30 September


SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX TECHNICAL DEBRIEF WITH MARTIN WHITMARSH


Despite the lengthy preparations beforehand, were there any aspects of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend that caught the team unwawares?
"The bumps were a factor that caught everybody by surprise. Before we arrived in Singapore for the race weekend, we sent people there to do an accurate survey of the track surface for use in our pre-race engineering work. Inevitably, with a new circuit, the track surface evolves and the asphalt settles - a factor that we either didn’t measure or that developed after we'd done our survey. So that was the most unexpected element of the weekend.

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29 September


Domenicali: "...We win together, we lose together"


Maranello, 29th September 2008 - Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has set the bar high for his drivers in the final races in the 2008 World Championship after the team failed to score points in the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.
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28 September


Singapore GP - A Pointless Night


Singapore, 28th September - Felipe Massa thirteenth and Kimi Raikkonen retired, because of an accident. For the first time this season, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro failed to score a single point in a Grand Prix. A Safety Car period early on did nothing to help the situation and a mistake at Felipe's pit stop effectively ended any chance he had of a good result having started from pole position. His result was further compromised by a drive through penalty and then a puncture.

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Singapore GP - Race


Singapore, 28 settembre 2008

F. Massa: 13th 1:57.51.474 + 36.170 61 laps chassis 269
K. Raikkonen: 15th 1:50.11.975 DNF 57 laps chassis 271
Weather: air temperature 29/32 °C, track temperature 29/31° C, overcast.

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro leaves Singapore empty handed. After the early part of the race when Felipe Massa maintained his pole position set yesterday and Kimi Raikkonen was closing on the driver ahead of him in the fight for second place, the arrival of the Safety Car on lap 15 called for a double pit stop for both Ferrari men on lap 17. As Felipe was being refueled, the green light came on before refueling had been completed. The driver drove off dragging the fuel line behind him and had to stop at the end of pit lane, thus dropping to the back of the pack. [Read More!]
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2008 Singapore Grand Prix Race Report


28 September 2008 - Today's Singapore Grand Prix, the first night event in the history of Formula One, bore all the hallmarks of a classic race, with close racing, unpredictable incidents and safety cars within seconds of each other. Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella was running as high as third in the early stages of the race, the highest position a Force India car has run this season. The Italian went onto drive a consistent, strong race to finish in 14th position following a long battle with Massa, Raikkonen and Kubica.

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A Little Magic In The Night


28 | 09 | 08
Even before all the post race analyses take place, one thing you can be sure of is we will be getting more of this night racing in the future.

What a spectacle for everyone and great for David to pick up two points for seventh place - and well done to the team for handling that first Safety Car period so well to get both our drivers fuelled and on their way at precisely the right moment.

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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Singapore Grand Prix report


28 Sep. 2008
Fernando Alonso (ING Renault F1 Team) won Formula One’s first-ever night race by using a super soft-soft-soft tyre strategy at the Marina Bat Street Circuit for the inaugural F1 Singapore Grand Prix.

Alonso prevailed in a tension-filled 61-lap race which featured two safety car periods and a number of notable incidents. He started from fifteenth position on the grid, on Bridgestone’s super soft, unlike most of the field, who started on the soft. He was the first driver to pit, shortly before his team-mate Nelson Piquet crashed into the barriers, bringing about the first safety car period, stopping drivers from pitting without penalty until the pits were reopened. Alonso made his second stop on lap 41 and exited still in the lead of the race. A second safety car period was brought about by Adrian Sutil (Force India) hitting the barriers, but Alonso was able to retain his lead on the restart and cross the finish line for his twentieth Grand Prix win.

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Singapore Grand Prix, Sunday

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28/09/2008
The ING Renault F1 Team took its first victory of the season today as Fernando Alonso produced a brilliant tactical drive to win the Singapore Grand Prix, the sport’s first ever night race.

Fernando started the race light on fuel and enjoyed an aggressive opening stint on the soft option tyres, rising to 11th before heading to the pits on lap 12. Nelson meanwhile was running heavy, but lost the car on the exit of turn 17 a couple of laps later, which brought out the safety car.

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2008 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX


Singapore, Sunday 28th September 2008
Lewis Hamilton MP4-23 07
Heikki Kovalainen MP4-23 04

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, the first night race in Formula 1 history, in third place. After 61 eventful laps (309.087km) with two Safety Car periods, Lewis came home 5.9sec behind winner Fernando Alonso (Renault). Heikki Kovalainen ended up 10th. Both drivers were on two-stop strategies; they came in simultaneously during the first Safety Car period on lap 17 with Lewis being stationary for 11.5sec and Heikki for 12.0sec. Heikki made his second stop on lap 34 (8.4sec) and Lewis on lap 42 (7.7sec). After 15 out of 18 races, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has taken the lead in the Constructors' Championship with 135 points ahead of Ferrari with 134 points. Lewis extended his total in the drivers' rankings to 84 points, ahead of Felipe Massa (77 points) who did not score today. Heikki is sixth with 51 points.

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SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – RACE


SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER, 2008
Podium! Nico Rosberg led home a double points score for the AT&T Williams team, in the process claiming a career-best second place in the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. In an incident-filled and physically demanding race, Rosberg overcame the disadvantage of a stop-go penalty with a superlative drive in Formula One’s first night race to score eight points and the team’s best finish since the European Grand Prix in 2005. Teammate Kazuki Nakajima contributed a further point to the tally with a spirited drive to eighth place.

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2008 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - RACE FACTS AND INCIDENTS BULLETIN


Sunday, September 28, 2008
Lap 1: On pole for the fifth time this season – and the 14th in his Formula One career – Felipe Massa makes a clean start to lead Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen into Turn One. Heikki Kovalainen briefly gets ahead of Robert Kubica for fourth but the two touch at Turn Three and the Pole reasserts himself. Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock then pass Kovalainen to take fifth and sixth. Nick Heidfeld runs eighth ahead of Jarno Trulli, Nico Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, David Coulthard, Sébastien Bourdais, Rubens Barrichello, Nelson Piquet, Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella (who starts from the pits following some unscheduled set-up changes). Massa leads by 1.2s.
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More Points For The Night Shift


28 | 09 | 08
Sebastian Vettel: 5th
Sebastien Bourdais: 12th

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SINGAPORE GP: RACE


MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT, 28 SEPTEMBER 2008
The Honda Racing F1 Team’s Jenson Button ended this evening’s thrilling Singapore Grand Prix in ninth position, just missing out on a points finish. His team-mate Rubens Barrichello endured a more frustrating time at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, retiring from the race on lap 15 with an electrical problem.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix - Race


09-28-2008 Press Release
Weather: Dry track. Air: 28-30°C, Track: 31-32°C, Humidity: 66%-79%

Singapore (SG). Instead of the predicted procession on the narrow Singapore Marina Circuit, the huge crowd saw a very exciting first Formula One night race. However, the rewards for the BMW Sauber F1 Team were somewhat poor with only three points for Nick Heidfeld (6th) after Robert Kubica’s very bad luck. The Pole needed to refuel when the pit lane was closed during a safety car period, and after being penalised he finished eleventh.
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Singapore Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Today's Weather: Hot and humid, air temperature 28-30°C, track temperature 30-33°C
Constructors' Championship Points: 46 points (5th)
Drivers' Championship Points: Jarno Trulli 26pts (9th); Timo Glock 20pts (10th)

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GP Singapore - Race Preliminary Classification


after 61 Laps - 308.950 Kms
2008 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - Singapore

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH

1 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:57:16.304 158.068
2 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:57:19.261 +2.957 158.002
3 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:57:22.221 +5.917 157.935
4 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:57:24.459 +8.155 157.885
5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:57:26.572 +10.268 157.838
6 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:57:27.405 +11.101 157.819
7 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:57:32.691 +16.387 157.701
8 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:57:34.793 +18.489 157.654
9 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:57:36.189 +19.885 157.623
10 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:57:43.206 +26.902 157.466
11 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:57:44.279 +27.975 157.442
12 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:57:45.736 +29.432 157.410
13 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:57:51.474 +35.170 157.282
14 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:57:59.875 +43.571 157.095
15 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:50:11.975 DNF +3 LAPS 157.177

NOT CLASSIFIED
J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 50 laps 1:37:01.563 DNF 156.584
A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 49 laps 1:34:44.656 DNF 157.146
M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 29 laps 58:08.063 DNF 151.517
R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 14 laps 26:19.091 DNF 161.411
N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 13 laps 24:26.445 DNF 161.371
FASTEST LAP
K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:45.599 on lap 14 172.740

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Singapore GP - A fantastic first


Singapore, 27th September - Felipe Massa's name appears in first place at the end of the first qualifying session for the first Singapore Grand Prix, the first ever night race in the history of Formula 1, thus ensuring another unique honour for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. The Brazilian put together the perfect lap, setting the fastest times in all three sectors to secure his fourteenth pole position. It was a very impressive performance on a track that he described as being tougher even than that other famous street track, Monaco.
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27 September


Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


27 Sep. 2008
Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) will start from pole position for Formula One’s first night race, the Singapore Grand Prix, after using Bridgestone’s soft compound Potenza tyre to lap the 5.07km Marina Bay Street Circuit over six tenths of a second faster than his nearest rival.

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Singapore GP - Qualifying session


Singapore, 27th September 2008
Qualifying session

F. Massa: 1st 1.44.801 6 laps chassis 269
K. Raikkonen: 3rd 1.45.617 6 laps chassis 271
Weather: air temperature 29 °C, track temperature 32 °C, partially cloudy.

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2008 Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


27 September 2008 - Force India's Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella will start tomorrow's inaugural Singapore Grand Prix from 19th and 20th positions respectively following an exceptionally tough day under the lights of the Marina Bay street circuit.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Singapore GP - Qualifying


09-27-2008 Press Release
Weather: dry track, humid air, 29-31°C Air, 31-32°C Track

Singapore (SG). The BMW Sauber F1 Team achieved good results in qualifying for the first ever night race in the history of Formula One. Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix Robert Kubica qualified fourth in the heat of the night, while Nick Heidfeld was sixth.

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Another strong performance


27 | 09 | 08
The name of the game is scoring points and Sebastian Vettel has given himself a great chance of doing just that in the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix by qualifying on the fourth row in seventh place.

His Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastien Bourdais had a bad afternoon, failing to get out of Q1 and will start from seventeenth place. Our French driver has a black badge on his helmet this weekend out of a mark of respect for Paul Newman, who died this weekend. All four of Sebastien’s titles in the States came at the wheel of cars entered by the Newman-Haas organisation and the two men were firm friends.

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A shot in the dark


27 | 09 | 08
Tomorrow’s 800th Formula 1 Grand Prix will be an historic moment, as the first ever F1 night race gets underway at eight o’clock local time, but starting from 13th and 14th on the grid it might be a big ask for Mark Webber and David Coulthard to turn it into something memorable for Red Bull Racing.

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Singapore Grand Prix, Saturday


27/09/2008
Formula One’s first night qualifying session proved to be a disappointing one for the ING Renault F1 Team as Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet qualified in 15th and 16th places for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix.

As the session started, Fernando initially continued his strong form as he progressed through the first part of qualifying, but a fuel supply problem at the start of Q2 brought a premature end to the Spaniard’s day. He will start the race from 15th spot, a place ahead of Nelson who also had a difficult session on the street course.
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Improved qualifying


MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT, 27 SEPTEMBER 2008
The Honda Racing F1 Team's Jenson Button will line up on the sixth row of the grid for tomorrow’s inaugural Singapore Grand Prix after an improved qualifying performance compared with recent races put him in 12th place. However, there were mixed fortunes for the team as Rubens Barrichello fell foul of traffic on both his runs despite clearly demonstrating the pace for a place in Q2. [Read More!]
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2008 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


Singapore, Saturday 27th September 2008
Lewis Hamilton MP4-23 07
Heikki Kovalainen MP4-23 04

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, the first ever night race in Formula 1 history, from the front row of the grid. In Saturday's exciting qualifying which ended at 23:00h local time, Lewis set a time of 1m45.465 and was second fastest. Heikki will start fifth on the grid with a time of 1m45.873. The team decided to change the engine in Heikki's car after the Italian Grand Prix. He will use the 'joker' engine change as available for all engine manufacturers within the FIA regulations. No grid penalty will be applied.

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Singapore Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Today's Weather: Hot and humid, air temp. 29-30°C, track temp. 30-31°C
Best 2008 grid position: 3rd, Jarno Trulli (Malaysia)
Best 2008 race result: 2nd, Timo Glock (Hungary)

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SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER, 2008
On a highly technical and physically demanding track, the AT&T Williams team scored a season-first by qualifying both cars in the top ten. Having shown strongly since taking to the new Singapore Marina Bay circuit, Nico Rosberg qualified in P9, with his team-mate Kazuki Nakajima making his first career appearance in the final qualifying session. He will start tomorrow night’s race from tenth place.

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GP Singapore - Qualifying Session Classification


2008 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - Singapore

POS NAME NAT TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3
1 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:44.519 1:44.014 1:44.801
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:44.501 1:44.932 1:45.465
3 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:44.282 1:44.232 1:45.617
4 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:44.740 1:44.519 1:45.779
5 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:44.311 1:44.207 1:45.873
6 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:45.548 1:44.520 1:45.964
7 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:45.042 1:44.261 1:46.244
8 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:45.184 1:44.441 1:46.328
9 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:45.103 1:44.429 1:46.611
10 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:45.127 1:44.826 1:47.547
11 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:45.642 1:45.038
12 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:45.660 1:45.133
13 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:45.493 1:45.212
14 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:46.028 1:45.298
15 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:44.971 DNS
16 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:46.037
17 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.389
18 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:46.583
19 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:47.940
20 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team DNF

POLE POSITION LAP
F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:44.801 174.055 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:44.014 175.372 KPH



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GP Singapore - Third Practice Session Classification


2008 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - Singapore

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:44.506 [19] 174.546
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.119 [13] +0.613 173.529
3 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:45.246 [16] +0.740 173.319
4 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:45.249 [18] +0.743 173.314
5 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:45.386 [17] +0.880 173.089
6 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:45.409 [20] +0.903 173.051
7 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:45.425 [17] +0.919 173.025
8 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:45.450 [21] +0.944 172.984
9 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:45.477 [19] +0.971 172.940
10 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:45.599 [18] +1.093 172.740
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:45.689 [19] +1.183 172.593
12 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:45.982 [18] +1.476 172.116
13 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Merc. 1:45.982 [13] +1.476 172.116
14 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:46.073 [21] +1.567 171.968
15 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:46.180 [23] +1.674 171.795
16 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:46.221 [19] +1.715 171.728
17 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:46.482 [10] +1.976 171.307
18 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:46.794 [6] +2.288 170.807
19 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:47.166 [14] +2.660 170.214
20 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:47.727 [19] +3.221 169.328


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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


26 Sep. 2008
Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) set the marker on the opening night of running for the Singtel Singapore Grand Prix by using Bridgestone’s soft compound Potenza tyre to set Friday’s fastest lap time at the 5.07km Marina Bay Street Circuit, as Formula One cars ran at night for the first time at the fifteenth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship.

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Night Games


26 | 09 | 08
Singapore recorded a double first today, staging its first ever F1 Grand Prix practice day and Formula 1’s first ever night race at what is apparently the eight hundredth grand prix in the history of the sport, or at least dating back to the start of the official world championship in 1950.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Singapore GP - Practice


09-26-2008 Press Release
Weather: dry track, humid air, 28°C Air, 27-29°C Track

Singapore (SG). The first ever night practice sessions in Formula One history, that had been anticipated with a lot of excitement, went smoothly for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Neither the lights nor the vision gave cause for any complaints, and the unique atmosphere for a Friday attracted an unusually large crowd for the free practice of the Singapore Grand Prix, which will be the BMW Sauber F1 Team’s 50th GP.
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26 September


2008 Singapore Grand Prix Free Practice Report


26 September 2008 - Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella made history as the first F1 driver to drive the stunning new Marina Bay street circuit in the island nation of Singapore . Taking to the track for the opening practice session - run under the glare of thousands of floodlights lining the sides of the circuit - the Italian also became the first driver to run during the hours of darkness.
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Singapore Grand Prix, Friday


26/09/2008

The ING Renault F1 Team began its preparations for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix today as Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet completed their free practice programmes on the Marina Bay street circuit.

Sunday’s race will be the first Grand Prix to be staged at night and so today’s two free practice sessions were held in the evening to give the drivers their first taste of driving under the artificial lighting.

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SINGAPORE GP: FREE PRACTICE


MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT, 26 SEPTEMBER 2008
Formula One went nocturnal tonight as the Honda Racing F1 Team took to the floodlit streets of Singapore for the opening practice sessions of the Singapore Grand Prix. Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello got their first taste of the new Marina Bay Street Circuit at 1900 local time during the first official night practice in F1 history.
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Singapore GP - Free practice


Singapore, 26th September 2008
Formula 1's double debut, coming to Singapore and racing at night, ended its first day with the two Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro drivers completing a total of over five hundred kilometres: Felipe did 54 laps, and Kimi five fewer. The work schedule, which included finding the best set-up on the F2008 for this track and the usual Friday comparison of the two types of Bridgestone tyre available here, was all completed smoothly.

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2008 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE


Singapore, Friday 26th September 2008
Lewis Hamilton MP4-23 07
Heikki Kovalainen MP4-23 04

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Friday's free practice sessions for the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. In the first ever night session in Formula 1 history, Lewis completed 20 laps and set a time of 1m45.518, which was the fastest time of the day. In the second session, Lewis was second fastest with a 1m45.752 (28 laps). Heikki Kovalainen was fourth fastest in both sessions; he did 20 laps in the first practice with a best time of 1m46.463, followed by 31 laps and a 1m45.797 in the second session.

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SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, 2008
The AT&T Williams team joined the chorus of approval for Formula One’s first night racing experience following three hours of floodlight practice on the city centre street circuit in Singapore tonight. Both Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima have found the on-track conditions intensely physical, but it hasn’t prevented the pair from making a solid start to the weekend’s preparations with both cars in the top ten by the close of play.

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Singapore Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Today's Weather: Hot and dry throughout, air temperature 28-29°C, track temperature 27-30°C
Take Note: To prepare for racing at night, illuminated pit boards and lollipops are being used while, the steering wheel display has been adjusted and the drivers tried out different visors.

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Double First In Singapore


26 | 09 | 08
Singapore recorded a double first today, staging its first ever F1 Grand Prix practice day and Formula 1’s first ever night race at what is apparently the eight hundredth grand prix in the history of the sport, or at least dating back to the start of the official world championship in 1950.

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GP Singapore - Second Practice Session Classification


2008 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - Singapore

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:45.654 [30] 172.650
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.752 [28] +0.098 172.490
3 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:45.793 [31] +0.139 172.423
4 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.797 [31] +0.143 172.416
5 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:46.164 [34] +0.510 171.820
6 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:46.384 [36] +0.730 171.465
7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:46.580 [25] +0.926 171.150
8 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:46.901 [32] +1.247 170.636
9 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:47.013 [32] +1.359 170.457
10 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:47.046 [22] +1.392 170.405
11 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:47.137 [15] +1.483 170.260
12 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:47.145 [35] +1.491 170.247
13 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:47.300 [33] +1.646 170.001
14 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:47.487 [24] +1.833 169.706
15 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:47.640 [31] +1.986 169.464
16 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:47.760 [36] +2.106 169.276
17 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:47.965 [12] +2.311 168.954
18 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:48.009 [25] +2.355 168.885
19 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:48.059 [28] +2.405 168.807
20 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:48.311 [36] +2.657 168.415


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GP Singapore - First Practice Session Classification


2008 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - Singapore

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.518 [20] 172.872
2 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:45.598 [23] +0.080 172.741
3 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:45.961 [24] +0.443 172.150
4 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:46.463 [20] +0.945 171.338
5 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:46.618 [23] +1.100 171.089
6 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:46.710 [25] +1.192 170.941
7 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:46.725 [29] +1.207 170.917
8 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:46.964 [24] +1.446 170.535
9 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:47.175 [30] +1.657 170.200
10 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:47.277 [30] +1.759 170.038
11 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:47.570 [28] +2.052 169.575
12 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:47.662 [23] +2.144 169.430
13 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:47.706 [27] +2.188 169.361
14 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:48.097 [16] +2.579 168.748
15 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:48.517 [23] +2.999 168.095
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:48.725 [19] +3.207 167.773
17 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:48.839 [24] +3.321 167.598
18 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:48.906 [25] +3.388 167.494
19 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:49.064 [29] +3.546 167.252
20 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:53.703 [4] +8.185 160.428

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25 September


Raikkonen: "I like evenings"


Singapore, 25th September - Kimi Raikkonen arrived in Singapore from a trip to the Gulf states for sponsorship duties and as usual, with the most relaxed driver in the sport, the Finn did not seem at all bothered by this race weekend's unusual time table. "For the moment, I haven't changed my sleeping habits at all, so I'll wait and see how that goes. It's a night race, but it's not really in the middle of the night, it is more a case of an evening race, which means I am treating it as a normal weekend. I sleep when I feel like it and wake up when I feel like it."
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Massa: "Walking the track at 3 in the morning!"


Singapore, 25th September - The Singapore night race weekend got underway today and in keeping with the unusual timetable, Felipe Massa had his usual meeting with the media much later than at a "normal" race.
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Klien: Safety concerns regarding Singapore unsubstantiated.


25.09.08
Formula One's forthcoming floodlight debut has caused some within the F1 paddock to express concern over driver safety. Christian Klien, the official BMW Sauber F1 Team test and reserve driver, talks about his night-race experiences and insists that there is no reason for these concerns.

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Rampf: "Traction will represent the top priority."


25.09.08
The 15th race weekend of the 2008 Formula One season is imminent. Willy Rampf, the BMW Sauber F1 Team's Technical Director, talks about the Singapore Grand Prix and the perils of the first night race in the history of the sport.

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Trackside view with Ron Meadows


Delegates from the Formula One teams in July joined the FIA for a visit to Singapore. Sporting Director Ron Meadows gives an account of the trip.
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Lewis and Heikki in the Thursday FIA Press Conference, Singapore


25th September 2008

Q: Give us your first impressions of Singapore and the circuit. Is this an overtaking circuit, Lewis?
Lewis HAMILTON: My guess is as good as yours. It is very wide, so I am sure there is a bit more room to do so but whether or not you can close enough to people, we will find out.

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A Fuss About Nothing


25 | 09 | 08
Here we are in the Singapore paddock, having arrived around three in the afternoon and the Toro Rosso boys and girls are tucking into lunch at 6.30 in the evening local time.

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Conference Call


25 | 09 | 08
David Coulthard and Mark Webber were both in the official FIA press conference in Singapore this afternoon. Here’s what they had to say:

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All Set For Singapore: The Team


25 | 09 | 08
When the Singapore Grand Prix was announced it meant a whole new set of hurdles for everyone in the team to jump: from the catering staff to the drivers, everyone had to adjust to a night-shift at a street circuit. Red Bull Racing’s team manager Jonathan Wheatley explains how the team approached working from lunchtime to midnight in the humidity of the Asian republic.
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24 September


Singapore: Track analysis with Pat Symonds


24/09/2008
The Singapore street circuit will be a maximum downforce track with a low average speed of just under 170 km/h and most corners taken in second gear.

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Singapore: Over at Red Bull Racing


24/09/2008
Fabrice Lom, the man who looks after Renault’s V8s at Red Bull Racing, looks ahead to Singapore.

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Raikkonen: "Victory is the only objective"


Singapore, 24th September - The most important thing is to win again. The situation in the Championship is what it is and it doesn't depend anymore only on my results, but of my competitors' results. In theory it's not over yet, but I don't have it under control anymore. Last year, in the second part of the season, we had a great set up for the car and I was able to win many races. It was much more difficult this year. Especially as far as the tyre temperature is concerned. When the temperature is right, the car is very competitive. We'll give it our best at Singapore, so that we can fight for the win, which still remains the main objective. We have to give it all in these four races and then we'll see what's going to happen. I've said it many times: victory is the only objective, the essence of motor racing. I'm not just here for driving, but I want to win.
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Singapore GP: a new circuit and a night race


Singapore, 24th September 2008 - The last leg of the season gets underway with a trip to Singapore for a doubly new experience: a new circuit and a night race. Last week, both Scudera Ferrari Marlboro drivers went to the Fiat Research Centre in Turin to experience the new Singapore circuit on the simulator. However, whereas for Valencia, the other new venue on this year's calendar, there was some reference points, as other race series had run prior to the Grand Prix, in the case of Singapore there is only theoretical data to work with.
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Electronic flags for increased safety


24.09.08
In the first night race in the history of Formula One, the Singapore Grand Prix, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica will witness another innovation. Unlike other races, there won't be marshals responsible for the flag signals but an electronic system. This measure is supposed to increase the visibility of the flags under the floodlights.

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Kubica expects trouble-free race in Singapore.


23.09.08
This weekend, Formula One is celebrating a premiere: the first night race in the history of the pinnacle of motor racing. BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Robert Kubica looks ahead to the Singapore Grand Prix as he talks about the race held at the "Marina Bay Circuit".

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Heidfeld: Looking forward to Singapore


23.09.08
The BMW Sauber F1 Team is preparing to contest the first night race in the history of Formula One, the Singapore Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld describes his expectations regarding the 15th round of the season and admits to looking forward to the extraordinary event.

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Singapore: Tech File


23/09/2008

The 5.1 km Singapore street circuit looks like being one of the slowest of the season, with teams likely to run with high downforce and projected lap times in the 1m45s region.

As a step into the unknown, the team has been running computer simulations to get a rough idea of the ideal set-up required. In reality, though, it won’t be until the cars take to the track on Friday morning that the team will get a proper understanding of the demands of the track.

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23 September


International Court of Appeal - Decision


23/09/2008
At the Grand Prix of Belgium, run on 7 September 2008, and counting towards the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, the Stewards of the meeting imposed a drive-through penalty upon the driver of car No. 22, Lewis Hamilton, for a breach of Article 30.3 (a) of the 2008 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Appendix L, Chapter 4, Article 2 (g) of the International Sporting Code.

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VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES STATEMENT


Tuesday 23rd September, 2008: The FIA International Court of Appeal has announced today that it has found Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' appeal in respect of the penalty awarded to Lewis Hamilton after the Belgian Grand Prix on September 7th to be inadmissible.

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Singapore weather forecast


Ross Brawn believes the challenging weather of Singapore will lead to exciting weekend of on-track action.
Thunderstorms predicted in Singapore on Wednesday and Thursday have many commentators excited about the prospect of a wet race under the street circuit’s spotlights, and the Honda Racing F1 Team is relishing the challenge that rain, along with the normally humid conditions, would present.
“The weather will be a key factor in the weekend,” confirms Ross Brawn. “It will be hot, wet and very humid and local statistics tell us that there is a 50% chance of rain on any given day in September. These are difficult conditions to work in for both the team and the drivers; however it could lead to some very exciting on-track moments on a circuit which is lined with barriers.”
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Singapore: a unique challenge


Round fifteen of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship takes the Honda Racing F1 Team to south-east Asia for the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix.
The 61-lap race will take place on a 5.067km (3.149-mile) street circuit around the city-state’s picturesque Marina Bay. For the first time in Formula One history, the race will be staged at night, providing the race organisers and teams with a unique challenge. The track and pitlane will be lit by 1,500 light projectors with 2,000-watt halide lights, which will be spaced four metres apart and situated 10 metres above the ground. They will generate a luminosity of 3,000 lux, which is four times brighter than a sports stadium.
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Pat Symonds: “We know we are going to have a tough fight on our hands until the end of the season”


23/09/2008
The Executive Director of Engineering reflects on a productive couple of races and gives his thoughts on the Singapore night race.

Pat, another fourth place for the team in Monza. You must be happy with this result after such an unpredictable weekend...
We hadn’t had a great test at Monza so we didn’t think it was going to be a great circuit for us and we arrived there knowing that we still had a lot of set-up work to do. Therefore, the poor weather was a mixed blessing because although we couldn’t continue exploring alternative set-up options, it probably equalised things a little bit and allowed us to punch above our weight. Overall, I was extremely happy with the result and having halved the gap to Toyota in Spa, we are now on equal terms, which is our main objective at the moment.

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22 September


SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


22nd SEPTEMBER 2008

Formula One travels east this week for the first of three races to be held in Asia before the season finale in Brazil in just over a month’s time. The eagerly anticipated Singapore Grand Prix is the second of two new tracks to make their debut on the calendar this year and takes the tally of Formula One street circuits to four.

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Singapore Grand Prix Preview 26 - 28 September 2008


22 September 2008 - The Force India Formula One Team now heads to the Far East for the final leg of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship. The first of the trio of Asian races will be a new venture for F1 - the Singapore Grand Prix, the inaugural race on the tiny island nation, and the first ever night race.
The event will be held in the city's marina area on a 5.067km temporary street circuit that runs down Raffles Boulevard and over the mouth of the Singapore river past City Hall into Raffles Avenue, home to luxury hotels and imposing skyscrapers. The race will start at 20:00hrs on Sunday, well after sunset, and will be run entirely under heavy-duty football pitch-style floodlights. Practice and qualifying will also be run under the lights, the first time F1 cars have run during the hours of darkness.

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PREVIEW Singapore, 26-28 September 2008


Round fifteen of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship takes the Honda Racing F1 Team to south-east Asia for the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. The 61-lap race will take place on a 5.067km (3.149-mile) street circuit around the city-state’s picturesque Marina Bay. For the first time in Formula One history, the race will be staged at night.
The 20:00 (12:00 GMT) start time will provide the race organisers and teams with a unique challenge. The track and pitlane will be lit by 1,500 light projectors with 2,000-watt halide lights, which will be spaced four metres apart and situated 10 metres above the ground. They will generate a luminosity of 3,000 lux, which is four times brighter than a sports stadium.
Singapore is the fifth and final street circuit on this year’s calendar and while the venue is new to the FIA Formula One World Championship, this region of Asia isn’t new to motorsport. In the 1960s and early 1970s a Formula Libre event was staged at Singapore’s Thomson Road circuit and, more recently, motorsport fans have been able to enjoy Formula One at Sepang, home of the Malaysian Grand Prix, 300 kilometres (185 miles) to the north.

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Fernando Alonso: “Singapore is an interesting challenge for all the teams”


22/09/2008
The double world champion talks about his strong performance in the Italian Grand Prix and what he expects from Singapore.

Fernando, in Monza you finished fourth once again and scored five important points for the team’s battle in the constructors’ championship. Were you happy with that?
Yes, it was a great race in difficult conditions and we managed to pull off a surprise. It was far from expected because we knew that Monza would be the most difficult race of the year for us. We came away with five points and closed the gap on Toyota so it’s a positive result. It’s a little frustrating to just miss out on a podium once again, but we still have four races left to go.

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Nelson Piquet: “I’m eager to see what Singapore is like in race configuration”


22/09/2008
The young Brazilian reflects on Monza and talks about this weekend's race in Singapore.

Nelson, you had a great fight through the pack in Monza, but finished outside the points. What do you take from this race, which was difficult for all the drivers?
I made good progress in the race and I had good pace, especially considering the fuel load that I started the race with, and so I’m happy about that. But I finished outside the points, which is disappointing especially when the battle for fourth place in the constructors’ championship is so close. Once again, my race was decided after qualifying and I’m determined to improve on that this weekend in Singapore.

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Singapore Grand Prix - Preview


Monday 22 September 2008
THE DARK KNIGHTS
Panasonic Toyota Racing goes back to its roots this weekend with Formula 1's first-ever night race, on the streets of Singapore. Prior to competing in Formula 1, Toyota took on the challenge of the Le Mans 24 Hours, so plenty of team members are already experienced in the demands of night racing. Using that knowledge the team has prepared a special pit board which will be visible at night while other measures have been taken, such as adjusting the display on the drivers' steering wheel and providing additional lighting in the garage. The inaugural Singapore Grand Prix will be held on the 5.067km Marina Bay circuit, which includes a stretch over the famous Anderson Bridge and a tunnel underneath a grandstand. To prepare for the twin challenge of a new circuit and a night race, the team sent engineering and logistics staff to study the situation firsthand in July, while computer models have been used to predict the likely set-up requirements. A high downforce configuration is expected, so the TF108 will revert to a different specification compared to the low-downforce package used in Monza.

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20 September


Massa at the Mugello circuit


Maranello, 19th September
Circuit: Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello - 5.245 km
Driver: Felipe Massa
Car: F2008
Weather: air temperature 14/17 °C, track temperature 15/19 °C. Rain then cloudy.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Singapore Grand Prix - Preview


09-19-2008 Press Release
Munich/Hinwil, 19th September 2008. Sunset in Singapore on the weekend of 26th – 28th September will set the scene for a captivating event: the first ever night race in the history of Formula One. The five-kilometre-plus circuit through the streets of the Asian port city will be illuminated by floodlights for the 15th race of the 2008 World Championship season.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Test in Jerez - Day four


09-19-2008 Press Release
Test in Jerez.
September 16th – 19th 2008
Day four – Friday
Weather conditions: Sunny all day.
Temperatures: Air: 20 – 33 °C, Track: 21 – 44 °C
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Jerez Test, Day Three


19 | 09 | 08
Driver: Sebastien Buemi
Car: RB4 – 02
Time: 1:20.005
Laps: 84
Fastest Lap: P. De la Rosa: 1:18.992
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Jerez Test - Day 3


19 | 09 | 08
Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera – 4.423 kms
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Chassis STR3-02
Best time: 1:19.470
93 laps

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19 September


Jerez Testing, Day 3, 19/09/2008


19/09/2008
The ING Renault F1 Team completes its final test of the season

Lucas Di Grassi, R28-04, 102 laps, 452 km, fastest lap 1:19.280

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Jerez test report, day four


Alex Wurz concluded the final test of the 2008 season for the Honda Racing F1 Team in Jerez today.
Date: Friday 19 September 2008
Track: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Driver: Alex Wurz
No of Laps: 51 laps
Best Lap Time: 01:22.658
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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Test Report - Jerez Day Three


Date Friday, 19th September 2008
Driver Pedro de la Rosa
Location Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain
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Jerez Test Day 3


Friday September 19, 2008

Location: Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Driver: Timo Glock
Track Length: 4.423km

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2008 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Formula 1 continues to break boundaries as it travels to the Republic of Singapore for Asia’s first street race and the first night race in the history of the sport.

The anti-clockwise, 5.067km track will wind through the heart of one of the world’s most striking and energetic cities. The drivers will race on public roads past landmarks such as the historic Anderson Bridge, St Andrews Road and Raffles Boulevard.

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NIGHT MOVES: Racing After Dark in Singapore


Friday 19 September 2008

Panasonic Toyota Racing takes a step into the unknown this weekend with the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. Not only is this the first time the city state has hosted the Formula 1 World Championship, it is also the first time a Grand Prix has been held at night.

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18 September


Raikkonen at Mugello circuit


Maranello, 18th September
Circuit: Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello - 5.245 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: F2008
Weather: air temperature 13/24 °C, track temperature 18/31 °C. Sunny with clouds.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Test in Jerez - Day three


09-18-2008 Press Release
Test in Jerez.
September 16th – 19th 2008
Day three – Thursday
Weather conditions: Some sun early in the morning, overcast for the rest of the morning,
rain in the afternoon.

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Jerez test report, day three


Alex Wurz completes day three of testing in Jerez
Date:Thursday 18 September
Track: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Driver: Alex Wurz
No of Laps: 79 laps
Best Lap Time: 01:19.499
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Jerez Testing, Day 2


18/09/2008
The ING Renault F1 Team continues testing in Jerez Lucas Di Grassi, R28-04, 36 laps, 159 km, fastest lap 1:18.999

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Jerez Test, Day Two


18 | 09 | 08
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB4-02
Time: 1:18.001, Laps: 37
Fastest Lap: See above!
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Jerez Test - Day 2


18 | 09 | 08
Driver:Takuma Sato
Chassis STR3-02
Best time: 1:19.574
49 laps
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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Test Report - Jerez Day Two


Date Thursday, 18th September 2008
Driver Pedro de la Rosa
Location Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain
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Jerez Test Day 2


Thursday September 18, 2008

Location: Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Driver: Kamui Kobayashi
Track Length: 4.423km
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17 September


BMW Sauber F1 Team - Test in Jerez - Day two


17.09.2008
Test in Jerez. September 16th – 19th 2008
Day two – Wednesday
Weather conditions: Sunny all day.
Temperatures: Air: 18 – 26 °C, Track: 20 – 38 °C
Number of drivers participating: 8 of 8 teams
Fastest lap overall: Christian Klien (BMW Sauber F1 Team) 1:19.357 min

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Jerez test report, day two


Alex Wurz begins RA108 evaluation at Jerez.
Date: Wednesday 17 September
Track: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Driver: Alex Wurz
No of Laps: 71 laps
Best Lap Time: 01:21.123
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Jerez Test – Day 1


17 | 09 | 08
Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera - 4.423 kms
Driver: Sebastien Buemi
Chassis STR3-02
Best time: 1:20.209, 88 laps

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TEST REPORT - JEREZ - DAY ONE


Date Wednesday 17th September 2008
Driver Gary Paffett
Location Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain
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Bridgestone Motorsport Feature 2 – Round 15, Singapore GP


17 Sep. 2008
The weekend of the Singapore Grand Prix will be an interesting one logistically for Bridgestone Motorsport as at 684 square kilometres (264 square miles) Singapore is the smallest country in South East Asia. It will also be Formula One’s first ever night race taking place on a new 5.067km street circuit in the heart of the country’s cosmopolitan capital city, which will no doubt add further challenges.

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Bridgestone Motorsport Singapore Grand Prix Preview


17 Sep. 2008
Bridgestone Motorsport heads to the new destination of Singapore and sees the first ever Grand Prix at night for the fifteenth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Singtel Singapore Grand Prix.

For the event, Singapore has an all-new 5.067km street course which weaves its way through the Marina Bay area of the sovereign city state. This is the fifth and final time that Formula One takes to a street course this season and Bridgestone’s soft and super soft tyres will be used there.

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Raikkonen: "It's not over yet..."


Maranello, 17th September - This sport can be really hard to digest. You push, you give it all, but it seems as if won't go in the right direction. It's been a long time without a win for me and even the list of races without points is growing. I crossed the line at Monza without gaining any points. Five times no points in the standings are really a lot: you don't have to be Einstein to understand that this is not the right way to fight for the title. It's not over yet, but now it will take a miracle, like one that makes lightning strike twice.

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Testing at Mugello circuit


Maranello, 17th September
Circuit: Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello - 5.245 km
Driver: Luca Badoer
Car: F2008
Weather: air temperature 9/23 °C, track temperature 14/30 °C. Sunny.

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Jerez Test, Day One


17 | 09 | 08
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB4-02
Time: 1:19.878, Laps: 60
Fastest Lap: C. Klien 1:19.537
Circuit length: 4.423km
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Jerez Testing, Day 1


17/09/2008
The ING Renault F1 Team begins its final test of the season

Lucas Di Grassi, R28-04, 90 laps, 399 km, fastest lap 1:20.853

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Jerez Test Day 1


Wednesday September 17, 2008

Location: Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Driver: Kamui Kobayashi
Track Length: 4.423km

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16 September


Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 15, Singapore GP


16 Sep. 2008
Singapore and new tracks…

The 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship heads to Singapore for round fifteen where, for the second time this season, it will encounter an all-new race facility.

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Martin Whitmarsh - Santander Italian Grand Prix Technical Debrief


Lewis described his result in the Santander Italian Grand Prix as ‘damage limitation’ - would you agree?
"Very much so. In conditions such as we saw at Monza last weekend, it can be very difficult to tick every single box and have a trouble-free weekend. Our difficulties started on Saturday afternoon when our weather forecasting predicted the rains were easing, which led us to fit standard wets to Lewis’s car for Q2. Unfortunately, when we quickly aborted this run as the rain intensified, valuable time was lost when Lewis was called into the weigh bridge and we could, thereafter, not generate the necessary tyre temperatures to be completed in that session. Having said that, I think we recovered very well from Saturday, very consciously played the numbers correctly on Sunday, and secured a sizeable haul of constructors’ points."

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Jerez day one report


Young Driver Mike Conway takes to the track in the team’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System development car.
Date: Tuesday 16 September
Track: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Driver: Mike Conway
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14 September


Tricky race at Monza


Jenson Button was the first of the Honda Racing F1 Team’s drivers home in this afternoon’s Italian Grand Prix, when he finished the 53-lap race in 15th position. His team-mate Rubens Barrichello finished in 17th place.

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Toro Rosso Win Italian Grand Prix


14 | 09 | 08
Sebastian Vettel became the youngest ever winner of a Formula One race in Monza this afternoon.

The 21-year-old started behind the Safety Car in the pouring rain from pole position and drove a faultless race to take the victory.

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Vettel Demolishes the Opposition


14 | 09 | 08
Yes, the team did a great job, yes Red Bull Technology provided us with a great car, yes the Ferrari engine is fantastic and yes the team all worked perfectly in difficult circumstances, but this weekend was all about our little record breaker Sebastian Vettel.

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Still A Point To Prove


14 | 09 | 08
A great day for Red Bull and Red Bull Technology, but not so great for Red Bull Racing.

Our sister team has to be congratulated on showing what this year’s chassis can do and let’s not forget we’re getting the rather special Mr. Vettel next year. Their result is a tribute to all those people back in Milton Keynes who contributed to Red Bull’s first ever Grand Prix win.

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2008 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – RACE FACTS AND INCIDENTS BULLETIN


Sunday, September 14, 2008
Pre-race: Felipe Massa underlines how slippery conditions are with a big slide during one of his reconnaissance laps. Jenson Button and Kazuki Nakajima are still in their garages at 13.45 hrs and will start from the pit lane.
Lap 1: Safety Car start. Sebastian Vettel – a first pole position for both the German and Toro Rosso – leads away from Heikki Kovalainen, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Massa, Jarno Trulli, Fernando Alonso, Timo Glock, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica, Giancarlo Fisichella, David Coulthard, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Rubens Barrichello, Nelson Piquet, Adrian Sutil, Button and Nakajima. Sébastien Bourdais, fourth in qualifying, stalls on the grid. He starts one lap behind.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Italian Grand Prix report


14 Sep. 2008
Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Toro Rosso) has won the fourteenth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship from pole position after using Bridgestone’s extreme wet and wet tyres to become the youngest Grand Prix race winner in history in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Vettel started behind the safety car on the extreme wet tyres due to the treacherous conditions and looked dominant for the entire race to score his and Toro Rosso’s first ever race win by 12.5 seconds from Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen. Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber F1 Team) finished third.

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2008 Italian Grand Prix Race Report


14 September 2008 - The Force India Formula One Team has finished a rain-drenched Italian Grand Prix with Adrian Sutil in 19th position. Giancarlo Fisichella started well after the initial safety car period, battling with Raikkonen and Hamilton for 11th position, until a racing incident on lap 11 damaged his front wing. In the damp conditions Giancarlo slid into the gravel trap and into retirement.
The team will now focus its attention on the next event on the calendar, the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix night race, in two weeks' time.

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Italian GP - Not fast enough today


Monza, 14th September 2008 - Felipe Massa started sixth and finished sixth in the Italian Grand Prix, while Kimi Raikkonen ended his day just outside the points in ninth place. The explanation of this less than satisfactory result is that, in certain track conditions and temperatures, the F2008 was simply not quick enough. Some consolation can be taken from the fact that a Ferrari engine powered the winner- Sebastian Vettel for Scuderia Toro Rosso, who led from pole and never relinquished the lead apart from during the run of pit stops. Felipe's main rival for the championship, Lewis Hamilton, crossed the line in his McLaren-Mercedes one place behind the Brazilian Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver, so one other positive for the Prancing Horse team, is that the Massa only trails the Englishman by a single point in the championship battle. However, with Heikki Kovalainen finishing second in the other McLaren, the Scuderia's lead in the Constructors' classification, with four races remaining has gone down to five points. The final member of the podium party was BMW-Sauber driver, Robert Kubica.

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Italian GP - Race


Monza, 14th September 2008

F. Massa : 6th 1:27.16.310 + 28.816 53 laps chassis 269
K. Raikkonen: 9th 1:27.26.962 + 39.468 53 laps chassis 271
Weather: air temperature 15/16 °C ,track temperature 17 °C, overcast, rain in the first part.

Three points for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro in the Italian Grand Prix, thanks to a sixth place finish for Felipe Massa; Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth. After 14 races, Felipe has reduced the gap to the leader of the Drivers' classification to a single point, while the Scuderia has a five point lead in the Constructors'. Next week the team will be on track in Mugello for three days testing: Wednesday with Luca Badoer, Thursday with Kimi Raikkonen and Friday with Felipe Massa.

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ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – RACE


SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 2008
Weather played a decisive role in the outcome of the Italian Grand Prix today, unfortunately mitigating all of the advantage gained by Nico Rosberg in yesterday’s strong qualifying session. After a wet start to this afternoon’s race, the unexpected drying conditions meant an extra and unscheduled stop for the German driver, relegating him from a top five position to P14 at the finish. Team-mate Kazuki Nakajima made a tactical decision to start from the pitlane and make some aero modifications to his car which allowed him to progress six places at various intervals during the race, but ultimately he finished just outside the top ten and was also not able to claim any points. After demonstrating good but unfulfilled potential in the wet in Italy and having shown a strong pace earlier in the season on street circuits, the team will be seeking to convert these factors into a strong performance in Singapore in two weeks time.

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2008 SANTANDER ITALIAN GRAND PRIX


Monza, Sunday 14th September 2008
Lewis Hamilton MP4-23 07
Heikki Kovalainen MP4-23 05

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen finished the Santander Italian Grand Prix at Monza in second place. After 53 laps (306.720km), with intermittent rain and changeable track conditions, Heikki came home 12.5sec behind maiden winner Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Toro Rosso). Lewis Hamilton, who had started 15th on the grid, ended up seventh. Heikki was on a two-stop strategy, and came in on laps 22 (5.0sec) and 34 (6.4sec). For Lewis, the team had planned one stop, and he pitted on lap 27 (9.7sec). However, on a drying track he had to change from extreme-wet to wet-weather tyres and came in a second time on lap 36 (5.2sec). After 14 out of 18 races, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes lies second in the world constructors' championship with 129 points behind Ferrari with 134 points. Lewis leads in the drivers' rankings with 78 points, ahead of Felipe Massa on 77 points. Heikki is sixth with 51 points.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Italian GP - Race


09-14-2008 Press Release
Weather: Rain at the beginning, slowly drying track. Air: 14°C, Track: 15°C

Monza (IT). Coming from 11th on the grid, Robert Kubica scored the tenth podium of the season for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. It was the sixth podium in 2008 for the Pole, who finished the exciting Italian Grand Prix third. Nick Heidfeld started from tenth and finished fifth in the wet race at the high speed Monza circuit.

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Italian Grand Prix, Sunday


It was a another damp afternoon in Monza as Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet finished in 4th and 10th places respectively in an exciting Italian Grand Prix. Much like yesterday’s qualifying session, today’s race was all about the weather with rain showers hitting Monza shortly before the start. The race got underway under safety car conditions with the whole grid on extreme wet tyres.

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Italian Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 14 September 2008
Today's Weather: Rain early on before the track surface gradually dried out, air 14-15°C, track 15-16°C
Constructors' Championship Points: 41 (4th)
Drivers' Championship Points: Jarno Trulli 26 (8th) Timo Glock 15 (11th)

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GP Italy - Race Classification


after 53 Laps - 306.720 Kms
FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2008 - Monza

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26:47.494 212.039
2 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:27:00.006 +12.512 211.530
3 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:27:07.965 +20.471 211.208
4 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:27:11.397 +23.903 211.070
5 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:27:15.242 +27.748 210.915
6 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:27:16.310 +28.816 210.872
7 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:27:17.406 +29.912 210.828
8 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:27:19.542 +32.048 210.742
9 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:27:26.962 +39.468 210.444
10 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:27:41.939 +54.445 209.845
11 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:27:46.382 +58.888 209.668
12 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:27:49.509 +62.015 209.543
13 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:27:53.448 +65.954 209.387
14 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:27:56.129 +68.635 209.280
15 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:28:00.864 +73.370 209.093
16 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:27:09.395 +1 LAP 207.162
17 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:27:37.452 +1 LAP 206.057
18 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27:57.260 +1 LAP 205.283
19 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:27:45.015 +2 LAPS 201.800

NOT CLASSIFIED
G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team DNF 11 Laps 189.325
FASTEST LAP
K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:28.047 on lap 53 236.859


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13 September


P1 + P4 = Sensational!


13 | 09 | 08
Changing opinions in Formula 1 is about like trying to turn around a super-tanker on the ocean and it’s fair to say that Scuderia Toro Rosso is still seen as a newish team still finding its way in the sport, this despite some excellent performances this season – remember Bourdais nearly finished fourth on his debut in Melbourne.

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2008 Italian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


13 September 2008 - The Force India Formula One Team has achieved its highest-ever position in qualifying for the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. Giancarlo Fisichella will start from a superb 12th following an extraordinary wet session that saw the team go through to Q2 for the first time this season and the first time since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix. The result is also the team's highest qualifying position since the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil started well in Q1, however he struggled with his second set of tyres and will start from 20th position.
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Italian GP - An unusual grid


Monza, 13th September - A Ferrari engine powers the car that will start Sunday's Italian Grand Prix from pole position, but it's not driven by Felipe Massa or Kimi Raikkonen. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's Brazilian driver will start from the third row in sixth place, while the Finn is down on the seventh row in fourteenth place.

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Italian GP - Qualifying session


Monza, 13th September 2008
Qualifying session
F. Massa: 6th 1.38.894 7 laps chassis 269
K. Raikkonen: 14th 1.37.522 8 laps chassis 271
Weather: air temperature 21 °C, track temperature 21 °C, rain.

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ITALIAN GP: QUALIFYING


Rubens 16th, Jenson 19th in Italian GP qualifying
Heavy rain at Monza this afternoon produced a thrilling spectacle for the fans but an ultimately disappointing qualifying session for the Honda Racing F1 Team. Rubens Barrichello will start tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix from 16th position on the grid and Jenson Button from 19th place.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


13 Sep. 2008
Sebastian Vettel has achieved his and the Scuderia Toro Rosso’s first ever pole position, using Bridgestone’s extreme wet tyre to set a time of 1min 37.555secs at a treacherously wet Monza race circuit for the Italian Grand Prix.

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VETTEL ON POLE!


12 | 09 | 08
Sebastian Vettel has secured pole position at our home race with Sebastien Bourdais stoming into fourth.

German Seb becomes the youngest driver to take pole position at only his 22nd attempt.

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2008 SANTANDER ITALIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


Monza, Saturday 13th September 2008
Lewis Hamilton MP4-23 07
Heikki Kovalainen MP4-23 05

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen will start Sunday's Santander Italian Grand Prix at Monza from the front row of the grid. In Saturday's wet qualifying session, Heikki battled heavy rain to set second-fastest time of 1m37.631. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton will start 15th on the grid after failing to set a quick lap when the session was at its driest and fastest. His best time in Q2 was a 1m39.265.

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Italian Grand Prix, Saturday


13/09/2008
Torrential rain storms made for difficult conditions in today’s qualifying session as Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet qualified in 8th and 17th places respectively for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

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ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER, 2008
Nico Rosberg mastered challenging wet conditions while qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, securing a fifth place grid slot for Williams’ 500th race start tomorrow. In so doing, Nico equalled his best qualifying performance this season. While some drivers such as Nico prospered in the rain, the weather conspired against many others, including a number of title contenders, and Nico’s team-mate, Kazuki Nakajima, who will take to the start tomorrow on the ninth row of the grid.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying


09-13-2008 Press Release
Weather: rain, 19-21°C Air, 18°C Track

Monza (IT). The whole of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on the high speed Monza circuit was in wet conditions, which produced a mixed grid. Robert Kubica missed making it into the top ten by just 21 thousandths of a second and was 11th. Nick Heidfeld made it into qualifying for the final action packed session, but was unhappy with the grip level and ended up tenth.

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Webber Qualifies Third At Monza


13 | 09 | 08
Mark Webber stormed through the rain to pick up a second row place on the grid qualifying in third.

DC made it through to the second qualifying session and will start in position 13.

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Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 13 September 2008
Today's Weather: Rain throughout the sessions. Air 19-20°C, track 17-18°C
Best 2008 grid position: 3rd Jarno Trulli (Malaysia)
Best 2008 race result: 2nd Timo Glock (Hungary)

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GP Italy - Qualifying Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2008 - Monza

POS NAME NAT TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3

1 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.464 1:35.837 1:37.555
2 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.214 1:35.843 1:37.631
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:36.001 1:36.306 1:38.117
4 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.543 1:36.175 1:38.445
5 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:35.485 1:35.898 1:38.767
6 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:35.536 1:36.676 1:38.894
7 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:35.906 1:36.008 1:39.152
8 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:36.297 1:36.518 1:39.751
9 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:35.737 1:36.525 1:39.787
10 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:35.709 1:36.626 1:39.906
11 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:35.553 1:36.697
12 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:36.280 1:36.698
13 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:36.485 1:37.284
14 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:35.965 1:37.522
15 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.394 1:39.265
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:36.510
17 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:36.630
18 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:36.653
19 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:37.006
20 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:37.417

POLE POSITION LAP
S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.555 213.774 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.214 219.030 KPH

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GP Italy - Third Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2008 - Monza

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:35.464 [16 ] 218.457
2 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.129 [11 ] +0.665 216.945
3 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:36.347 [13 ] +0.883 216.455
4 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.686 [9 ] +1.222 215.696
5 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:36.706 [10 ] +.242 215.651
6 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:36.972 [12 ] +1.508 215.060
7 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:37.015 [7 ] +1.551 214.964
8 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:37.263 [6 ] +1.799 214.416
9 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:37.270 [10 ] +1.806 214.401
10 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:37.285 [9 ] +1.821 214.368
11 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:37.504 [11 ] +2.040 213.886
12 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:37.671 [7 ] +2.207 213.520
13 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:37.778 [8 ] +2.314 213.287
14 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:37.833 [9 ] +2.369 213.167
15 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:37.882 [11 ] +2.418 213.060
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:38.689 [8 ] +3.225 211.318
17 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.319 [8 ] +3.855 209.977
18 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:41.164 [3 ] +5.700 206.148
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:42.683 [6] +7.219 203.098
20 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:46.325 [8] +10.861 196.142


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12 September


Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


12 Sep. 2008
Kimi Raikkonen (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) set the marker on the opening day of running for the Italian Grand Prix by using Bridgestone’s medium compound Potenza tyre to set Friday’s fastest lap time at the 5.79km Monza race track for the fourteenth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Raikkonen set his time – a 1min 23.861secs – in the afternoon 90 minute practice session. He was less than a tenth faster than the next driver, Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber F1 Team). Kubica’s teammate, Nick Heidfeld, went third fastest in this session. In a contrast to the morning, the afternoon was dry, although the circuit was damp from the earlier rainfall.

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Italian GP - Under a deluge


Monza, 12th September 2008 - On the day that Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro announced that Kimi Raikkonen had extended his agreement with the team, so that he will wear the Ferrari red race suit until the end of 2010, the Finn set the fastest time of the day, while Felipe Massa, less happy with the behaviour of his F2008, was sixth.
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Raikkonen racing for Ferrari until 2010


Maranello, 12th September 2008

Ferrari announces that it has extended its agreement with Kimi Raikkonen to the end of the 2010 race season.

Therefore, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver line-up remains unchanged for the next two coming seasons.
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Italian GP - Free practice


Free practice - First session
K. Raikkonen: 9th 1.37.392 5 laps chassis 271
F. Massa : 14th 1.40.233 5 laps chassis 269
Weather: air 23/19 °C, track 23/20 °C, overcast, rain, sometimes very heavy.

Free Practice - Second session
K. Raikkonen: 1st 1.23.861 31 laps chassis 271
F. Massa : 6th 1.24.247 34 laps chassis 269
Weather: air 24/27 °C, track 26/30 °C, cloudy with a damp track at first, then sunny and a dry track.

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2008 Italian Grand Prix Free Practice Report


12 September 2008 - The Force India Formula One Team's recent competitive form continued today in free practice for the Italian Grand Prix at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Following on from its successful three day test at the same circuit two weeks ago and strong performance in the Belgian Grand Prix, Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella recorded the first and third fastest times in the opening practice session and the 9th and 13th in the second.
A heavy shower before the start of the morning practice dampened the track, however Adrian and Giancarlo took to the circuit immediately on the green light and were able to record their fastest times before a deluge fell and the session was red flagged 10 minutes before its scheduled finish.
The circuit dried for the second session, allowing the team to evaluate its dry set-up and dry tyre options. Adrian's strong lap saw him classified 9th quickest, eight tenths from the fastest time of the day, with Giancarlo just four tenths behind in 13th.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Italian Grand Prix - Free Practice


09-12-2008 Press Release
Weather: extreme rain in the morning, sunny in the afternoon, 19-23°C Air, 15-29°C Track

Monza (IT). After the first free practice session was literally washed out by the rain, the second 90 minute session for the Italian Grand Prix was very busy. The BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld, had a trouble free day and were second and third fastest respectively on the highspeed circuit in the Monza Royal Park.

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Italian Grand Prix, Friday


The ING Renault F1 Team was back in action today as both Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet began their preparations for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

Fernando Alonso, R28-02 Free Practice 1: P6, 1:36.695, 10 laps
Nelson Piquet, R28-01 Free Practice 1: P11, 1:38.057, 11 laps

Fernando Alonso, R28-02 Free Practice 2: P18, 1:25.481, 22 laps
Nelson Piquet, R28-01 Free Practice 2: P20, 1:26.195, 23 laps

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Thunderstorms and blue sky


The Honda Racing F1 Team experiences four seasons in one day at Monza.
The main talking point at Monza today was the weather. Early morning drizzle was replaced by a downpour midway through the first practice session, only for sunshine to appear in time for this afternoon’s running. With another 60mm of rain forecast for tomorrow morning, it’s clear that the Italian Grand Prix weekend is not going to be one for the faint hearted.

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GP Italy: Friday Practice


12 | 09 | 08
Sebastian Vettel (STR3-03)
First Practice Session
Best lap 1.37.754, pos. 10th, 13 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap 1.24.773, pos. 10th, 35 laps

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GP Italy: Friday Practice


12 | 09 | 08
Mark Webber
First Practice Session
Position: -, Best Time: - (no time), Laps: 1, Chassis No. 5
Second Practice Session
Position: 8, Best Time: 1:24.521, Laps: 35, Chassis No. 5

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2008 SANTANDER ITALIAN GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE


Monza, Friday 12h September 2008
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen finished Friday’s free practice for the Santander Italian Grand Prix at Monza in fourth and seventh positions respectively. Lewis completed 25 laps and set a best time of 1m23.983. Heikki did 29 laps with a fastest of 1m24.365.
Due to torrential rain, Lewis and Heikki completed only one installation lap each in the morning session.

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Italian Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 12 September 2008
Today's Weather: Wet with heavy thunderstorms and torrential rain in the morning. A brighter afternoon session led to the track drying out later on. Air 19-25°C, track 14-30°C
Toyota's Best Italian GP qualifying: 6th Jarno Trulli 2005
Toyota's Best Italian GP race result: 5th Jarno Trulli 2005
Take Note: Panasonic Toyota Racing's third driver Kamui Kobayashi will celebrate his 22nd birthday tomorrow by competing in the GP2 race here at Monza

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ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE FRIDAY


12 SEPTEMBER, 2008
After a deluge of rain this morning prematurely curtailed the first practice session for the Italian GP, the AT&T Williams team took to the drying Monza track after lunch to advance their preparations for tomorrow’s qualifying session. Both Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima had a constructive day in the car, with Nico in the top five times in both sessions and Kazuki looking to convert his set-up progression into lap times in tomorrow’s final practice.

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GP Italy - Second Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2008 - Monza

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS ] GAP KPH
1 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:23.861 [31] 248.682
2 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:23.931 [26 ] +0.070 248.475
3 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:23.947 [29 ] +0.086 248.428
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:23.983 [25 ] +0.122 248.321
5 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:24.110 [33 ] +0.249 247.946
6 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:24.247 [34 ] +0.386 247.543
7 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:24.365 [29] +0.504 247.197
8 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:24.521 [35 ] +0.660 246.741
9 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:24.669 [22 ] +0.808 246.309
10 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:24.773 [35 ] +0.912 246.007
11 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:25.100 [25 ] +1.239 245.062
12 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:25.192 [39 ] +1.331 244.797
13 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:25.204 [24 ] +1.343 244.763
14 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:25.296 [5 ] +1.435 244.499
15 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:25.309 [34 ] +1.448 244.461
16 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:25.330 [28 ] +1.469 244.401
17 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:25.397 [28 ] +1.536 244.209
18 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:25.481 [22 ] +1.620 243.970
19 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:25.753 [29 ] +1.892 243.196
20 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:26.195 [23 ] +2.334 241.949


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GP Italy - First Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2008 - Monza

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:32.842 [18 ] 224.626
2 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:33.428 [14 ] +0.586 223.217
3 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:33.695 [19 ] +0.853 222.581
4 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.800 [13 ] +3.958 215.442
5 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:36.900 [9 ] +4.058 215.219
6 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:36.965 [10 ] +4.123 215.075
7 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.142 [20 ] +4.300 214.683
8 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:37.214 [13 ] +4.372 214.524
9 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:37.392 [5 ] +4.550 214.132
10 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.754 [13 ] +4.912 213.339
11 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:38.057 [11 ] +5.215 212.680
12 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:38.303 [7 ] +5.461 212.148
13 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:39.062 [12 ] +6.220 210.522
14 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:40.233 [5 ] +7.391 208.063
15 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team [1 ]
16 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams [2 ]
17 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team [1 ]
18 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes [1 ]
19 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing [1 ]
20 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes [1 ]


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11 September


Massa: "Great memories of Monza"


Monza, 11th September - Felipe Massa does not get long to enjoy the fact he was declared the winner of the Belgian Grand Prix, as just a few days later the F1 paddock has shifted to Monza for this Sunday's Italian Grand Prix and as the winner of the last race, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver was on the panel in this afternoon's FIA Press Conference. The Brazilian is relatively confident about having another good weekend at the team's home race. "This is a track which is completely different to any other track for how you prepare your car in terms of aerodynamics. I think we had quite a good test. I really hope that we can be very competitive. McLaren showed for sure a very good performance on the test and also last year, so it will be a big competition for sure. But I think we are in the right direction in terms of preparing for this race and see if we can start on Friday and Saturday morning with a reasonable set up."

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Raikkonen: "I don't make the rules"


Monza, 11th September - Just a few days after misfortune in the shape of a spin into the Spa barriers, ended what had been a brilliant race for Kimi Raikkonen, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver was back facing the media at Ferrari's home race weekend in the Royal Park of Monza.

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Walk of Fame


11 | 09 | 08
The back of a Formula One garage is a very busy sort of place what with mechanics, engineers, guests and the occasional TV crew all vying for some space.

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The Gathering Storm


11 | 09 | 08
The weather forecast for our final race in Europe is not good. While rain is the default setting in Spa Francorchamps, where we were a few days ago, generally Monza is regarded as the final chance to see a bit of late summer sunshine.

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Bob Bell: “We can go to Monza and get a good result”


11/09/2008

The Technical Director of the ING Renault F1 Team talks about the team's hopes for Monza and the end of the season.

Bob, the team came away from Spa with a fourth place finish. Were you satisfied with the result?
Yes, I think we were. If it had been a normal dry race, then fourth place is probably about as much as we could have hoped for. We were happy with the car all weekend, our pace was good in the wet and the dry, and the team coped well with the changing conditions. To come away with a fourth place from such an unpredictable race like that is a real credit to the whole team.

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Jenson and Rubens talk Monza


The Honda Racing F1 Team drivers discuss Monza set-up, tricks for a fast lap and favourite corners.
The emphasis at Monza is on engine power and aerodynamic efficiency. As a result, the team will run a special low downforce aero package, which produces 30 percent less grip than the high downforce generated at the slowest circuits on the calendar.

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10 September


Italian GP - Monza, Temple of Speed


Monza, 10th September - The European part of the 2008 Formula 1 season comes to a close this weekend with Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's home grand prix at the Monza circuit. Ferrari should benefit from the boost of racing in front of a big crowd of its home fans and, as is now traditional, the staff of the Gestione Sportiva, who will watch from their reserved grandstand. Current form and the results of the test session held at this track two weeks ago suggest they will get to see a very close contest. In terms of performance, the three days running at Monza confirmed that the Italian Grand Prix could be the toughest assignment of the remaining races for the Scuderia, as it's clear our opponents are extremely strong. Last year here, Ferrari struggled, especially in terms of dealing with the kerbs but, as has been seen at other races this year, this is one problem that has been solved, as the car's behaviour over kerbs has been improved through work on the suspension package.

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2008 SANTANDER ITALIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Situated within picturesque wooded parkland 15km north of Milan, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza remains Formula 1’s perennial temple of speed - and this weekend’s Santander Italian Grand Prix is almost certain to be the fastest race on the 2008 calendar with cars reaching top speeds of 340km/h and running at full-throttle for 80 per cent of each lap.

The gradual loss of the original high-speed Silverstone, Österreichring and Hockenheim tracks has made Monza something of a welcome anachronism, an uncompromising flat-out racetrack that simply cannot forget its past and whose passionate spectators continue to revel to the noise and spectacle of the racing car.

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Italian Grand Prix 2008 Preview


The ING Renault F1 Team prepares for round fourteen of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship: the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Fernando Alonso: “Each point will be important at the end of the season”

Fernando, Spa lived up to its reputation and gave us an unpredictable race, largely due to the changeable weather...
Yes, it was a very eventful race! For me, everything went smoothly until the final couple of laps. At the start of the race, the track was still quite damp in places, but I made a good start and quickly took fourth position, where I remained until the end of the race, in spite of the rain shower. We scored five points, which is a good result in terms of the championship and we were pleased to see that we were on the pace and the third strongest team in Spa.

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Bridgestone Motorsport Italian Grand Prix Preview


10 Sep. 2008
Straight from the excitement at Spa Francorchamps, Bridgestone heads to another destination steeped in motorsport history, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the Gran Premio Santander d'Italia, round fourteen of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Monza is a high-speed challenge for competitors, with long straights through the circuit which is located in parkland within the city of Monza, 20km north of Milan. The long straights mean that cars run with low downforce set-ups, so in the slower corners the tyres don’t have the same levels of assistance from the cars’ aerodynamics.

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Raikkonen: "I'll fight right until the end"


Maranello, 09th September 2008 - Obviously that wasn't the result we were looking for at Spa, but it was great to be back to fight for the title. Finally I had the right feeling with the car and the Spa circuit is just the most beautiful track for a Formula One race.

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Italian Grand Prix preview


12 - 14 September 2008
9 September 2008 - Just days after the conclusion of the extraordinary Belgian Grand Prix, the Force India Formula One Team will be back in action for the Italian Grand Prix from 12 - 14 September. The annual speedfest at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, just outside Milan in northern Italy, will mark the conclusion of the European season before the championship embarks on a quartet of flyaway races in the Far East and South America.

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Patrese rediscovers the speed of Formula One with Honda


Riccardo Patrese returned to Formula One today for the first time in 15 years as he joined the Honda Racing F1 Team in Jerez to drive the team's RA107 race car.

Riccardo, who won six races during his 17 year Formula One career from 1977 to 1993, had joined the team at the Spanish circuit on Monday afternoon for a seat fit and engineering briefing. He also conducted reconnaissance laps of the 4.428km Jerez circuit in a Honda Civic Type-R with one of the team's engineers to familiarise himself with the track .

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09 September


Italian Grand Prixview


09 | 09 | 08
The Belgian Grand Prix weekend was a good one for Scuderia Toro Rosso, with both Sebs qualifying in the top ten for the second consecutive race and both cars in the points at the end of the race, having been genuine front runners before the rain played its customary role at Spa.

The team has now moved ahead of Honda in the Constructors’ classification and is equal on points with Williams-Toyota. Inevitably, there is talk of “overnight success” but what are the reasons for the upturn in form in recent weeks?

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2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX


Martin Whitmarsh said: "Following our decision to register our intention to appeal the penalty handed out to Lewis Hamilton by the FIA Stewards at the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix, we hereby confirm that we have now lodged notice of appeal. Lewis describes the incident as follows."
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Honda looks ahead to Monza


Ross Brawn explains how the team has prepared for the fastest race on the F1 calendar.
Round 14 of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship takes the Honda Racing F1 Team to the outskirts of Milan for the Italian Grand Prix. The 53-lap race is staged at the 5.793km (3.600-mile) Autodromo Nazionale di Monza and marks the end of F1’s European season.

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Fernando Alonso: “Each point will be important at the end of the season”


09/09/2008
The double world champion reflects on events in Belgium and looks forward to this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Fernando, Spa lived up to its reputation and gave us an unpredictable race, largely due to the changeable weather...
Yes, it was a very eventful race! For me, everything went smoothly until the final couple of laps. At the start of the race, the track was still quite damp in places, but I made a good start and quickly took fourth position, where I remained until the end of the race, in spite of the rain shower. We scored five points, which is a good result in terms of the championship and we were pleased to see that we were on the pace and the third strongest team in Spa.

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Italian Grand Prixview: Arrivederci Europa


09 | 09 | 08
If you’re the sort to entertain romantic notions of Grand Prix racing, despite its inevitable commercialisation, then Monza in early Autumn is the place to do it. On Sunday morning, as the mist rises slowly over the Royal Monza Park, it’s a time to reflect that we’re leaving the charms of the Old Continent behind for another year, before heading off to the Orient and South America…

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Belgian Grand Prix Debrief - Q+A with Timo Glock


First of all, what is your reaction to the 25s penalty which dropped you from eighth to ninth?
It was really disappointing to be told that I had lost the place because I fought so hard on the last couple of laps to make up ground. Considering the circumstances over the weekend and earlier in the race, a point would have been a good result, so I wasn't happy to be told I had been penalised.

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08 September


Hamilton given 25 second penalty


08 Sep. 2008
Lewis Hamilton, of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, has been penalised for cutting a chicane when battling with Kimi Raikkonen, resulting in the British driver losing his Belgian GP victory.

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Massa: "I can't wait to be back on the race track"


Maranello, 08th September 2008 - "A few hours after standing on the podium at Spa to receive the trophy for second place in the Belgian Grand Prix, I learned that I had actually been declared the winner. I was in the team motorhome, saying goodbye to everyone and getting ready to leave the circuit, when Stefano Domenicali informed me that the Stewards had penalised Lewis for his overtaking move on Kimi and that I was now the winner.

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Stefano Domenicali post-Belgian Grand Prix story


Maranello, 08th September 2008 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Stefano Domenicali was cautious in his appraisal of the stewards' decision following Lewis Hamilton's 25s penalty after the Belgian Grand Prix. The McLaren-Mercedes driver overtook Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at the final chicane by short-cutting it, and although he eased up to let Raikkonen past again, he was found to be in breach of the sporting regulations and given a 25s penalty, added to his race time which dropped him from winner to third place, handing victory to Ferrari's Felipe Massa. McLaren later gave notice of appeal against the stewards' decision.

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Riccardo Patrese returns to F1 with Honda


Ex Formula One driver Riccardo Patrese, who raced in 256 Grands Prix from 1977 to 1993, will get a taste of a modern Formula One car on Tuesday 9 September courtesy of the Honda Racing F1 Team.

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ITALIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


8th SEPTEMBER 2008
The European season draws to an end this weekend with a visit to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix on 14 September. The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza has a proud racing heritage, having hosted more Formula One races than any other track and all but one Italian Grand Prix since 1950.

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Italian Grand Prix - Preview


Monday 8 September 2008

PARK LIFE
Panasonic Toyota Racing is quickly back in action this weekend with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza coming just seven days after a disappointing Belgian Grand Prix. This weekend's race marks the end of the European season, with the final four events coming in Singapore, Japan, China and Brazil. The team is determined to leave European races behind for 2008 with another strong result and is well prepared for the unique high-speed challenge of Monza, having conducted a productive three-day test at the parkland track last month. Monza's long straights mean high speed is the priority, so Toyota has developed a race-specific low downforce aerodynamic package for this weekend's race, including different front and rear wings as well as other bodywork changes. This was tested last month by both Jarno - on home ground - and Timo, with encouraging results.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Italian GP - Preview


09-08-2008 Press Release
12th – 14th September 2008
14th of 18 World Championship races

Munich/Hinwil, 8th September 2008. The FIA Formula One World Championship’s European season is heading flat out onto the home straight. On the agenda for the next weekend of 12th to 14th September is the high-speed track in Monza’s Royal Park. Nowhere else do the F1 cars reach speeds in excess of 350 km/h. That is thanks to a special aerodynamic package with minimal drag and correspondingly low downforce. Engine power is also high on the wish list for the Italian Grand Prix, and both man and material are subjected to extreme loads during braking. To prepare for the event, the teams put in three days of testing in Monza at the end of August. For the BMW Sauber F1 Team, Nick Heidfeld took on testing duties for two days and Robert Kubica for one.

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GP Belgium - RACE REPORT


Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was classified third in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, behind Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Nick Heidfeld (BMW-Sauber); he lost victory following a Stewards’ decision that imposed a 25sec time penalty on him. The team has registered its intention to appeal this decision. Heikki Kovalainen retired on the final lap due to a gearbox failure. Both drivers were on two-stop strategies; Lewis pitted on laps 11 (6.8sec) and 25 (8.7sec) while Heikki came in on laps 13 (8.8sec) and 33 (6.2sec). In addition, Heikki had to complete a drive-through penalty. After 13 out of 18 races, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes lies second in the Constructors’ Championship with 119 points behind Ferrari with 131 points. Lewis leads in the drivers’ ranking 76 points ahead of Felipe Massa on 74 points. Heikki is sixth with 43 points.

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TRULLI PASSIONATE: Where It All Began For Jarno


Monday 8 September 2008
Jarno Trulli heads home to Italy for this weekend's race in Monza, but it is 600km south in Pescara where his roots lay, and where his passion for motorsport began.

Jarno was born in Pescara, a city of just over 100,000 people on Italy's eastern coast, in 1974 to a modest family. Now, 34 years later, he is a Grand Prix winner and Panasonic Toyota Racing driver, enjoying one of his best seasons in the sport.

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07 September


Bridgestone Motorsport’s Belgian Grand Prix report


07 Sep. 2008
Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) has won the thirteenth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship from pole position after using a medium – medium - hard tyre strategy in an exciting Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.

Hamilton took the win in epic fashion after losing his lead to Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Kimi Raikkonen on the second lap, but regaining it when rain fell on the circuit late in the race. Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) finished in second, 14.4 seconds behind Hamilton, whilst Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber F1 Team) vaulted from seventh position to take third by pitting for Bridgestone’s wet tyres for a final two lap blast through the field in the difficult conditions.

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Making A Point


07 | 09 | 08
A late penalty for Toyota's Timo Glock meant that Mark Webber was promoted to eighth and snatched a Championship point for Red Bull Racing.

Glock had 25 seconds added to his race time for ignoring yellow flags and the result demonstrates the progress Red Bull Racing has made since a difficult weekend in Valencia.

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Belgian GP - Race


Spa-Francorchamps, 7th September 2008

F. Massa: 1st 1:22.59.394 - 44 laps chassis 269
K. Raikkonen: 18th 1:17.42.833 DNF 42 laps chassis 271
Weather: air temperature 16 C, track temperature 17 C, overcast, rain in the final laps.

Ten points for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro in the Belgian Grand Prix, thanks to Felipe Massa's fifth win of the season, the team's seventh in this championship. Kimi Raikkonen had to retire on the 42nd lap, when he ended up in the barriers having spun on a track made slippery by the rain. This was Felipe's tenth career win and brings the Scuderia's total to 208 from 771 Grands Prix entered. The Brazilian is now second in the Drivers' classification, two points down on the leader, while Kimi is third, 19 down. Ferrari maintains its lead in the Constructors' classification with a lead of ten points over its nearest competitor."

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GP Belgium - Race Official Classification (amended)


after 44 Laps - 308.052 Kms
2008 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps
(Doc 51 Time 18.30)
Race Official Classification after 44 Laps - 308.052 Kms
Classification amended in accordance with Stewards' Documents no. 46 and 49.
Subject to further engine checks to be carried out on car 2 prior to the 2008 Italian Grand Prix


pos DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 44 1:22:59.394 222.715
2 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 44 1:23:08.777 9.383 222.296
3 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 44 1:23:09.933 10.539 222.244
4 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 44 1:23:13.872 14.478 222.069
5 S.VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 44 1:23: 13.970 14.576 222.065
6 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 44 1:23:14.431 15.037 222.044
7 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 44 1:23:16.129 16.735 221.969
8 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 44 1:23:42.170 42.776 220.818
9 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 44 1:24:06.439 67.045 219.756
10 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 43 1:20:58.715 DNF +1LAP 223.057
11 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 43 1:22:45.088 1 LAP 218.278
12 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 43 1:22:47.042 1 LAP 218.192
13 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 43 1:22:49.057 1 LAP 218.104
14 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 43 1:22:58.340 1 LAP 217.697
15 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 43 1:22:59.886 1 LAP 217.630
16 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 43 1:23:40.609 1 LAP 215.864
17 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 43 1:24:49.083 1 LAP 212.960
18 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 42 1:17:42.833 DNF 227.020

NOT CLASSIFIED
R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 19 37:00.084 DNF 215.589
N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 13 24:51.976 DNF 219.400

FASTEST LAP
K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:47.930 on lap 24 233.618
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2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - appeal McLaren Mercedes


Date 07 September 2008
Time 18:55
From The Stewards of the Meeting
To All Team Manager's

Document 52
A notice of intention to appeal has been received from Vodafone McLaren Mercedes against the Stewards decision contained in document number 49. The Stewards acknowledge receipt of this appeal and will submit it to the International Court of Appeal.
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2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX -penalty Lewis Hamilton


2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Date 07 September 2008
Time 17:35
From The Stewards of the Meeting
To TheTeam Manager Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Document 49
The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director and having met with the drivers and team managers involved, have considered the following matter, determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
N° / Driver 22, Lewis Hamilton
Competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Time 15:21 :33
Facts Cut the chicane and gained an advantage
Offence Breach of Article 30.3 (a) of the 2008 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations
and Appendix L chapter 4 Article 2 (9) of the International Sporting Code
Penalty Drive-through penalty (Article 16.3 (a)), since this is being applied at the end of the Race, 25 seconds will be added to the drivers' elapsed race time
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2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - penalty Timo Glock


2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Date 07 September 2008
Time 16:35
From The Stewards of the Meeting
To The Team Manager Panasonic Toyota Racing

Document 46
The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director and having met with the drivers and team managers involved, have considered the following matter, determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
N° I Driver 12, Timo Glock
Competitor Panasonic Toyota Racing
Time 15:25
Facts Ignored waved yellow flags
Offence Breach of the 2008 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations
Breach of Appendice H Chapter 2 (Article 4.1.2(b) of the 2008 FIA International Sporting Code
Penalty A25 second time penalty to be added to the elapsed race time
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2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - penalty Kovalainen


2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Date 07 September 2008
Time 14:25
From The Stewards of the Meeting
To The Team Manager Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Document 40
The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director, have considered the following matter, determine abreach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
N° I Driver 23, Heikki Kovalainen
Competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Time 14:23
Facts Caused acollision
Offence Involved in an incident as defined by Article 16.1 of the 2008 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations
Penalty Drive-through penalty (Article 16.3 (a))
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2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX RACE FACTS AND INCIDENTS BULLETIN


Sunday, September 7, 2008
Lap 1: On pole position for the fifth time this season, and the 11th in his Formula One career, Lewis Hamilton gets away cleanly on the slippery track to lead into La Source. Kimi Räikkönen vaults to second after passing Felipe Massa on the run to Les Combes. Back at La Source, Sébastien Bourdais hits Jarno Trulli, who runs wide and causes a traffic jam to the corner’s outside. Heikki Kovalainen, third on the grid, is pincered and drops to 11th. Bourdais initially runs fourth but Fernando Alonso passes him before the lap is complete. Nelson Piquet lies sixth from Mark Webber, Robert Kubica, Timo Glock, Nick Heidfeld, Kovalainen, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Jarno Trulli (who spins at the chicane), Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil and Kazuki Nakajima. Giancarlo Fisichella pits after going off twice during the lap.
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Belgian GP - Massa wins, Hamilton penalised, Raikkonen crashes


Spa-Francorchamps, 7th September - Felipe Massa was the only Ferrari driver to see the chequered flag at the end of a Belgian Grand Prix that saved most of its excitement for the final handful of laps. The Brazilian Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver was classified second at first, but inherited the win, as Lewis Hamilton, first past the flag was given a penalty for passing Raikkonen by cutting the chicane, which drops him to third behind second placed Nick Heidfeld. Kimi Raikkonen had made a brilliant start in his F2008 from fourth on the grid, to swallow up Kovalainen, his team-mate Massa and pole man Hamilton by lap 2. From then on, the man who has won the last three races here controlled the race, only losing the lead during the two pit stop runs. However, with a couple of laps remaining, rain threw the race into confusion and in a controversial move, Hamilton cut the chicane to go into the lead. Shortly after that, trying to regain the lead, the Ferrari man spun and ended his race in the barrier. Hamilton still heads the Drivers' classification but is now only 2 points ahead of Felipe. Ferrari still heads the Constructors' championship, as the series heads to Monza next weekend for the Italian Grand Prix.

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Not Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining


07 | 09 | 08
Ninth for Mark Webber and eleventh for David Coulthard is scant reward for Red Bull Racing at the end of a weekend when we showed we had made progress since a difficult weekend in Valencia a fortnight ago.

Mark especially could have hoped to return to his point-scoring ways, after securing an encouraging seventh place spot on the starting grid. But his hope were soon dashed, indeed crashed into, by Kovalainen in the McLaren which sent the Red Bull driver into a spin. David was always going to have a tough day from fourteenth on the grid, so making up three places is at least positive.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix - Race


09-07-2008 Press Release
Weather: Overcast, rain at the end of the race. Air: 15°C, Track: 17°C

Spa-Francorchamps (BE). Due to a perfect decision in the final stages of the Belgian GP, Nick Heidfeld claimed the ninth podium of the season for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. After 42 of the 44 laps Nick changed to wet weather tyres, and moved up from seventh to third. It was his fourth podium of the season. His team-mate, Robert Kubica, had been ahead of him until he was delayed refuelling at his second pit stop. The pole had started from eighth and finished the action packed grand prix sixth. The BMW Sauber F1 Team has now scored 105 championship points. With five races to go in 2008, the team has so far four more points than in the entire 2007 season.

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2008 Belgian Grand Prix Race Report


7 September 2008 - The 2008 edition of the Belgian Grand Prix was yet another classic race, with rain, sunshine, spins, incidents and an unpredictable result until the very last metres. The Force India Formula One Team drivers performed well in the challenging conditions, with Adrian Sutil finishing 13th and Giancarlo Fisichella in 17th positions.

Adrian Sutil (car 20, VJM01/06):
13th 1:22:49.057 (+1 lap)
Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21, VJM01/05):
17th 1:24:49.083 (+ 1 lap)

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BELGIAN GP: RACE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS


7 SEPTEMBER 2008
Jenson Button was the only Honda Racing F1 Team driver to finish this afternoon’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The British driver came home in 15th place, while his team-mate Rubens Barrichello retired just before half distance with a gearbox problem.

The weather played a crucial part in the outcome of the race. Rain showers prior to the start meant that the early laps took place on a damp track. Rubens and Jenson weaved through the spinning cars ahead of them at Turn 1 to emerge in 15th and 16th positions respectively.
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So near and yet so Spa...


07 | 09 | 08
For a few moments towards the end of the race it looked as though Scuderia Toro Rosso was heading for its first ever podium finish, as Sebastien Bourdais was lying third with just a couple of laps to go in the Belgian Grand Prix.

But all weekend we’ve talked about the weather and in the end, the clouds opened and rained on our parade.

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Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday


07/09/2008
It was a mixed afternoon for the ING Renault F1 Team as Fernando Alonso finished the Belgian Grand Prix in a solid fourth place, while teammate Nelson Piquet retired in the early stages.

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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – RACE


SUNDAY 07 SEPTEMBER, 2008
The AT&T Williams team managed to make some modest progress over their qualifying positions in today’s Belgian GP by running a one stop strategy for both Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Rosberg. However, the progress was not sufficient to enable either driver to challenge for points. A last minute flurry of rain which made the track very slippery for the closing laps presented an opportunity for a late bid for points, but unfortunately the unscheduled stop for wet tyres did not come early enough for the team to capitalise on the weather.

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Belgian Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 7 September 2008
Today's Weather: Cool and overcast with a late shower, air temperature 16°C, track temperature 15-18°C
Constructors' Championship Points: 42 points (4th)
Drivers' Championship Points: Jarno Trulli 26pts (7th); Timo Glock 16pts (10th)

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GP Belgium - Race Classification


after 44 Laps - 308.052 Kms
2008 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:22:44.933 223.363
2 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:22:59.394 +14.461 222.715
3 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:23:08.777 +23.844 222.296
4 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:23:13.872 +28.939 222.069
5 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:23:13.970 +29.037 222.065
6 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:23:14.431 +29.498 222.044
7 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:23:16.129 +31.196 221.969
8 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:23:41.439 +56.506 220.850
9 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:23:42.170 +57.237 220.818
10 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:20:58.715 +1 LAP DNF 223.057
11 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:22:45.088 +1 LAP 218.278
12 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:22:47.042 +1 LAP 218.192
13 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:22:49.057 +1 LAP 218.104
14 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:22:58.340 +1 LAP 217.697
15 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:22:59.886 +1 LAP 217.630
16 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:23:40.609 +1 LAP 215.864
17 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:24:49.083 +1 LAP 212.960
18 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:17:42.833 +2 laps DNF 227.020

NOT CLASSIFIED
17 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 19 DNF 215.589
6 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 13 DNF 219.400

FASTEST LAP
1 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:47.930 on lap 24 233.618


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06 September


Belgian GP - One on Row 1, one on Row 2


Spa-Francorchamps, 6th September - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro came to Spa knowing that its closest rival would be extremely competitive and, so far this weekend, that has proved to be the case. But the mix of silver and red in the front two rows shows just how close it is, as Lewis Hamilton is on pole, with Felipe Massa alongside him, while the second McLaren-Mercedes of Heikki Kovalainen, who set the fastest lap of the day in Q2 is third, with the F2008 of Kimi Raikkonen outside him in fourth spot. While Massa put in a brilliant lap to ensure his appointment on the front row, Raikkonen unfortunately ran wide at Turn 7 on his last quick lap, which may well have cost him one place. Row 3 sees Nick Heidfeld's BMW-Sauber in fifth spot and Fernando Alonso in the Renault in sixth.

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Belgian GP - Qualifying session


Spa-Francorchamps, 6th September 2008
Qualifying session
F. Massa: 2nd 1.47.678 6 laps chassis 269
K. Raikkonen: 4th 1.47.992 6 laps chassis 271
Weather: air temperature 18/17 °C, track temperature 18/17 °C, covered skies.

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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


06 Sep. 2008
Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) will start from pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix after using Bridgestone’s medium compound Potenza tyre to lap the 7km Spa Francorchamps circuit in a time of 1min 47.338secs, over three tenths faster than his nearest rival.

Hamilton set his time under grey skies but on a dry track in the Ardennes-located circuit. His championship rival, Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) was second fastest. Hamilton’s teammate Heikki Kovalainen and Massa’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow’s race from third and fourth respectively.

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Brilliant for Bourdais


06 | 09 | 08
Sebastien Bourdais had a smile as wide as his crash helmet would allow as he made it to the final part of qualifying for the second consecutive race, going one better than in Valencia, as he lines up ninth on the grid, one place ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate, Sebastian Vettel.

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Fighting Back


06 | 09 | 08
A mere nine tenths of a second is all that separates Mark Webber seventh on the grid for Red Bull Racing and Heikki Kovalainen in third spot in the McLaren.

Yes, we know that F1 is “if” spelt backwards, but nevertheless those times show just how close the middle order is at the moment, as the world championship enters its final phase here in Belgium. David Coulthard was a few tenths down this afternoon and was not so happy to be lining up fourteenth for his final appearance racing in F1 in Belgium where, in the absence of any local drivers, he is something of a crowd favourite as his partner is Belgian.

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2008 Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


6 September 2008 - The Force India Formula One Team will start tomorrow's Belgian Grand Prix with Adrian Sutil in 18th and Giancarlo Fisichella in 20th positions. In yet another close session, the team was just one tenth from passing into the second qualifying segment, with both drivers just hundredths of a second from their closest rivals.
With the 7.004km Spa-Francorchamps circuit presenting several overtaking possibilities there is every chance that the pair could improve on their starting positions in tomorrow's 44 lap race.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying


09-06-2008 Press Release
Weather: overcast but dry, 15-17°C Air, 16-18°C Track

Spa-Francorchamps (BE). Nick Heidfeld qualified fifth for the Belgian Grand Prix while his team-mate in the BMW Sauber F1 Team, Robert Kubica, was eighth fastest at Spa-Francorchamps. The entire session was in dry conditions.

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Pole Position for Lewis Hamilton


2008 Formula 1 World Championship, round 13: Belgian Grand Prix
Qualifying, Saturday, 6th September 2008

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position after setting a time of 1m47.338 in the exciting third part of qualifying. His team-mate Heikki Kovalainen posted a time of 1m47.815 and will start third on the grid. It is Lewis’s 11th Formula 1 pole position, his fifth of the year and the 60th of the McLaren-Mercedes partnership, which began in 1995.

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Belgian Grand Prix, Saturday


06/09/2008
It was a positive afternoon for the ING Renault F1 Team as Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet qualified in 6th and 12th places respectively for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
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Rubens 16th, Jenson 17th at Spa


Tough qualifying on the toughest of racetracks.
The Honda Racing F1 Team’s Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button will start tomorrow’s 44-lap Belgian Grand Prix from 16th and 17th positions on the grid at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The team’s preparations for the qualifying session were hindered during this morning’s final practice session when a mechanical problem stopped Jenson out on the circuit on his first lap. As a result the engineers had only Rubens’ car with which to prepare for qualifying.

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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 06 SEPTEMBER, 2008
The AT&T Williams team struggled with performance today at the Spa Francorchamps circuit, especially across the twisty, eleven corner sector two from Les Combes to Fagnes and, as a consequence, failed to make the desired impression on the qualifying standings for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg progressed into Q2, but was 6/10ths short of making into the final session, while team-mate Kazuki Nakajima could fare no better than P19. The outcome, however, leaves both cars with the benefit of a free fuel strategy for tomorrow’s race.

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Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 6 September 2008

Today's weather: Cold and overcast but dry, air temperature 16-17°C, track temperature 15-18°C
Best 2008 grid position: 3rd, Jarno Trulli (Malaysia)
Best 2008 race result: 2nd, Timo Glock (Hungary)

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GP Belgium - Qualifying Session Classification


2008 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS NAME NAT TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:46.887 1:46.088 1:47.338
2 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:46.873 1:46.391 1:47.678
3 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:46.812 1:46.037 1:47.815
4 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:46.960 1:46.298 1:47.992
5 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:47.419 1:46.311 1:48.315
6 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:47.154 1:46.491 1:48.504
7 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:47.270 1:46.814 1:48.736
8 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:47.093 1:46.494 1:48.763
9 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.777 1:46.544 1:48.951
10 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:47.152 1:46.804 1:50.319
11 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:47.400 1:46.949
12 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:47.052 1:46.965
13 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:47.359 1:46.995
14 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:47.132 1:47.018
15 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:47.503 1:47.429
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:48.153
17 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:48.211
18 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:48.226
19 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:48.268
20 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:48.447

POLE POSITION LAP
L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:47.338 234.906 KPH

FASTEST LAP OVERALL
H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:46.037 237.788 KPH


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GP Belgium - Third Practice Session Classification


2008 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:47.876 233.735
2 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:48.165 +0.289 233.110
3 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:48.307 +0.431 232.804
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:48.356 +0.480 232.699
5 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:48.692 +0.816 231.980
6 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:48.768 +0.892 231.818
7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:48.815 +0.939 231.718
8 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:48.836 +0.960 231.673
9 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:48.946 +1.070 231.439
10 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:49.054 +1.178 231.210
11 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:49.057 +1.181 231.203
12 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:49.125 +1.249 231.059
13 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:49.250 +1.374 230.795
14 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:49.256 +1.380 230.782
15 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:49.535 +1.659 230.194
16 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:49.830 +1.954 229.576
17 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:49.949 +2.073 229.328
18 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:50.034 +2.158 229.150
19 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:50.061 +2.185 229.094
20 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team -

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05 September


Belgian Grand Prix, Friday


The ING Renault F1 Team began its preparations for the Belgian Grand Prix today as both Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet started their free practice programmes in Spa-Francorchamps.

Fernando Alonso, R28-02 Free Practice 1: P5, 1:48.104, 25 laps
Nelson Piquet, R28-01 Free Practice 1: P10, 1:49.068, 24 laps
Fernando Alonso, R28-02 Free Practice 2: P1, 1:48.454, 21 laps
Nelson Piquet, R28-01 Free Practice 2: P19, 1:51.334, 19 laps

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Slippery


05 | 09 | 08
A competitive showing from Scuderia Toro Rosso in the first three hours of free practice, with drizzly rain making the track extremely slippery for much of the afternoon session.

Both Sebs can be congratulated on keeping their cars on the island, unlike some others, on their way to winding up seventh (Vettel) and thirteenth (Bourdais) at the end of the day, having been seventh and eighth, but in the reverse order in the morning.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso topped the time sheet at the end of the day with a lap in 1:48.454 – yes it’s a long lap here. Second was the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, followed by the McLaren duo of Heikki Kovalainen and series leader Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth and Nico Rosberg was sixth.

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Konichiwa Berger-san


05 | 09 | 08
The regular Japanese F1 media, and there’s quite a lot of them, haven’t had much good news to write about, what with the demise earlier this year of the Super Aguri team and the fact that Honda is not doing too brilliantly right now.

So, our announcement that we will be running Japanese hero Takuma Sato for a day’s testing in Jerez, after the Italian Grand Prix, has sent the Japanese press into a frenzy of speculation and rumour.

So, Gerhard Berger, himself hugely popular in the Land of the Rising Son, since his Honda-powered days as a McLaren driver, decided to treat them all to a mini press conference on Friday afternoon, so they could bombard him with questions: most of them will only really be answered after Taku-san has driven the car.
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No weather for a holiday


05 | 09 | 08
David Coulthard advised people not to come here for their summer holidays after the usual crazy Spa weather moved into action in time for the afternoon’s session.

The treacherous conditions caught out Mark Webber, who spun off early in the session, although our Aussie was pretty happy with how things went in the morning.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso topped the time sheet at the end of the day with a lap in 1:48.454 – yes it’s a long lap here. Second was the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, followed by the McLaren duo of Heikki Kovalainen and series leader Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth and Nico Rosberg was sixth.

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2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX


Date 05 September 2008
Time 10:36
From The Stewards of the Meeting
To The Team Manager Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Document 09
The Stewards, having received a report from the Race Director, have considered the following matter, determine abreach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
N° / Driver 1, Raikkonen K.
Competitor Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Time 10:24
Facts Exceeding the pit lane speed limit, the speed recorded being 64,2 km/h
Offence Breach of Article 30.12 of the 2008 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations
Penalty Fine € 2.500
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2008 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX


Date 05 September 2008
Time 10:28
From The Stewards of the Meeting
To The Team Manager Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

Document 07
The Stewards, having received areport from the Race Director, have considered the following matter, determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor named below and impose the penalty referred to.
N° / Driver 1, Raikkonen K.
Competitor Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Time 10:11
Facts Exceeding the pit lane speed limit, the speed recorded being 71,9 km/h
Offence Breach of Article 30.12 of the 2008 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations
Penalty Fine € 2.400
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


05 Sep. 2008
Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) set the marker on the opening day of running for the ING Belgian Grand Prix by using Bridgestone’s medium compound Potenza tyre to set Friday’s fastest lap time at the 7km Spa Francorchamps race track for the thirteenth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship.

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2008 Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice Report


5 September 2008 - The Force India Formula One Team had a positive start to this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, with Adrian Sutil recording a strong eighth quickest time in the afternoon practice at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Giancarlo Fisichella experienced a productive morning, however his progress was stalled in the final half of the afternoon session by a spin on a river of water running from a tyre barrier Kimi Raikkonen had crashed into on the previous lap. Unfortunately Giancarlo was just a passenger as the car spun and ran into the barriers, damaging the front wing and nosecone.

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix - Free Practice


09-05-2008 Press Release
Weather: cloudy, some rain in the afternoon, 15-17°C Air, 15-17°C Track

Spa-Francorchamps (BE). The Friday practice sessions for the Belgian Grand Prix were in typical Ardennes weather conditions. For the afternoon session the dark grey sky produced the first rain. Inconsistent track conditions made comparisons and proper analysis for the set-up work difficult.

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Belgian Grand Prix - Free Practice 1+2, Friday


2008 Formula 1 World Championship, round 13
5th September 2008
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton finished Friday’s second Free Practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps in third and fourth positions respectively. In a session which was disrupted by light rain and a red flag half an hour before the end, Heikki completed 19 laps and set a time of 1m48.740. Lewis did 17 laps and was on a 1m48.805. In the morning session, Lewis was third fastest with a 1m47.878 (27 laps), whilst Heikki was fourth with a 1m47.932 (24 laps).
This Grand Prix also marks the 40th anniversary of the McLaren team’s first-ever Formula 1 victory, achieved by Bruce McLaren driving a McLaren M7A at Spa-Francorchamps on 9th June 1968.

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BELGIAN GP: FREE PRACTICE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

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5 SEPTEMBER 2008
The Honda Racing F1 Team began its preparations for the Belgian Grand Prix today with the notoriously unpredictable climate at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit keeping the team on its toes throughout free practice.
The team used the two sessions to hone the set-up of its RA108s to the demanding 7.004km track. Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello completed a total of 91 laps as they continued the work carried out at last week’s Monza test, where the team ran its Spa package.
A dry morning session was followed by mixed weather conditions in the afternoon, and although the wet weather tyres were not required, the drivers had to exercise caution on the damp track, with the cool conditions causing a few tyre-warming issues.
Jenson finished the day in 17th position with a time of 1:50.925s, while Rubens was one place further back with a best lap of 1:51.238s. The team will now analyse the data gathered today in order to find further improvements ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session.

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Belgian GP - Treacherous track


Spa-Francorchamps, 5th September - First and second for Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen respectively in the first free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix and then second and fifth in the rain affected afternoon. The conditions in the second session were really treacherous, with light rain turning the track into an ice rink in places, with occasional rivulets of water and the very slippery white-painted kerbs catching out a few drivers. Unfortunately, this included Kimi, who lost some track time as he knocked off the rear wing and damaged the floor on his F2008 when he spun at Turn 9.

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Belgian GP - Free practice


Spa-Francorchamps, 5th September 2008

Free practice - First session

F. Massa: 1st 1.47.284 26 laps chassis 269
K. Raikkonen: 2nd 1.47.623 26 26 laps chassis 271
Weather: air 15/16 °C, track 15/16 °C, overcast with some drizzle.

Free Practice - Second session

F. Massa: 2nd 1.48.504 16 26 laps chassis 269
K. Raikkonen: 5th 1.49.328 10 26 laps chassis 271
Weather: air 17/18 °C, track 17/18 °C, overcast, rain at times.

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Belgian Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 5 September 2008
Today's Weather: Cold and overcast with rain in the afternoon. Air temperature 15-18°C, track temperature 14-17°C
Toyota's Best Belgian GP qualifying: 4th (Jarno Trulli, 2005)
Toyota's Best Belgian GP race result: 7th (Ralf Schumacher, 2005 & Mika Salo, 2002)

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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


FRIDAY 05 SEPTEMBER, 2008
By the end of this afternoon’s practice session, the AT&T Williams team began to derive some gains from the new development parts brought to the FW30 for this race, despite variable weather conditions which made optimisation of these components a more complicated task. Nico Rosberg closed out the day in P6, although Kazuki Nakajima will be looking to improve his feel in the car in tomorrow morning’s last practice session ahead of qualifying.

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GP Belgium - Second Practice Session Classification


2008 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:48.454 232.489
2 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:48.504 +0.050 232.382
3 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:48.740 +0.286 231.877
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:48.805 +0.351 231.739
5 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:49.328 +0.874 230.630
6 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:49.405 +0.951 230.468
7 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:49.427 +0.973 230.422
8 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:49.585 +1.131 230.089
9 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:49.715 +1.261 229.817
10 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:49.725 +1.271 229.796
11 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:49.875 +1.421 229.482
12 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:49.922 +1.468 229.384
13 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:49.948 +1.494 229.330
14 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:50.281 +1.827 228.637
15 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:50.364 +1.910 228.465
16 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:50.740 +2.286 227.690
17 J. BUTTON GBR Honda Racing F1 Team 1:50.925 +2.471 227.310
18 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Honda Racing F1 Team 1:51.238 +2.784 226.670
19 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:51.334 +2.880 226.475
20 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1 1:51.640 +3.186 225.854

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GP Belgium - First Practice Session Classification


2008 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:47.284 235.024
2 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:47.623 +0.339 234.284
3 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:47.878 +0.594 233.730
4 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:47.932 +0.648 233.613
5 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:48.104 +0.820 233.242
6 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:48.428 +1.144 232.545
7 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:48.557 +1.273 232.268
8 S. VETTEL GER Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:48.958 +1.674 231.413
9 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:48.997 +1.713 231.331
10 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:49.068 +1.784 231.180
11 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:49.139 +1.855 231.030
12 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:49.185 +1.901 230.932
13 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:49.611 +2.327 230.035
14 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:49.625 +2.341 230.005
15 D. COULTHARD GBR Red Bull Racing 1:49.849 +2.565 229.536
16 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:49.986 +2.702 229.250
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04 September


f1-pics is back


After an absence of a month www.f1-pics.com is live again.
The site went dead when the server where the site is hosted on broke down.
Now it is on a brandnew server and I'm working hard to restore the website.

Apologies for the incorrect lay-out and missing files

The webmaster
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Massa: "All six races are equally important"


Spa-Francorchamps, 4th September - Felipe Massa had his usual Thursday afternoon meeting with the press, in the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Media motorhome in the Spa paddock and began by expressing his confidence for the coming weekend. "I feel really comfortable here and I still remember the great race I had here last year, being very competitive with my team-mate, Kimi," he began. "I showed I had a good pace in both qualifying and the race and that means I am optimistic about having a good weekend now. But of course, every year is different and this year, the field is very competitive. We have some new parts, on the aerodynamic side for this race, even though we did not test them at Monza, as that track has nothing in common with this one. We still need to improve the car a little bit but I hope that for this race we have done enough to still be ahead of our rivals. However, as we know, if it rains at Spa, it can be a complete lottery, as so many other factors can play their part, like for example when you time your pit stops."

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Raikkonen: "A dry race would be nice"


Spa-Francorchamps, 4th September - Kimi Raikkonen arrived at the circuit where he has won the past three grands prix, at around lunchtime today and had his first encounter with the media in the official FIA Press Conference, where he started by confirming that he would very much like to make it four consecutive Belgian victories. From there it was on to the fact that the current season has not been going quite as well as the Finn had hoped for. "We definitely haven't had all the races going the way we wanted," admitted the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver. "There has been a problem, but it is not the first time and it is not the end of the world. We have been trying to fix them and hopefully we have found something now and we can get back where we should be. Things go wrong sometimes. You have bad races but hopefully now we can have a stronger weekend and get back.
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Conference Call for Mr Vettel


04 | 09 | 08
Seb Vettel was in this afternoon’s official FIA Press Conference today at Spa. Here are the highlights.

Will the next two races at Spa and Monza suit the Scuderia Toro Rosso car?
SV: I think so. Monza is a bit extreme, but I think both kind of circuit, the lay out and the characteristics should suit our car. Here we have a lot of fast corners and I think that should be very good for us and Monza obviously there is a lot of straight lines but I think we have an efficient car so I think we should be in a strong position there as well. But all in all you have to say we have to keep our feet on the ground. In Valencia, as I say, we had the perfect weekend and we even able to follow a bit the pace of the guys in front and that was very surprising. Obviously you cannot expect that to happen every race. We have to focus and we have to try to maximise our own potential every time possible. If we can get some points or get close to the top 10 positions it is very good for us.

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Perfect Spa Car


04 | 09 | 08
What’s the perfect car for Spa? We asked Scuderia Toro Rosso Chief Engineer, Laurent Mekies:

“Spa is a unique track, with a much higher average speed for most of the corners, so that around 80% of the corners which are taken at over 150 km/h speed, which is unusual when compared to the modern F1 tracks. Therefore you need a car that behaves well in mid to high speed corners, with good aero efficiency, because, while you need downforce for the corners, you also have to get good top speed on a very long straight, which is effectively the longest straight of the year if you consider that the Eau Rouge left-right is now flat for everyone, where you can reach speeds of 325km/h. That is why your aero package must be as efficient as possible so that it still allows you to hit a good top end speed.
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The ING Renault F1 Team on the streets of Kiev in Ukraine


04/09/2008
As part of its Roadshow programme, the ING Renault F1 Team is preparing to offer a unique demonstration on the streets of Kiev on the 21st of September: a first for the team in Ukraine.

After Johannesburg and Rotterdam earlier this summer, the ING Renault F1 Team now heads to Eastern Europe where the streets of the Ukrainian capital will echo to the sound the team’s Formula 1 cars.

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Jenson and Rubens on Spa


Jenson Button
Q. What are your thoughts ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend?
“All the drivers love going to Spa, and for me, it is one of the most beautiful circuits that we race on with fantastically green and lush surroundings. For a driver, the circuit has one of those layouts which has everything and gives you a real buzz to drive, just like Suzuka and Silverstone. Eau Rouge is a legendary corner and the feeling when you hit the bottom of the hill, the car touches the ground and you shoot straight back up again is amazing. It’s a crazy corner in the dry and even more so in the wet. The weather can play a big part in the race weekend which is great for us as the car goes well in the wet. It can be raining at one end of the lap but completely dry at the other so you have to be ready and react quickly to whatever the weather throws at you.”

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03 September


Bridgestone Motorsport Belgian Grand Prix Preview


03 Sep. 2008
Fresh from celebrating its 200th Grand Prix, Bridgestone will race towards its next centenary, with its 201st race since 1997, the ING Belgian Grand Prix, round thirteen of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

As a contrast to the all-new Valencia street course, the next event will take place at a now permanent race facility which is steeped in motor racing folklore, Spa Francorchamps.

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Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 13, Belgium GP


03 Sep. 2008
Wet weather running…

Either by luck, or shrewd placement of the F1 calendar, most Formula One races occur in dry conditions. However, as has been seen more than once in the past year, rain does fall on Formula One races and a wet event is a very different proposition from a dry one.

From hot dry weather to heavy rain, Bridgestone has a motor sport tyre to suit, and as Formula One makes its annual visit to the circuit of Spa Francorchamps, thoughts turn to the wet weather tyres.

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Belgian GP - The way to Spa


Spa-Francorchamps, 3rd September - The 2008 Formula 1 season prepares to make its last appearance in Europe with two "back to back" races, starting with the Belgian Grand Prix at the challenging and beautiful Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Last week, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, along with the nine other F1 teams, took part in the penultimate test session of the season at the Monza circuit. This session was aimed primarily at preparation for the Italian Grand Prix and the specific demands of that track. In fact, the majority of preparation for the Belgian Grand Prix and the Spa-Francorchamps track, took place prior to the summer break at the Jerez test and while everyone ran special low downforce Monza aero packages at the test, downforce levels in Spa are in any case, similar to those already experienced in Montreal and Valencia. However, the fact that Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro pushed very hard on its development programme during that summer track break to introduce new elements on the F2008 means that some aspects of the car's package for use at Spa, both aero and mechanical, were evaluated in this most recent Monza test and indeed there will be some aerodynamic updates on track this coming weekend.

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PREVIEW Belgian GP


One of Formula 1’s most revered racetracks, the Spa Francorchamps road course has been a mainstay of the world championship calendar since it began in 1950. Renowned for its thrilling, high-speed corners and the capricious local micro-climate which can throw up blazing sunshine and heavy showers in equal measure, the mighty seven-kilometre circuit is still considered one of modern Formula 1’s greatest challenges.
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Spa-Francorchamps: Tech File


03/09/2008
Spa-Francorchamps is the most complete test of a Formula 1 car on the current calendar with every aspect of the vehicle’s handling tested to the limit.

It combines 320 kph straights with 70 kph hairpins, with several sixth-gear sweepers thrown in for good measure – and, of course, the unique challenge of Eau Rouge. While this section of the circuit and the fast left-hander at Blanchimont may no longer be as testing as they once were, corners such as Pouhon, taken blind in sixth gear, still allow the drivers to make the difference. And all of that is before you factor in the notoriously unpredictable weather in the Ardennes, which can see the circuit soaked at one end and bone dry at the other.

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The Technical Challenge - Spa


The layout of Spa-Francorchamps has remained largely unchanged for many years, so the teams have a great deal of technical data for the track, however this does not make it any less of a challenge.

The lap contains every type of corner, and combined with the long straights, requires a compromised aerodynamic set-up. Cars that are quick in sector two, the twisty middle section of the lap from Turn 5 to Turn 14, usually have an advantage because they can then tune their downforce levels for the long straights that dominate sectors one and three. If a car is struggling through sector two, there is no choice but to put on more wing and that will affect straightline speed.
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AT&T MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF TELECOMS SANS FRONTIERES AT BELGIUM GRAND PRIX


TSF Branding to Appear on AT&T Williams Race Car during Formula 1 Weekend to Highlight Milestone for Charity Supported by AT&T

Spa, Belgium, Sept. 3, 2008 — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced that it would mark the 10th anniversary of the global charity Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), the first humanitarian organization specialised in providing emergency telecommunications, through the placement of the charity’s logo on the AT&T Williams race car of Kazuki Nakajima during the Belgium Grand Prix weekend. AT&T has supported TSF since 2003 through an annual contribution to the French based organisation and this initiative recognizes the continuing global support for TSF by AT&T.

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Richard Cregan to leave Toyota Motorsport GmbH


Monday 1 September 2008

Toyota Motorsport GmbH confirms that Team Manager Richard Cregan will leave his position at the end of November.

Richard, 48, has decided to move on and take an exciting new role elsewhere within motorsport, ending his stay at Toyota Motorsport GmbH 24 years after joining as a rally mechanic. More details of Richard's new position will be confirmed in due course.

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Belgian Grand Prix - Preview


Monday 1 September 2008

ARDENNES ADMIRERS

Panasonic Toyota Racing makes the short trip across the Belgian border this weekend to Spa-Francorchamps, just an hour away from the team's technical centre in Cologne, Germany. The 7.004km Spa-Francorchamps track is the longest on the Formula 1 calendar and hosts the Belgian Grand Prix for the 41st time on Sunday. Its unique mix of high-speed corners and long straights makes it one of the most spectacular and challenging tracks in the world, while the Ardennes weather can be highly unpredictable. Toyota has some aerodynamic updates on the TF108 specifically to cope with the demands of Spa, although last week's successful test at Monza focused more on the upcoming Italian Grand Prix. The team arrives in Belgium with a 10-point cushion in fourth place in the Constructors' Championship following consecutive double-points finishes and the aim this weekend is to strengthen that position while challenging for the podium.

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Safety First: Staying Safe in Formula 1


Monday 1 September 2008

Formula 1 is justly famous for high technology, speed and excitement, but it is arguably the progress made in the field of safety which has been the sport's most remarkable achievement in recent decades.

Accidents will happen, that is an inevitable aspect of motorsport, but in the past 15 years a concerted effort from teams and the FIA has drastically improved the protection offered to drivers and bystanders when those accidents happen.

Compare a car from the early 1990s to the current TF108 and two things stand out: the astonishing progress made in aerodynamics since then, and the apparent vulnerability of drivers in that earlier era.

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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


The penultimate European round of the season takes Formula One to the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Sunday 7 September. The Belgian Grand Prix is one of the oldest on the calendar, having debuted as a World Championship venue in 1950 and hosted 52 Grands Prix at its three race tracks, Spa, Nivelles and Zolder.
Winding through the Ardennes forest, Spa is renowned for its long, sweeping straights and technically challenging, yet fast turns, which have provided the stage for some of the sport’s most epic battles over the years. Corners such as Eau Rouge, Blanchimont and La Source are some of the most evocative in motor racing and combine to make one of the most favoured tracks amongst drivers, teams and fans alike. With just six races outstanding, Spa will provide the perfect stage for another compelling Grand Prix.

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02 September

Buemi And Sato To Test For Toro Rosso


02 | 09 | 08
As the 2008 season moves into its final stages, Toro Rosso is turning its thoughts to its 2009 driver line-up. As part of that process, the team will be putting Red Bull Racing's Sebastien Buemi and Takuma Sato behind the wheel of an STR3, for a day each at the Jerez test following the Italian Grand Prix.

Nineteen-year-old Swiss driver Buemi came through the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme and is currently lying fifth in the GP2 championship and has four GP2 victories to his name.

Takuma Sato is Japan’s most successful racing driver. The 31 year old has competed in 91 Grands Prix, his best result being a third place finish in the 2004 USA Grand Prix. Taku made the switch from two wheels to four, having been a successful cycle racer in his native Japan. He first made the headlines when he won the hotly contested British Formula 3 championship in 2001, before joining the Jordan F1 team the following year. Three years with BAR Honda followed that, before he joined Super Aguri in 2006. He stayed with the team until it pulled out of the sport after this year’s Spanish GP.

“The time has come to try and find a suitable replacement for Vettel, who is joining Red Bull Racing next year,” explained Team Principal Franz Tost. “The Jerez test, the last one of the season, will give us an opportunity to evaluate Buemi and Sato at the same time, as they are both possible candidates for a 2009 seat. Buemi is an obvious candidate, because not only is he already part of the Red Bull family, he is currently performing well in the GP2 series. As for Sato, he has proved worthy of a place in Formula 1 and would be a good fit with the Red Bull spirit, while his recent F1 experience would be undoubtedly valuable to our team.”

"I am delighted to be given this opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, after my season was cut short following the Spanish GP,” commented Sato. “It will be especially interesting working with a team that has made so much progress over the course of the year."

Buemi will test on 17th September and Sato on 18th.
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Massa: "I think this is the best circuit on the current calendar"


Maranello, 2nd September 2008 - "I have had a busy time since winning in Valencia and now, from that completely new street circuit, in a couple of days we go to one of the oldest and most challenging tracks in the world at Spa. In between these two races, I spent two days testing in Monza last week and generally the results were positive, although my work load was aimed entirely at the Italian Grand Prix and I did not really try anything specifically for the Spa circuit. Even though I was concentrating on the demands of the Monza track, we did a lot of mileage which was important from the reliability point of view for this weekend in Belgium, especially on the engine front.

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Raikkonen: "I've only good memories of this race"


Maranello, 2nd September 2008 - We're on the eve of one of the race weekends I really like. The Belgian GP is one of the highlights of the season and I usually obtain a good result at Spa. I need it more than ever after the results of the last races. The last race for example was one of those one should forget as fast as possible. It's a shame to be involved in many negative stories, but these things happen: it wasn't for the first time and it might not have been the last in my career. You just have to know how to cope with these situations. When I was in school it was never nice to get back home with a bad mark. The only thing you could do was working harder for the next time. Today the only thing I can do is to react to this negative situation.

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