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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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The New FW30 

The Williams Toyota FW30, was unveiled today with its new livery for this year’s Formula One Championship.

“With four years of regulation stability, we have a good basis to be progressive about the development of this season’s car,” the team’s Technical Director, Sam Michael, explained
“With a good reliability record last year, we have been able to build on this quality while also turning some of our attention to clear performance objectives.”
“Our focus has been on performance as well as refining our packaging and weight distribution. 
 We are designing a tidier car with a higher standard of build quality.
The FW30 should represent a good step forward when all of the many small areas of attention and improvement are brought together in the overall package,” added Michael.

With good times in winter testing, it looks like podium finishes may happen this season

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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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The Williams team’s 2008 season race car, the Williams Toyota FW30, took to the track at the Valencia circuit in Southern Spain this morning for a shakedown prior to starting its winter testing tomorrow.

The team’s newly recruited test driver, Nico Hulkenberg, is taking on the responsibility of shaking down the new race car before regular race driver, Nico Rosberg and his team-mate, Kazuki Nakajima, share first assessments of the car from tomorrow onwards.

For its roll-out, the FW30 is liveried in the second of a campaign series of six designs celebrating Williams’ thirty years in Formula One. Reflecting the collegiate nature of Formula One, which requires a wide variety of technical and financial contributors, a committed and skilled workforce and the essential support of the viewing public, this week’s design communicates Williams’ thanks to its staff and its fans.

Every name of the current 519-member Williams workforce will be carried on the FW30-01 this week, and the company also thanks the 85 brands whose sponsorship identities have graced Williams race car liveries since January 15, 1978, when the Williams FW06 took to the track for the Argentine Grand Prix in the hands of Alan Jones. These sponsorship revenues have supported Williams’ purity of purpose as an independent racing organisation and the company is indebted to these commercial partners, past and present. The livery also reflects the team’s wish to thank the public at large for three decades of support and goodwill which has seen Williams develop a pre-eminent international sporting reputation.

The FW30 will be tested by Nico Rosberg on Tuesday and Wednesday with Kazuki Nakajima taking the wheel for the last day of the test. Next week, for the first test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the team will unveil the next in a series of livery messages prior to the team’s 2008 season racing colours being revealed for the Australian Grand Prix on March 16.

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The first laps of the BMW Sauber’s new car went off according to plan. The doors of the pit garage opened at 12.00, and seven minutes later Robert Kubica emerged with the BMW Sauber F1.08 for its first installation lap on the Valencia circuit.
It was the first time that Kubica had been given the honour of taking a Formula One car out on its maiden drive. The Pole enjoyed the task, commenting: “It was a good start. I’ve only driven a few laps so far, but I have the impression that everything is heading in the right direction. The car feels more stable than its predecessor and it builds up more grip. I’m looking forward to the test days to come.”
Team-mate Nick Heidfeld had already taken the car out on a few demonstration laps at BMW Welt, the company’s futuristic-looking delivery centre in Munich.
In Valencia he drove the F1.07 on Tuesday, and Thursday will see him at the wheel of the F1.08. “I really enjoyed driving the old car as well,” said Heidfeld. “During the winter break there were a few weeks when I hadn’t been in the car. The F1.08 is the most beautiful vehicle I have seen in my F1 career. It has a lot of interesting details. I’m really excited about getting inside it on Thursday!”

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Below are the proposed launch dates when the F1 teams will unveil their new 2009 cars

15TH JANUARY – FERRARI ( F2009 )
15TH JANUARY – TOYOTA ( TF109 )
16TH JANUARY – MCLAREN ( MP4/24 )
19TH JANUARY – RENAULT ( R29 )
19TH JANUARY – WILLIAMS ( FW31 )
20TH JANUARY – BMW SAUBER ( F1.09 )
TBA – RED BULL ( RB5 )
TBA – TORO ROSSO ( STR4 )
TBA – FORCE INDIA ( VJM-02 )

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