox

 

 

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Felipe Massa has won his 3rd consecutive win.

Massa was hunted down by Lewis Hamilton who finished 2nd. Raikkone was also closing in on Hamilton in the final stages, and managed to finish 3rd.

Alonso managed to get ahead of Webber at the start to finish 6th, another good show for the Renault team. The 2 BMW Saubers had a quiet afternoon, with Kubica finishing 4th ahead of team mate Heidfeld in 5th.

Turkish GP Result – 58 Laps

1.  MASSA        Ferrari       
2.  HAMILTON     McLaren       +3.7s
3.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari       +4.2s
4.  KUBICA       BMW           +21.6s
5.  HEIDFELD     BMW           +38.7s
6.  ALONSO       Renault       +53.7s
7.  WEBBER       Red Bull      +64.2s
8.  ROSBERG      Williams      +71.4s
9.  COULTHARD    Red Bull      +75.2s
10. TRULLI       Toyota        +76.3s
11. BUTTON       Honda         +1 lap
12. KOVALAINEN   McLaren       +1 lap
13. GLOCK        Toyota        +1 lap
14. BARRICHELLO  Honda         +1 lap
15. PIQUET       Renault       +1 lap
16. SUTIL        Force India   +1 lap
17. VETTEL       Toro Rosso    +1 lap
R.  BOURDAIS     Toro Rosso    +34 laps
R.  NAKAJIMA     Williams      +57 laps
R.  FISICHELLA   Force India   +58 laps

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