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Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has finished fastest at the end of the day. there have been quite a few dramas on track today.

There was a spin caused by Lewis Hamilton, and a spin caused by Nelson Piquet Jnr.

Sebastian Bourdais caused 2 incidents aswell, and Giancarlo Fisichella’s force india car stopped on track, just before the end of the day.

Jenson Button still finished a low 16th, and didn’t improve much on his morning time.  It seems the RA108 is still not performing well.

Testing has now finished for this week at Valencia

The next F1 test sessions are as follows :

1st Feb – 3rd Feb: Barcelona
4th Feb – 6th Feb: Bahrain
9th Feb – 11th Feb: Bahrain
12th Feb – 14th Feb: Jerez
19th Feb – 21st Feb: Barcelona
25th Feb – 27th Feb: Barcelona

Final Times For Valencia Test :

Pos Driver Team Car Time Difference  Laps
1. K. Räikkönen Ferrari F2008 1:11.189   88
2. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-23 1:11.206 +0.017 89
3. F. Massa Ferrari F2008 1:11.831 +0.642 96
4. K. Nakajima Williams FW30 1:11.971 +0.782 107
5. L. Hamilton McLaren MP4-23 1:11.994 +0.805 84
6. R. Kubica BMW Sauber F1.08 1:12.095 +0.906 78
7. J. Trulli Toyota TF108 1:12.109 +0.920 95
8. S. Vettel Toro Rosso STR2 1:12.526 +1.337 105
9. N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber F1.07B 1:12.600 +1.411 39
10. T. Glock Toyota TF108 1:12.705 +1.516 62
11. G. Fisichella Force India F8-VII 1:12.949 +1.760 93
12. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R28 1:12.973 +1.784 89
13. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso STR2 1:13.060 +1.871 91
14. M. Webber Red Bull RB4 1:13.133 +1.944 15
15. N. Hülkenberg Williams FW29B 1:13.306 +2.117 74
16. J. Button Honda RA108 1:13.689 +2.500 76
17. T. Kogure Honda RA107 1:15.703 +4.514 25
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Jenson Button 

Jenson took his first drive of the new Honda RA108, this morning at the Valencia test.

Its not looking too good for Jenson at the moment. In the morning test session, he was only 16th fastest,  so far he has done 30 laps and is the same position as Barrichello at the end of Wednesday’s test day

Jenson’s  best time in the morning session was 1:13.993, but Kimi was fastest with a tiime of 1:11.189.  Kimi was 2.8 seconds faster than Jenson at the lunch break

Jenson still didn’t improve on his morning position. He still finished 16th at the end of the day, only improving his time by 0.30 seconds from his morning time.

Looks like Honda still have some work to do, to improve the car.

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Mark Webber 

Mark Webber gopt behind the wheel of the new Red Bull RB4 today.

David Coulthard has already driven the new car last week in Jerez, and again yesterday on day 1 of this weeks test.

“I’m happy with the new car,” said Mark Webber at the end of the session. “Today has been encouraging and, so far, it seems to be a big step forward from last year in terms of reliability and speed, which is great. Now we need to work with what we’ve got and get it as fast as possible before Melbourne. We’ve got a big four weeks coming up.”

Webber continues driving tomorrow for the last day of this test.

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Flavio Braitore And Fernando Alonso

Flavio Briatore today said he will stop being Renault’s F1 boss when Fernando Alonso also leaves the team.
Flavio’s renault contract runs out at the end of 2008, and he revealed he would like to take a rest from F1 after 20 years in formula one.
If reports are to be believed, Alonso has signed a 2 year contract, but may have a get out clause attached to his new contract
Flavio said “I’ve brought a lot to F1 and received a lot in return and I think when I end this adventure with Renault, with Fernando Alonso, I’ll take a rest,”
He made an usual appearance at todays Valencia test.

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Rubens Barrichello 

Rubens Barrichello drove the new 2008 Honda RA108 in testing at Valencia this morning, bearing its plain white interim livery
The RA108 left the garage in plain white with no sponsorship details
The new car features a much higher nose , different air intakes and a very heavily revised rear end.

Honda will run the car in Spain for the rest of this week, before its official launch at Brackley next week

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Heidfeld With New Nose Design

Kubica With New Nose Design

 BMW Sauber showed off a new front nose design while testing at the Valencia circuit on Tuesday.
The new design features wing looking flaps that are joined to the upper nose cone of the F1.08

The same design is also being used today on the F1.08 driven by Robert Kubica

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Fans At The Valencia Test

A record 35,000 spectators turned up today to watch the Formula One test.

Most of them were for Spain’s two-time world champion Fernando Alonso

Managers of the Ricardo Tormo at Cheste, near the eastern city of Valencia, said they had never seen such a crowd for Formula One testing.
“Never in history have there been so many people for Formula One tests,” said circuit manager Julio Garcia, according to the website of the newspaper El Mundo.

It was the second day of tests for the new Renault R28 of Alonso, who won back-to-back world championships with the French team in 2005 and 2006 and came close last year with McLaren.

The tests continue until Thursday with Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, Toyota, Force India, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Honda and Super Aguri all on the track.

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