30 April


BMW Sauber F1 Team - Spanish Grand Prix - Preview


30.04.2009 Press Release 8th – 10th May 2009
5th of 17 World Championship races

Munich/Hinwil, 30th April 2009. With all eyes focused on the challenge ahead in the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, the BMW Sauber F1 Team engineers at the factories in Hinwil and Munich are working flat out on improvements to the F1.09. The team will line up for the first race of the European season in Barcelona on 10th May with an initial development package in place.
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Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 5, Spain GP


30 Apr. 2009
Choosing the right tyre…

Tyres are an essential ingredient for a Formula One car, as they are the only part of the car that touches the road, but choosing the correct tyre for a circuit is not a simple task.

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World Motor Sport Council: Statement


Oxford, UK, 30 April 2009. The Williams F1 team acknowledged the FIA World Motor Sport Council decision to introduce a budget cap for 2010 at its meeting on 29 April 2009.
Frank Williams said, “Williams has supported the introduction of a budget cap since the idea was first put forward early in 2008. Since then FOTA has made tremendous steps forward on costs but the rationale for a budget cap has also grown even stronger. We would like to see all the teams operating to one set of regulations and under a budget cap in 2010 and that is the position we will be advocating within FOTA when we meet next week. We understand that this will represent a serious challenge for some of the teams but we expect that FOTA will work together to find a unified and constructive way to take the FIA’s initiative forward.”
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Formula One Cost Cap Q&A 30/04/2009


Why does Formula One need cost capping?

Formula One faces a period of great uncertainty during this harsh recessionary period. Funding a team is increasingly seen as a discretionary spend for the majority of team owners and sponsors. To ensure a healthy grid all are agreed that costs need to be cut.

Two main philosophies have emerged, either i) reduce activity levels through very restrictive technical rules, plus a degree of standardization if required; or ii) restrict the money that teams are allowed to spend (cost capping).

The FIA believes that unfettered technical competition is part of Formula One’s DNA, and would like to see this flourish, but in an environment of strong, responsible and innovative management, not a spending race. For these reasons cost capping is preferred.

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World Motor Sport Council 30/04/2009


An extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council was held in Paris on 29 April 2009. The following decisions were taken:
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SPANISH GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Martin Whitmarsh
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Our decision to introduce performance updates at each race rather than concentrate all our developments into a single upgrade package has helped us score some reasonable points in the opening flyaway races. With our rivals expected to introduce some more substantial improvements in Barcelona this weekend, we once again expect a fight to score points. And while the high-downforce nature of the Circuit de Catalunya may show up some of MP4-24’s shortcomings, everyone within the team remains confident and motivated that we can sustain the momentum we have gathered to push and close the gap to the front this weekend.”
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World Motor Sport Council 29/04/2009


At an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council held in Paris on 29 April 2009, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes admitted five charges of breaching article 151c of the International Sporting Code relating to events at the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix.
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28 April


Bahrain Grand Prix Debrief - Q+A with Jarno Trulli


Tuesday 28 April 2009
Were you happy with third place in the race?
To be honest, I was disappointed because qualifying went so well and expectations were high that we could challenge for Toyota's first victory. I expected more than third place but it wasn't to be unfortunately, although I did set the fastest lap of the race which shows the potential of the car.
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27 April


BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX REVIEW


27 APRIL 2009
SYNOPSIS
Despite encouraging practice pace, the AT&T Williams team were unable to convert early promise into points at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix and return home from a six week trip to the Far East with just 3.5 points on the board.
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GP Bahrain Results: No Oasis In The Desert


26 | 04 | 09
Sébastien Bourdais: 13th; Sébastien Buemi: 17th
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Sensational First Quarter


26 | 04 | 09
That’s it, four out of 17 races means it’s pretty much the quarter point of the season and we’ve picked up the same number of podium finishes in four races as we did in the past three years.
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GP Bahrain: Three Podiums In Seven Days


26 | 04 | 09
Sebastian Vettel secured his second podium of the season, coming runner-up to Jenson Button in Sakhir. Mark Webber moved up to 11th after starting 17th on the grid.
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GP Bahrain - Race


Sakhir, 26th April 2009
K. Raikkonen: 6° 1:32.30.239 + 42.057, 57 laps, Chassis 276
F. Massa: 14° 1:31.55.017 + 1 giro, 56 Laps, Chassis 275
Weather: air temperature 38/36 °C, track temperature 51/49 °C, sunny.
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Bahrain GP - Points at last!


Sakhir, 26th April 2009 - Kimi Raikkonen finished the Bahrain Grand Prix in sixth place, driving an attacking race to bring home the first points of the season, (three) for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. Felipe Massa finished fourteenth, an early nose change ruining his race, so an improvement, albeit a small one in terms of performance and reliability, as the first part of this long campaign ends and the European season begins in Spain in a fortnight. But 3 points means the blank scoreboard now has some numbers on it. In the past, the move to Europe was often considered the “real” start of the championship. With significant aerodynamic updates due to be fitted to the F60 when it appears at the Circuit de Catalunya, this will be the fervent hope of everyone at Ferrari.
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2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday


It was a hot afternoon in Sakhir as Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet finished in 8th and 10th places in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Having picked up another point, the team is now 5th in the constructors’ championship with 5 points. The team’s attention now turns to the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks time for the start of the European season.
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26 April


2009 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - RACE


SAKHIR, 26 APRIL
Brawn GP's Jenson Button achieved his third victory of the 2009 Formula One season today at the end of an exciting Bahrain Grand Prix. Team-mate Rubens Barrichello brought his Brawn-Mercedes car home in fifth position to score valuable points and consolidate the team's lead in the Constructors' Championship after the opening four rounds.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Bahrain Grand Prix Report


26 Apr. 2009
Brawn GP driver Jenson Button used a super soft – super soft – medium tyre strategy to win a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix in searing hot conditions at the Bahrain International Circuit.
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2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Report


26 April 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team has achieved yet another solid double finish in today's Bahrain Grand Prix. Giancarlo Fisichella brought his VJM02 home in 15th position, with Adrian Sutil under three seconds behind in 16th following a physically challenging race that saw both cars running firmly in the competitive midfield.
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2009 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX


Sakhir, Sunday April 26
MARTIN WHITMARSH – team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“A great drive by Lewis today; he made no mistakes during the race and pushed aggressively. Without the pace to match the Toyotas, Brawns or Red Bulls, fourth place was a very strong result and it’s even more pleasing that we are steadily moving closer to their pace. A podium was in our grasp today but we didn’t quite make it. With Heikki, we fuelled him long and took a risk starting on the prime tyre. But we had to stop earlier than anticipated and lost too much time among other cars attempting a similar strategy, so that was disappointing. Overall, however this circuit possibly flattered us a little, but we’ve nonetheless made substantial progress over the past few weeks. Our competitors won’t stand still but we will keep improving until we get back to where we expect to be – at the front.”
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BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – RACE


SUNDAY 26 APRIL, 2009
An altogether more predictable Grand Prix unfolded at Bahrain’s International Circuit today which compounded its reputation as one of the most hostile racing environments on the calendar as temperatures reached a sweltering 55°C in the cockpit. Effectively fighting from last place following a second lap incident which resulted in a premature stop for a new front wing, Kazuki Nakajima was unable to recover any significant ground during the race and, with only eight laps to go, was ultimately forced into retirement following an oil pressure problem. Nico Rosberg lost position at the start but soon settled into a consistent pace among the melee of top ten drivers. Traffic, however, compromised Nico’s strategy and prevented him from improving upon his position leaving him to conclude the Grand Prix where he started, in ninth and just outside of the points.
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Bahrain Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 26 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing is celebrating its third podium of 2009 after Jarno Trulli took third place at today's Bahrain Grand Prix. On another sweltering day, Jarno started on pole with Timo alongside him on P2, both on the super soft tyre.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - Race


26.04.2009 Press Release Weather: sunny and dry, 35-36°C Air, 47-50°C Track
Sakhir (BH). The Chinese Grand Prix was bad, and the Bahrain GP even worse. Thanks to starting from rather hopeless grid positions, the BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers found themselves at the back of the pack after being involved in first corner incidents. Robert Kubica finished 18th and Nick Heidfeld 19th. The team now awaits the update of the F1.09 for the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Race Classification after 57 Laps - 308.238 Kms


2009 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - Sakhir

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME/GAP KPH
1 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 57 1:31:48.182 201.456
2 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 57 +7.187 201.193
3 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 57 +9.170 201.121
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 57 +22.096 200.651
5 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 57 +37.779 200.083
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 57 +42.057 199.929
7 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 57 +42.880 199.899
8 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 57 +52.775 199.544
9 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 57 80 +58.198 199.349
10 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 57 +65.149 199.101
11 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 57 +67.641 199.012
12 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 57 +77.824 198.649
13 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 57 +78.805 198.614
14 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 56 +1 LAP 197.673
15 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 56 +1 LAP 197.427
16 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 56 +1 LAP 197.339
17 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 56 +1 LAP 197.284
18 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 56 +1 LAP 197.251
19 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 56 +1 LAP 197.042
NOT CLASSIFIED
K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 48 DNF 196.713
FASTEST LAP
J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:34.556 on lap 10 206.049

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Bahrain GP - The “oasis” of Q3

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Sakhir, 25 April 2009 - The fact that getting both F60s into the top ten on the grid is considered a decent result for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, clearly shows the state of play at the moment, but it is an encouraging sign that Felipe Massa, eighth on the grid felt the car had improved slightly. Kimi’s tenth place came down to the fact that, in order to make sure of getting into Q3, he had used all his new soft tyres in the earlier parts of the session and had to make his final run on worn ones. With one car already in a points position and the other not far off, the Scuderia tackles tomorrow’s fourth round of the world championship in the hope of finally bringing home its first points of the season.
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25 April


Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


25 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre allowed Panasonic Toyota Racing driver Jarno Trulli to qualify on pole and head up the first ever all-Toyota front row for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
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Bahrain GP - Qualifying session


Two cars in the top ten: that’s the outcome of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, with Felipe Massa in eighth place and Kimi Raikkonen tenth.
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2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Saturday


Today's qualifying session saw Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet qualify in 7th and 15th places respectively for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix.
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GP Bahrain: Qualifying


25 | 04 | 09
Sebastian Vettel: 3rd 1:32.680; Mark Webber: 19th 1:34.038
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GP Bahrain: Qualifying


25 | 04 | 09
Sébastien Buemi: 17th 1:33.753; Sébastien Bourdais: 20th 1:34.159
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2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


25 April 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team will start tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix from its highest grid slot so far this season following yet another ultra competitive qualifying session. Adrian Sutil will line up for the 57 lap race in 16th position while team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella will start from 18th. Adrian was only one tenth from Q2 while Giancarlo was two tenths behind in the team's strongest qualifying performance so far this year.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying


25.04.2009 Press Release Weather: dry and sunny, 36-38°C Air, 45-51°C Track
Sakhir (BH). Neither BMW Sauber F1 Team driver was satisfied with qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Robert Kubica was 13th while his team mate, Nick Heidfeld, finished 14th. Besides a general lack of the car’s performance, both were struggling with an inconsistent car balance.
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2009 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


SAKHIR, 25 APRIL
In an intense qualifying hour at the heat-soaked Bahrain International Circuit, the Brawn GP team's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello qualified in fourth and sixth positions respectively for Sunday's 57-lap Bahrain Grand Prix.
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2009 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING ANALYSIS


Sakhir, Saturday April 25
MARTIN WHITMARSH – team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“After our top-10 qualifying position in Shanghai last weekend, today’s performance once again shows that we are continuing to make progress with MP4-24. Lewis’s top-five position is a fantastic achievement and, considering he began the first race of the season from 18th on the grid, a fantastic indicator of just how much progress the team has made. Of course, while our qualifying positions mark the team’s best Saturday performance of the season, they were made without compromise to our race pace; both Lewis and Heikki are well placed to pick up some more points for the team tomorrow.”
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Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 25 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing is celebrating its best ever qualifying performance after Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock locked out the front row for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix. On a blisteringly hot and sunny day at the Bahrain International Circuit, air temperatures ranged from 35-38�C while the track was 47-51�C. Timo had set the fastest time during the morning practice session but he also suffered an electronics glitch. This afternoon he and Jarno did their first runs in Q1 on the medium compound tyre before switching to the super soft for the rest of the afternoon. They both sailed into Q3 and put together great laps. Jarno took pole with Timo alongside him on P2. Toyota will now look to make the most of this perfect start to the weekend in tomorrow's race.
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BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 25 APRIL, 2009
At a blisteringly hot Bahrain International Circuit, where ambient temperatures peaked at 38°C this afternoon, both AT&T Williams drivers executed the transition from the opening Q1 round of qualifying into Q2 today. Kazuki Nakajima ended up just one and half tenths short of progressing through to Q3 and will take the 12th slot on the grid for tomorrow’s race. Team mate Nico Rosberg faired only slightly better. Making it into the final shoot out session, and therefore leaving his run of Q3 appearances so far this season unblemished, Nico will line up in P9 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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Qualifying Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - Sakhir


POS NAME NAT TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3
1 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:32.779 1:32.671 1:33.431
2 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:33.165 1:32.613 1:33.712
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:32.680 1:32.474 1:34.015
4 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:32.978 1:32.842 1:34.044
5 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.851 1:32.877 1:34.196
6 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:33.116 1:32.842 1:34.239
7 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:33.627 1:32.860 1:34.578
8 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:33.297 1:33.014 1:34.818
9 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:33.672 1:33.166 1:35.134
10 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:33.117 1:32.827 1:35.380
11 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.479 1:33.242
12 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:33.221 1:33.348
13 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:33.495 1:33.487
14 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:33.377 1:33.562
15 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:33.608 1:33.941
16 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:33.722
17 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.753
18 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:33.910
19 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:34.038
20 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.159
POLE POSITION LAP
J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:33.431 208.530 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:32.474 210.688 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - Sakhir

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:32.605 210.390
2 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:32.728 +0.123 210.111
3 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:32.906 +0.301 209.708
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.975 +0.370 209.553
5 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:32.986 +0.381 209.528
6 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:33.176 +0.571 209.101
7 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:33.195 +0.590 209.058
8 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:33.302 +0.697 208.818
9 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:33.397 +0.792 208.606
10 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:33.415 +0.810 208.566
11 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:33.443 +0.838 208.503
12 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.478 +0.873 208.425
13 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:33.482 +0.877 208.416
14 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:33.534 +0.929 208.300
15 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:33.586 +0.981 208.184
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:33.686 +1.081 207.962
17 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.720 +1.115 207.887
18 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:33.726 +1.121 207.874
19 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:33.962 +1.357 207.351
20 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.990 +2.385 205.107

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GP Bahrain - Friday Practice


24 | 04 | 09
Session one: Sébastien Bourdais (19) 1:35.353; Sébastien Buemi (20) 1:35.369. Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1:33.647.
Session two: Sébastien Buemi (13) 1:34.127; Sébastien Bourdais (14) 1:34.366. Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg 1:33.339
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GP Bahrain - Friday Practice


24 | 04 | 09
Session one: Mark Webber (9) 1:34.827; Sebastian Vettel (12) 1:34.938. Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1:33.647.
Session two: Sebastian Vettel (4) 1:33.661; Mark Webber (5) 1:33.676. Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg 1:33.339
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2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Friday


The ING Renault F1 Team completed a busy day of practice in preparation for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
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Bahrain GP - The hottest day of the racing year


Sakhir, 24th April 2009 – Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen ended the afternoon ninety minute free practice session in sixteenth and eighteenth places respectively. The Finn completed a total of 47 laps over today’s three hours of track time, the Brazilian 51.
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Bahrain GP - Free practice


Sakhir, 24th April 2009
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro was back on track today for the Bahrain Grand Prix free practice, at a circuit where it carried out two winter test sessions in preparation for the season. In conditions very different to those experienced last February, the team worked solely on race preparation, both in terms of assessing the performance of the Bridgestone tyres and in a comparison of two different configurations on the F60. “Our car is unchanged from the way it was in Shanghai and therefore, we couldn’t expect a different picture,” commented Stefano Domenicali. “Our aim is to bring home some points: we have to be realistic and at the moment, we cannot aspire to more than that. We have to tackle this difficult phase with a cool head, working on all fronts to try and get back to being competitive as soon as possible.”
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - Practice


24.04.2009 Press Release Weather: sunny and dry, 33-38°C Air, 44-55°C Track
Sakhir (BH). After the wet and cold Chinese Grand Prix the Formula 1 teams were practicing in dry desert heat with air temperatures up to 38 degree Celsius at the Bahrain International Circuit. Because its track lay-out favours the use of the kinetic energy recovery system both BMW Sauber F1.09 are fitted with it. Nick Heidfeld was second and last in the two 90 minute practice sessions on Friday, while Robert Kubica came third in the morning and 17th in the afternoon.
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2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice Report


24 April 2009 - Just five days after the Chinese Grand Prix, the Force India Formula One Team took to the track at the Sakhir International Circuit for the first of the practice sessions ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


24 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre proved to be the fastest rubber on track in Sakhir for the first day of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg’s AT&T Williams set the day’s fastest lap time in the afternoon practice session held in hot and sunny weather conditions. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton used the medium compound to go fastest in the similar conditions of the morning session.
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Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 4, Bahrain GP


24 Apr. 2009
Rubber size does matter…
As far as racing tyres are concerned, size does matter, and for Bridgestone in Formula One the size of its slick racing tyres is a hot topic at the moment.
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24 April


BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


Nico Rosberg:
You can only ever compare your performance to other race weekends so, relatively, I think we are looking ok.
We’ve done a lot of set-up work today and I am quite happy with everything so we’ve made good progress. The team brought some new parts to Bahrain and they seem to be working well so thanks to our aero guys for their continuing hard work in developing the car. I am really convinced that we will be able to do something positive at this race and to get the points that the car is worth.
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2009 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE ANALYSIS


Sakhir, Friday April 24
MARTIN WHITMARSH – team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“We are satisfied with the progress we made today. Given MP4-24’s performance deficit, we run these sessions with considerable discipline to ensure that the improvements we make to the car are very rigorously tested in the field. Our times in first practice were a little flattering but our afternoon programme was encouraging. Having only raced in Shanghai last week, we don’t have too many upgrades for the car, but we have succeeded in finding a decent balance for MP4-24 and that certainly gives us a good foundation for the rest of the weekend.”
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2009 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE

SAKHIR, 24 APRIL
The Brawn GP team began its preparations for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Round Four of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir today.
In very hot weather conditions with ambient temperatures reaching 37°C and track temperatures peaking at 57°C, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello successfully completed their Friday testing programmes in the two Brawn-Mercedes cars. [Read More!]
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Bahrain Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 24 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing began preparations for the Bahrain Grand Prix with two full practice sessions today. After the wild weather of the early races of 2009, it was sunny at the Bahrain International Circuit, with air temperatures ranging 32-37�C and track from 43-57�C. Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock had busy days collecting data for Saturday and Sunday. Both drivers used only the medium Bridgestone tyre compound in the morning but they sampled both that and the super soft in the afternoon. The team will now analyse the information to finalise set-up for qualifying and the race.
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Second Practice Session Classification

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2009 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - Sakhir

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:33.339 208.735
2 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:33.530 +0.191 208.309
3 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:33.616 +0.277 208.118
4 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:33.661 +0.322 208.018
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:33.676 +0.337 207.984
6 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:33.694 +0.355 207.945
7 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:33.763 +0.424 207.791
8 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:33.764 +0.425 207.789
9 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:33.885 +0.546 207.521
10 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:33.899 +0.560 207.491
11 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.994 +0.655 207.281
12 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:34.025 +0.686 207.212
13 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.127 +0.788 206.988
14 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.366 +1.027 206.464
15 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:34.411 +1.072 206.365
16 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:34.564 +1.225 206.031
17 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:34.605 +1.266 205.942
18 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:34.670 +1.331 205.801
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:34.764 +1.425 205.597
20 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:34.790 +1.451 205.540

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First Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - Sakhir
POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.647 208.049
2 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:33.907 +0.260 207.473
3 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:33.938 +0.291 207.404
4 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:34.227 +0.580 206.768
5 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:34.434 +0.787 206.315
6 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:34.502 +0.855 206.167
7 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:34.531 +0.884 206.103
8 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:34.589 +0.942 205.977
9 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:34.827 +1.180 205.460
10 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:34.827 +1.180 205.460
11 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:34.880 +1.233 205.345
12 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:34.938 +1.291 205.220
13 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:34.974 +1.327 205.142
14 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:35.021 +1.374 205.040
15 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:35.036 +1.389 205.008
16 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:35.042 +1.395 204.995
17 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:35.333 +1.686 204.369
18 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:35.348 +1.701 204.337
19 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.353 +1.706 204.327
20 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.369 +1.722 204.292

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23 April


BRAWN GP AND NCE EXTEND TEAM SUPPLIER PARTNERSHIP


BRACKLEY, 23 APRIL 2009
Brawn GP is pleased to announce the extension of its team supplier partnership with IT Storage and Virtualisation specialist NCE.
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BRAWN GP AND ENDLESS ADVANCE CONTINUE TECHNICAL PARTNERSHIP


BRACKLEY, 23 APRIL 2009
Brawn GP is pleased to confirm the continuation of its team supplier partnership with Endless Advance for a sixth consecutive year.

Through its European operating agent, Endless Brake Technology Europe based in Sweden, Endless will provide the Brawn GP team with its RF-650 competition brake fluid throughout the 2009 Formula One season. Since its creation ten years ago, Endless Brake Technology Europe has been a market leader in Europe for advanced motorsport brake technologies.
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22 April


2009 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


SAKHIR, 24-26 APRIL
Taking place just one week after the Chinese Grand Prix, Round Four of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship sees the sport arrive in the Middle East for the first of two visits this season for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday 26 April.
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21 April


Bridgestone Motorsport Bahrain Grand Prix Preview


21 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone will participate in its fourth grand prix in five weeks when the medium and super soft compound Potenza slick tyres are used at this weekend’s Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, held on 24-26 April.
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Chinese Grand Prix Debrief - Q+A with Timo Glock


Tuesday 21 April 2009
How do you judge your start to the season?
It has been a good start to the season for me and the team. From a personal point of view it was really positive to be on the podium in just the second race but it also gave the team consecutive podiums after Jarno's third place in Australia. China was a little disappointing overall but it has been great to start the season with a competitive car which is capable of fighting for podiums. I am happy with my performances; I've scored a lot of points already despite some difficult circumstances and I have to thank the team for that as well because they have worked really hard.
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Bahrain Grand Prix Preview Q+A - Dr Ricardo Ceccarelli, Team Doctor


Tuesday 21 April 2009
What work do you do with the team?
I am like a family doctor travelling with the team so I deal with every problem that comes up. I have a small pharmacy with me and I treat team members so they can recover as soon as possible and work at their best. If the condition is more serious I decide whether it is necessary to visit the medical centre or even a hospital, where I stay with them to make sure they receive the proper care. I also work with team members to make sure they are generally looking after themselves as well as possible; for example I prepare a special mineral drink and distribute this in the garage during the race to make sure they are hydrated properly. The aim is to make sure every team member is as fit as possible to do their job - a driver can't stay in the hotel on a Sunday afternoon to recover and neither can anyone else in the team.
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BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Lewis Hamilton
“I’m looking forward to Bahrain. It’s a circuit I enjoy and I think it should be good for us – the nature of the circuit, the long straights and the heavy braking zones mean it is a theoretically strong place for KERS. In fact, it’s got the highest brake-wear of the season so far, so it will be interesting to see how well KERS can be exploited around the lap.
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20 April


International Court of Appeal - Decision 20/04/2009


On 15 April the FIA International Court of Appeal decided to deny the appeals submitted against decisions numbered 16 to 24 taken by the Panel of the Stewards on 26 March at the 2009 Grand Prix of Australia and counting towards the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Full reasons for this decision are available here.
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BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


At a Glance
When Friday April 24 to Sunday April 26, 2009
Where Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain
Round 4 of 17
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - Preview


19.04.2009 Press Release 24th – 26th April 2009
4th of 17 World Championship races
Preview.
Munich/Hinwil, 19th April 2009. The caravan moves swiftly on: this weekend sees the fourth race in the FIA Formula One World Championship, held in the desert kingdom of Bahrain. It was here in 2008 that Robert Kubica gained the first pole position for the BMW Sauber F1 Team.
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Monday 20 April 2009

Bahrain Grand Prix - Preview

Date: Sunday 26 April, 2pm CET
Round: 4 of 17
Venue: Bahrain International Circuit
Distance: 5.412km (57 laps)
Lap record: 1min 30.252 (2004)
History: The first Bahrain Grand Prix was held in 2004 at the Bahrain International Circuit, which has held the race every year since. In 2006, Bahrain had the honour of being the first race of the season.
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19 April


Adrian Sutil Q&A: 'We should all be very proud of this race'


Adrian Sutil put in another brilliant wet weather performance for Force India in China, running as high as sixth - ahead of Lewis Hamilton - before aquaplaning caught him out and pitched him into the tyre wall with less than six laps to go. Adrian had started with a light fuel load, but the team changed strategy in the early laps behind the safety car by bringing him in and giving him more fuel. Once the race finally got going he pitted again on lap 19 and filled up to run to the flag in what was in effect a one-stop strategy. Running a very heavy car and keeping his extreme wet tyres alive for such a long stint was a huge challenge. We asked him for his thoughts on the race.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Chinese Grand Prix Report


19 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone’s wet tyres were the tyre of choice in trying conditions for the Chinese Grand Prix held at the Shanghai International Circuit where Sebastian Vettel took Red Bull Racing’s first and his second Formula One victory.
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Chinese GP - Still no points when a podium looked possible


Shanghai, 19th April 2009 - Kimi Raikkonen finished the Chinese Grand Prix in tenth place, while Felipe Massa retired on the twenty first lap, parking his F60 at the side of the track, with an electrical problem, when he looked to be heading for a third place, following a fantastic drive up to that point.
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Chinese GP - Race


Shanghai, 19th April 2009
K. Raikkonen: 10th, 1:59.15.235 + 1.31.750, 56 Laps
F. Massa: R, 46.32.964 Lap 21, 20 Laps
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Race


19.04.2009 Press Release Weather: rain, 19-20°C Air, 18-19°C Track

Shanghai (CN). A Grand Prix to forget! The wet Shanghai race left the BMW Sauber F1 Team empty handed. Both drivers were involved in a couple of the numerous incidents due to aquaplaning and poor visibility. In the end Nick Heidfeld finished 12th just ahead of his team mate, Robert Kubica.
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2009 Chinese Grand Prix Race Report


19 April 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team put in its most competitive performance yet in today's rain-lashed Chinese Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil was just six laps from scoring the team's first-ever World Championship points after an aggressive strategy and mistake-free drive put him into sixth position in the closing stages of the race. The German pitted and refuelled on lap four under the first safety car period and then again on lap 19, allowing him to move steadily up the field until he was fighting with defending world champion Lewis Hamilton for sixth. Sadly the rain increased just minutes from the end and, on worn tyres, Adrian was unable to catch his car from aquaplaning off the track and into the barriers.
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Nice weather for ducks…..and great weather for Bulls


19 | 04 | 09
“Enjoy this moment” were the words Sebastian Vettel screamed over the radio as he crossed the line to give Red Bull Racing its first ever Grand Prix win, in its fifth year in the sport.
And why just settle for a win, when you can have a one-two instead and courtesy of an equally brilliant performance from Mark Webber, that’s exactly what we did.
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We won! (and we came second)


19 | 04 | 09
Bloody fantastic wasn’t it? Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished first and second in the Chinese GP to give the team its first victory in F1 and pick up a handsome tally of 18 points which now puts us second place in the Constructors' Championship.
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Victory - and second place - in China


19 | 04 | 09
Congratulations to our drivers and team as Sebastian Vettel took our first ever win in China today - with Mark Webber taking second place.
In a race which started behind the safety car and saw spins, crashes and shunts, Vettel lead for nearly every lap with Webber battling with Button.
After a faultless 56 laps in terms of drive and strategy, Sebastian took the honours from pole finishing ten seconds ahead of his team-mate.
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GP China - Bullseye!


19 | 04 | 09
Vettel wins again! Unfortunately, he seemed to be driving for someone else today, when he put on a display every bit as masterful as last year’s Monza win with us, to comfortably take his second F1 career win, ahead of team-mate Mark Webber.
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GP China - Results


19 | 04 | 09
Sébastien Buemi: 8th 1:56.833; Sébastien Bourdais: 11th 2:00.689

It was more points on the board for Toro Rosso with Buemi coming in eighth during a very wet Chinese Grand Prix.
It was won by former Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Vettel in our sister team's maiden victory.
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2009 Chinese Grand Prix Sunday


It was an afternoon of unrealised potential the ING Renault F1 Team as both Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet ended the Chinese Grand Prix outside the points. Wet conditions saw the race start under the safety car, which impacted on the team’s strategy and meant the team spent the afternoon fighting through the field. Fernando’s eventful race saw him finish in 9th while Nelson came home 16th.
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2009 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - RACE


SHANGHAI, 19 APRIL
Brawn GP's Jenson Button took his third consecutive podium of the 2009 Formula One season at the end of a rain-soaked Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit today. Team-mate Rubens Barrichello finished in fourth position to secure further valuable points for the team's championship challenge.
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CHINESE GRAND PRIX – RACE


SUNDAY 19 APRIL, 2009
Rain continued to play a part in this year’s World Championship as today’s Chinese Grand Prix played out under steady rainfall creating difficult conditions for the drivers and a host of cars falling off the race track throughout the 56 laps. With the race started under the safety car, the team opted to alter Nico’s strategy, bringing him in early from seventh position. Unfortunately, an unexpectedly premature end to the safety car period left Nico at the back of the pack and unable to recover position leaving him in P15 at the end of the race. Kazuki’s afternoon was similarly fruitless. After several excursions off the race track, his race ended on lap 43 following the team’s first mechanical failure since the Spanish Grand Prix last year.
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2009 CHINESE GRAND PRIX


MARTIN WHITMARSH – team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“First of all, I want to offer our hearty congratulations to all at Red Bull Racing on the occasion of their first grand prix win. Sebastian drove a great race – and well done, too, to our old friend Adrian Newey. As for our team, Heikki scored a very well deserved four points for an impressive fifth place. It isn’t at all easy to drive a faultless race in conditions like those we faced today, but Heikki did just that. Lewis pressed hard all afternoon – and, when you do that, occasionally you run wide or spin. Lewis duly did so – but, in truth, his was a great drive, too.
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Chinese Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 19 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing will leave China with two points after a hard day's work at the second rain-affected race of 2009. Following a dry week, the heavens opened just hours before the race, which started behind the safety car in the wet conditions. Timo Glock started from the pit lane with a heavy fuel load on wet Bridgestone tyres. He initially made up ground with a number of passing moves and he was up to 11th by the second safety car period.
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Race Official Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - Shanghai
after 56 Laps - 305.066 Kms

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 S.VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:57:43.485 155.480
2 M. WEBBER AUS Red Buli Racing 1:57:54.455 +10.970 155.239
3 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:58:28.460 +44.975 154.497
4 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:58:47.189 +63.704 154.091
5 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:58:48.587 +65.102 154.061
6 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:58:55.351 +71.866 153.915
7 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:58:57.961 +74.476 153.858
8 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:58:59.924 +76.439 153.816
9 F. ALONS0 ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:59:07.794 +84.309 153.647
10 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:59:15.235 +91.750 153.487
11 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:59:17.641 +94.156 153.435
12 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:59:19.319 +95.834 153.399
13 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:59:30.338 +106.853 153.163
14 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:58:08.816 +1 LAP 152.157
15 N. R0SBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:58:31.069 +1 LAP 151.680
16 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:58:16.406 +2 LAPS 149.229
17 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:47:11.887 +6 LAPS DNF 152.442
NOT CLASSIFIED
K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&TWiliiams 1:35:35.114 DNF 43 LAPS 147.012
F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 46:32.964 DNF 20 LAPS 140.276
J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 44:42.841 DNF 18 LAPS 131.405
FASTEST LAP
R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:52.592 on lap 42 174.289

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BRAWN GP AND RAY-BAN CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP


SHANGHAI, 19 APRIL 2009
Brawn GP is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with Ray-Ban for a sixth successive season. Ray-Ban, the world's leading sunglasses and optical eyewear brand, entered Formula One with the team in July 2004 and the relationship has provided a powerful global platform for promoting the brand's iconic identity.
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18 April


Chinese Grand Prix - qualifying analysis18th April 2009


NORBERT HAUG – vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
“A great job by Lewis and the team – since the beginning of the season we have taken steps forward. I believe we have a first-class strategy. There will be cars ahead of us which will make early pitstops, beginning approximately with lap 10, but we want to cover two and a half times as much until our first stop. In Q1, Lewis was fourth, two and half tenths behind first place, in Q2 he was sixth, six tenths behind the best time – at least, we are making progress compared to Melbourne and Sepang. Two BMWs and one Ferrari will start behind us – we have the best-placed car with KERS in the field; we are heading in the right direction, but anyway there is still a lot of work to do. Unfortunately, Heikki missed Q3 by just 0.063sec – that must be annoying for him and the team which truly deserved two cars in the top 10 as a reward for their hard work. However, 12th is not too far behind 10th.”
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Chinese GP - More suprises


Shanghai, 18th April 2009 - Kimi Raikkonen will start the Chinese Grand Prix from the fourth row of the grid, in eighth place, while Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team-mate, Felipe Massa will watch the lights go out tomorrow afternoon from thirteenth spot on row seven.
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Chinese GP - Qualifying session


Shanghai, 18th April 2009
F. Massa: 13° 1.36.033, 5 laps
K. Raikkonen: 8° 1.38.089, 6 laps
Chassis: F. Massa 275, K. Raikkonen 276
Weather: air temperature 23 °C, track temperature 40/41 °C, sunny.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying


18.04.2009 Press Release Weather: dry and sunny, 22-25°C Air, 33-38°C Track
Shanghai (CN). The BMW Sauber F1 Team faces a challenging Chinese Grand Prix with Nick Heidfeld having missed the final qualifying session by just a hundredth of a second and Robert Kubica starting from only 18th.
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2009 Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


18 April 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team had a tougher day today as preparations for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix continued. Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella got a solid performance from the VJM02 in free practice and qualifying for the race at the Shanghai International Circuit, however will line up in 19th and 20th positions respectively after yet another ultra competitive session. The pair will now be looking to have a stronger race tomorrow and consolidate the team's perfect finishing record so far this year.
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GP China Qualifying - Bravissimo Buemi! Race 3: First Q3


18 | 04 | 09
Sebastien Buemi made it through to the top ten for the first time for the team this season and will start in tenth place on the grid. Bourdais is in 16th place. Here are the drivers' reactions to qualifying in Shanghai...
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2009 Chinese Grand Prix Saturday


Today’s qualifying session saw Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet qualify in 2nd and 16th places respectively for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix.
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GP China – Vettel on Pole!


18 | 04 | 09
Sebastian Vettel secured our first ever pole in Shanghai and, with Mark on P3, this makes today the team's best qualifying session.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


18 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre allowed driver Sebastian Vettel to set his second pole position, and Red Bull Racing’s first ever, with a lap of 1min 36.184secs at Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix. Vettel took pole by just under two tenths from ING Renault’s Fernando Alonso with Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) in third, meaning the top three fastest cars were all Renault powered.
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2009 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


SHANGHAI, 18 APRIL
Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button qualified in fourth and fifth positions for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix after a closely-fought qualifying hour at the Shanghai International Circuit today.
The two Brawn GP drivers completed two runs in each of the three qualifying sessions with Jenson topping the timesheets in Q1 and Rubens just behind after using the prime tyre for their first run and the softer option for the second.
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CHINESE GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 18 APRIL, 2009
In another fiercely fought qualifying battle, AT&T Williams team drivers Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima both eased into Q2, Nico entering in P5 and Kazuki in P15. Kazuki, however, was unable to progress past Q2 and was left in P15 at the flag. Glock’s five place penalty promotes Kazuki to fourteenth on the grid for tomorrow’s race. Nico fared somewhat better making it into the final round of qualifying, therefore maintaining his unblemished record this season, and ended the deciding session with the seventh fastest time of the day.
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Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 18 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing will head into tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix with one car on row three of the grid after a tight qualifying session at the Shanghai International Circuit. On a sunny day in China, air temperatures ranged from 22-25°C while the track was 33-38°C. Timo Glock's day got off to an unfortunate start when he had a gearbox problem early in the morning practice session. That required a gearbox change and left him with a five-place grid penalty.
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Qualifying Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - Shanghai

POS NAME NAT TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3
1 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:36.565 1:35.130 1:36.184
2 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:36.443 1:35.803 1:36.381
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:35.751 1:35.173 1:36.466
4 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:35.701 1:35.503 1:36.493
5 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:35.533 1:35.556 1:36.532
6 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.308 1:35.645 1:36.835
7 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:35.941 1:35.809 1:37.397
8 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.137 1:35.856 1:38.089
9 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.776 1:35.740 1:38.595
10 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.284 1:35.965 1:39.321
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:36.525 1:35.975
12 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.646 1:36.032
13 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.178 1:36.033
14 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.364 1:36.066
15 K. NAKAJIMA JPN T&T Williams 1:36.673 1:36.193
16 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.906
17 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:36.908
18 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:36.966
19 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:37.669
20 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:37.672
POLE POSITION LAP
S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:36.184 204.021 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:35.130 206.281 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - Shanghai

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:36.133 204.129
2 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.272 +0.139 203.834
3 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.330 +0.197 203.712
4 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.463 +0.330 203.431
5 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:36.464 +0.331 203.429
6 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.528 +0.395 203.294
7 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.547 +0.414 203.254
8 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:36.560 +0.427 203.227
9 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.568 +0.435 203.210
10 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.642 +0.509 203.054
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:36.702 +0.569 202.928
12 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:36.742 +0.609 202.844
13 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.742 +0.609 202.844
14 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.834 +0.701 202.651
15 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:37.330 +1.197 201.619
16 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:37.349 +1.216 201.579
17 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:37.534 +1.401 201.197
18 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:37.732 +1.599 200.789
19 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:38.003 +1.870 200.234
20 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:39.110 +2.977 197.998

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17 April


Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


17 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre proved to be the fastest rubber on track at Shanghai for the first day of the Chinese Grand Prix. Jenson Button’s Brawn set the day’s fastest lap time in the afternoon practice session held in sunny weather conditions. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton used the hard compound to go fastest in the morning session.
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Second Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - Shanghai

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:35.679 205.098
2 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:35.704 +0.025 205.044
3 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:35.881 +0.202 204.666
4 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:36.105 +0.426 204.189
5 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:36.167 +0.488 204.057
6 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.217 +0.538 203.951
7 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:36.377 +0.698 203.612
8 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.548 +0.869 203.252
9 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.674 +0.995 202.987
10 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.800 +1.121 202.723
11 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:36.829 +1.150 202.662
12 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.847 +1.168 202.624
13 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.941 +1.262 202.428
14 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:37.054 +1.375 202.192
15 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.219 +1.540 201.849
16 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:37.273 +1.594 201.737
17 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:37.491 +1.812 201.286
18 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:37.544 +1.865 201.176
19 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:37.638 +1.959 200.983
20 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:37.750 +2.071 200.752

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First Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - Shanghai


POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:37.334 201.610
2 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:37.450 +0.116 201.370
3 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:37.566 +0.232 201.131
4 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:37.672 +0.338 200.913
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:37.752 +0.418 200.748
6 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:37.764 +0.430 200.724
7 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:37.860 +0.526 200.527
8 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:37.894 +0.560 200.457
9 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:38.089 +0.755 200.059
10 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.195 +0.861 199.843
11 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:38.223 +0.889 199.786
12 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:38.274 +0.940 199.682
13 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.307 +0.973 199.615
14 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:38.319 +0.985 199.591
15 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:38.418 +1.084 199.390
16 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:38.456 +1.122 199.313
17 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:38.460 +1.126 199.305
18 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:38.463 +1.129 199.299
19 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:38.730 +1.396 198.760
20 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:38.825 +1.491 198.569

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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Free Practice


17.04.2009 Press Release Weather: sunny and dry, 16-19°C Air, 26-34°C Track
Shanghai (CN). As usual on a Friday, the BMW Sauber F1 Team used both free practice sessions for race preparation. For the first time the kinetic energy recovery system was not only used on Nick Heidfeld's car, but also on the F1.09 of Robert Kubica. Both 90 minute sessions went without any technical failures.
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2009 CHINESE GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE ANALYSIS


Shanghai, Friday April 17
MARTIN WHITMARSH – team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“The team, both at the track and back in the factory, has done a fantastic job to get these bodywork upgrades to Shanghai – and initial analysis would suggest that they have contributed to a slight uplift in our overall competitiveness. We are still working on MP4-24’s overall balance, but nonetheless concluded some productive tyre evaluation work. Heikki’s day was compromised by a hydraulic system problem which failed to adjust his front wing flaps correctly, a fault that distracted both him and his engineers from their regular programme.”
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2009 CHINESE GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


SHANGHAI, 17 APRIL
Brawn GP's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello were in action at the Shanghai International Circuit today in the first of the practice sessions ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

After completing early installation laps, the first practice session really got underway for the team after thirty minutes with Jenson and Rubens beginning their respective Friday programmes. For the remaining hour of the session, the pair worked on the balance of their BGP 001 cars and fine-tuning the set-up to the demands of the 5.451km track.
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Chinese Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 17 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing today began preparations for the Chinese Grand Prix with a day of practice at the Shanghai International Circuit. The teams normally come to the city later in the season so conditions are cooler than usual here. Despite a sunny day, the air temperature ranged from 16-20°C and the track temperature from 26-34°C. Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock both had full days of practice as they work towards Saturday and Sunday. The TF109s feature aerodynamic updates here and they collected useful data throughout both sessions. During the morning session, Jarno had a slow in-lap due to an electrical problem but it did not hamper his programme. In the afternoon both drivers sampled the softer of the two Bridgestone tyre compounds in preparation for qualifying and the race.
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BRAWN GP CONFIRMS THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH SWISS FX BROKER, M I G INVESTMENTS


SHANGHAI, 17 APRIL 2009
Brawn GP is pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with successful foreign exchange trading company, M I G Investments.
Based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, M I G Investments is a leading Swiss Forex broker founded and managed by the Mansour family. The company has experienced strong growth since its foundation in 2003, with 70 employees providing specialised FX services to clients in over 120 countries. In December 2008, M I G Investments submitted its application for a Swiss banking license.
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Chinese GP - Putting it in perspective


Shanghai, 17th April 2009 - It’s no secret that Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is struggling to be competitive at the moment. However, Felipe Massa put this into perspective when, at the end of the first three hours of free practice for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, he pointed out that this was really nothing serious compared to what had happened to the victims of the earthquake that hit the Abruzzo region of Italy on the night after the Malaysian Grand Prix.
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Chinese GP - Free practice


Shanghai, 17th April 2009
“Abruzzo nel cuore” (Abruzzo in our hearts.) This message of solidarity with the people of the area hit by an earthquake on 6th April, appeared this morning on the Ferrari F60s of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, here at the Chinese Grand Prix. “President Montezemolo was keen to give a sign of support for everyone who lived through this tragedy and we are proud for our cars to carry the name of a region of Italy which is very close to our hearts, especially at a time like this,” commented Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali. “As for today’s track activity, I can say it turned out much as we had expected. We will have to run a few races on the defensive and try and do the best we can. Clearly, without KERS, we lose a bit of performance and initial indications are that we are not seeing any improvement in the balance of a car that, let’s not forget, was designed to carry this system. We are in a difficult situation and we must try and stay calm and work hard on all fronts.”
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2009 Chinese Grand Prix Free Practice Report


17 April 2009 - The third event of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship got underway today at the modern Shanghai International Circuit, China, with two 90 minute free practice sessions. As the track is unused for racing activities for the greater part of the year it typically takes some time for a layer of rubber to be laid down and, with this in mind, Force India adjusted its programme to conduct the bulk of the running in the afternoon's session.
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GP China Friday Practice


17 | 04 | 09
Session one: Bourdais (10) 1:38.195; Buemi (13) 1:38.307; Session two: Bourdais (10) 1:36.800; Buemi (15) 1:37.219
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2009 Chinese Grand Prix Friday


The ING Renault F1 Team completed a busy day of free practice in Shanghai in preparation for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
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CHINESE GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


Nico Rosberg: It’s been an interesting day for us. We’ve learnt a lot, particularly about the tyres and how to get the best out of them here. The one major thing for us at the moment though is that this season we have consistency from one track to another. We’re now going to a race and not getting any big surprises as we seem to have learnt from our mistakes from last year.
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Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 3, China GP


14 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone – the unbeatable tyre…
Because Bridgestone are the official tyre to the FIA Formula One World Championship and now the MotoGP Series, this year no other tyre will finish ahead of Bridgestone’s tyres in the world’s premier motorsport categories.
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15 April


ICA’s response


Maranello, 15th April 2009 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro has taken note of the ICA’s decision to reject the appeal placed by Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro together with the ING Renault F1 Team, Red Bull Racing and the BMW Sauber F1 Team regarding the conformity of three single-seaters to the Technical Regulations.

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Horner: Defuser decision ‘disappointing’


15 | 04 | 09
F1’s court of appeal has ruled against the challenge from ourselves and three other teams and declared the double defuser used by Brawn, Toyota and Williams as legal.

The decision was described as 'disappointing' by Red Bull Racing's principal Christian Horner, but he said the team will now develop our own version of the rear aerodynamic part.
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STATEMENT FROM THE BRAWN GP TEAM

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BRACKLEY, 15 APRIL 2009
Following the hearing in Paris on Tuesday 14 April, the International Court of Appeal today confirmed that the Brawn GP team's BGP 001 car is fully compliant with the 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations.
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Toyota Motorsport GmbH statement


Wednesday 15 April 2009
Toyota Motorsport is pleased to hear the FIA International Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Australian Grand Prix stewards concerning the rear diffuser on our car.
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International Court of Appeal - Decision

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15/04/2009
The FIA International Court of Appeal has decided to deny the appeals submitted against decisions numbered 16 to 24 taken by the Panel of the Stewards on 26 March at the 2009 Grand Prix of Australia and counting towards the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Based on the arguments heard and evidence before it, the Court has concluded that the Stewards were correct to find that the cars in question comply with the applicable regulations.

Full reasons for this decision will be provided in due course.

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14 April


Chinese GP - Uncertain climate


Maranello, 14th April 2009 - There are have been five Chinese Grands Prix to date and Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro can claim to have a good record in this relatively new fixture, as it has won three of them.
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Chinese Grand Prix Preview, 17 - 19 April 2009


14 April 2009 - This year’s Chinese Grand Prix will be third race of the 2009 championship, a change from recent years when it has featured towards the end of the season. However the addition of Abu Dhabi as the season finale means that Shanghai has been moved to April to help ensure a balance of ¡¥flyaways’ and China will now form a double header race with Bahrain.
Following a strong double finish in Australia and improved pace in Malaysia, the Force India Formula One Team will go to the Chinese race with the aim of translating its early-season promise into results.
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2009 CHINESE GRAND PRIX, PREVIEW


SHANGHAI, 17-19 APRIL
Just six months after Formula One's last visit to China, the sport's calendar returns to Shanghai this week for Round Three of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship. Earlier in the season than its traditional autumn date, this year's Chinese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 19 April at the Shanghai International Circuit, located 40kms from the city.
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Chinese Grand Prix Preview Q+A with Pascal Vasselon


Tuesday 14 April 2009
Can you explain why tyres have such an impact on car performance?
Tyres have a huge impact on car performance simply because they are the car's only contact with the ground. To make a car quick you have to be able to generate acceleration and these forces go through the tyres. You can have anything you want on the car but if the tyres are not able to generate the proper friction coefficient you get nowhere. In fact, this has developed to be one of the two major performance factors in Formula 1.
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13 April


CHINESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


At a Glance
When: Friday April 17 to Sunday April 19, 2009
Where: Shanghai International Circuit, China
Round 3 of 17
Standings N Rosberg 3.5 pts (7th), K Nakajima 0 (15th), AT&T Williams 3.5pts (5th)
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Chinese Grand Prix - Preview


Monday 13 April 2009
Date: Sunday, 19 April, 9am CET
Round: 3 of 17
Venue: Shanghai International Circuit
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12 April


A first balance


Maranello, 12th March - After 8,635 kilometres of testing and two weeks before the start of the Formula One Championships, it's time for a first balance: Stefano Domenicali, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Team Principal, is the best man for this job. We met him this morning in Maranello and asked him some questions.

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11 April


BMW Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Preview


17th – 19th April 2009
3rd of 17 World Championship races
Preview.
Munich/Hinwil, 9th April 2009. Following the spectacular PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix that saw Nick Heidfeld take second for the BMW Sauber F1 Team, the Chinese Grand Prix is now next on the weekend of 17th to 19th April. Previously always held in the autumn, the GP will this time take place in spring.
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10 April


Bridgestone Motorsport Chinese Grand Prix Preview


09 Apr. 2009
The highly technical and challenging Shanghai International Circuit hosts the third round of the FIA Formula One World Championship where Bridgestone tyres will once more be seen in action after just a week’s break from the last race.

Changes to the calendar mean that the Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix takes place just six months after the last event here. That race was won by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton using a hard-hard-medium tyre strategy. [Read More!]
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09 April


CHINESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

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Lewis Hamilton
“I really enjoy racing in Shanghai – the track is a good blend of fast and slow stuff and it throws up a few nice challenges for the drivers. Finding the right set-up is important, you need speed and balance through the high-speed corners but decent mechanical grip for the hairpins. We got it spot-on last year, and while I don’t expect us to enjoy that sort of performance advantage this season, I think we’re all looking forward to a good showing. Hopefully, some of the upgrades we’ve added to MP4-24 for this race will have a benefit: it would be very encouraging if we could qualify a little further up the grid and be regularly challenging for points.”
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07 April


DC’s Guide To The Shanghai International Circuit


07 | 04 | 09
The next stop for Formula One is China. Usually one to look forward to (for some…) at the end of the calendar, after the chaos and the rain of Sepang, it’s another circuit which is affected by the weather. Here’s Mr Coulthard’s guide to the Chinese race:
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McLaren acknowledges FIA World Motor Sport Council appearance


7th April 2009
McLaren acknowledges receipt of an invitation to appear at an FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on April 29, received this afternoon.
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World Motor Sport Council


07/04/2009
EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF THE WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has been invited to appear before an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday, 29 April, 2009, to answer charges that, in breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code, it
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Malaysian Grand Prix Debrief - Q+A with Timo Glock


You started the race and finished the race in third, but it wasn't as simple as that was it?
Absolutely not. It was a really tricky race, especially from a strategy point of view and then when the rain really came down it was impossible to drive in those conditions. For me it was really action-packed and a lot of fun. I lost some places at the first corner but on the intermediate tyres I was the fastest guy on the track so I overtook plenty of cars and then I was fighting right at the front. It was pretty unbelievable.
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05 April


GP Malaysia: Result


05 | 04 | 09
Mark Webber:6th; Sebastian Vettel: DNF
Sod's law - We finished in the points with Mark but on a day when the points positions were only worth half their normal value, as the race failed to make the three quarter distance.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Malaysian Grand Prix Report


05 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone Potenza intermediate and wet tyres made their first race appearance of 2009 as severe rain fell on the Sepang circuit after a dry race start with everyone on the soft compound dry tyre, causing the Malaysian Grand Prix to be stopped after 32 laps, with Jenson Button awarded the win.
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2009 Malaysian Grand Prix Race Report


5 April 2009 - Torrential rain, biblical lightening storms, a curtailed race and the first half-points finish since the Australian Grand Prix 1991 will be the footnotes for today's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Due to a monsoon-like downpour the race was suspended on lap 31 and then ultimately brought to a premature end just before 19:00hrs due to fading light conditions. Force India's Adrian Sutil was classified 17th at the finish and Giancarlo Fisichella 18th, however the latter had unfortunately slid wide on the drenched track just one lap before the race was halted.
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Malaysian GP - Race


Sepang, 5th April 2009
F. Massa: 9° 56.47.554, Gap + 1.16.932, 31 Laps - Chassis 275
K. Raikkonen: 14° 57.53.463, Gap + 2.22.841, 31 Laps - Chassis 276
Weather: air temperature 31/28 °C, track temperature 37/33 °C, cloudy then rain.
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Malaysian GP - A new approach needed


Sepang, 5th April 2009 - No points for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro drivers at the end of a totally chaotic Malaysian Grand Prix. Felipe Massa was classified ninth and Kimi Raikkonen fourteenth. The only slight consolation is that because the race was stopped before three quarter distance, those drivers who did finish in the points will only be awarded half points.
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GP Malaysia: Result


05 | 04 | 09
Séastien Bourdais: 10; Sébastien Buemi: retired
HOW UNEXPECTED ! RAIN IN MALAYSIA IN THE AFTERNOON!
What a waste of time that was, coming all the way to Malaysia for a race that didn't go the distance and where those that
scored points only got half of them, as the race was stopped well before three quarter distance because of the rain that
always falls here in the afternoon. And when we say rain, we mean a great big tropical thunderstorm.
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2009 Malaysian Grand Prix Sunday


It was a disappointing afternoon for the ING Renault F1 Team as both Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet ended a very wet Malaysian Grand Prix outside the points. A heavy rain storm at the mid-way point saw the safety car deployed before the race was eventually red-flagged on lap 32 and was not restarted.
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Malaysian GP Race


05 April 09
The AT&T Williams team enjoyed a field-leading advantage for the early part of this evening’s Malaysian Grand Prix, after Nico Rosberg took the race lead from the start and was pulling away from the field until his first stop on lap 15. Soon after threatening lightening and stiffening winds took longer to materialise into fully wet track conditions and precipitated a flurry of pitstops throughout the field as teams tried to anticipate the need for intermediate or full wet tyres in the variable conditions. The stops shuffled the order until the deluge of rain that had been anticipated, finally arrived and the race was red-flagged shortly after on lap 31. Nico was classified in P8 and Kazuki Nakajma in P12, but without the race reaching three quarter distance, only half points were awarded.
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


SEPANG, 5 APRIL
Brawn GP's Jenson Button continued his perfect start to the 2009 Formula One season as he took his second successive Grand Prix victory today when the Malaysian Grand Prix was stopped after 31 laps following a torrential downpour. Team-mate Rubens Barrichello also had a strong race to bring his Brawn-Mercedes car home in fifth position.
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Malaysian Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 5 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing claimed its second consecutive podium finish during an incredible rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit. Timo Glock scored the second podium finish of his career while Jarno Trulli, who had been fighting for the lead throughout, also took strong points as reward for a battling race in difficult conditions.
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


MARTIN WHITMARSH – team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“The extremely changeable dry-wet conditions made today’s race a very challenging one for all competitors – but, as ever, Lewis’s ability shone brightly in the gathering gloom and the race brought another really impressive performance from him. He kept his head throughout, and the result was a hard-earned point for seventh place. That may not sound like a great deal by our usually high standards – but, given where he started, it’s a step in the right direction. Overall, then, in testing conditions the team did a great job – as did Lewis.”
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian GP - Race


05.04.2009 Press Release Weather: dry at the start, heavy rain, 24-30°air, 24-40°C track, humidity 75-97 percent
Sepang (MAL). In a dramatic PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix, BMW Sauber F1 Team driver, Nick Heidfeld, finished second. After the race was started in dry conditions, heavy rain forced the race director to red flag it early. Robert Kubica, was unlucky and had to stop on lap two due to an engine problem. Because, as required by the regulations, the drivers were not able to complete 75 percent of the race distance they will only receive half the points.
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Race Preliminary Classification after 31 Laps - 171.833 Kms


2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Kuala Lumpur
POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 31 55:30.622 185.730
2 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 31 55:53.344 +22.722 184.472
3 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 31 55:54.135 +23.513 184.428
4 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 31 56:16.795 +46.173 183.191
5 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 31 56:17.982 +47.360 183.126
6 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 31 56:22.955 +52.333 182.857
7 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 31 56:31.355 +60.733 182.404
8 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 31 56:42.198 +71.576 181.823
9 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 31 56:47.554 +76.932 181.537
10 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 31 57:12.786 +102.164 180.203
11 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 31 57:20.044 +109.422 179.822
12 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 31 57:26.752 +116.130 179.472
13 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 31 57:27.335 +116.713 179.442
14 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 31 57:53.463 +142.841 178.092
15 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 30 54:03.504 DNF 184.567
16 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 30 54:30.736 DNF 183.030
17 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 30 55:58.426 +1 LAP 178.251
18 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 29 53:16.065 DNF 181.062
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5 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1 2:02.738 DNF 162.579
2 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 0 DNF
FASTEST LAP
22 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.641 on lap 18 206.483

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04 April


Malaysian GP - Costly Assumptions


Sepang, 4 April 2009 – Kimi Raikkonen qualified ninth for the second round of the world championship, while Felipe Massa is down on the ninth row in sixteenth spot. To put it bluntly, it is not a promising first step for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


04 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone’s soft tyre allowed Jenson Button to set an exciting pole lap of 1min 35.181secs at Sepang for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Button took pole by just over nine hundredths from Panasonic Toyota Racing’s Jarno Trulli. Track conditions were improved from Friday, with more rubber down, but teams and drivers still struggled to find the best compromises with the exciting new cars and Bridgestone’s slick tyres.
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GP Malaysia: Qualifying Result


04 | 04 | 09
Mark Webber will start from fifth tomorrow and Vettel 13th, despite Seb qualifying third fastest on the day.
It was another strong afternoon’s performance from our team, car and drivers.
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GP Malaysia: Qualifying Result


04 | 04 | 09
Buemi went off into the gravel on his fastest lap so will start from the back of the grid tomorrow, Bourdais will start 15th after making it the first Q2 for the team this year.

So there were many positives to come from this afternoon’s qualifying sessions – one of the most significant was the consistency of the STR4.
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2009 Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


4 April 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team will start tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix, the second race of the 2009 F1 season, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil in 18th and 19th positions respectively. The duo were evenly matched over the day, also posting the two fastest speeds down the straight, and were just tenths from making the cut into Q2.
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


SEPANG, 4 APRIL
QUALIFYING
Jenson Button took his second successive pole position today in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit maintaining his and the Brawn GP team's perfect start to the 2009 Formula One season.

Team-mate Rubens Barrichello qualified in fourth having battled with understeer with his car throughout qualifying. Rubens will incur a five-place grid penalty ahead of tomorrow's 56-lap race after a gearbox change.
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Malaysian GP - Qualifying session


Sepang, 4th April 2009
Qualifying session
Felipe Massa: 16th 1.35.642 4 laps
Kimi Raikkonen: 9th 1.36.170 6 laps
Chassis: F. Massa 275, K. Raikkonen 276
Weather: air temperature 31/30 °C, track temperature 39/35 °C, partially cloudy.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian GP - Qualifying


04.04.2009 Press Release Weather: dry, 33-29°air, 47-36°C track, 63-80 % humidity
Sepang (MAL). In the heat of the Sepang International Circuit Robert Kubica qualified eighth for the PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix. His team-mate in the BMW Sauber F1 Team, Nick Heidfeld, just missed the top ten qualifying and came 11th. Due to penalties for other drivers, Robert gains two and Nick one position.
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Malaysia Qualifying: Seventh And Last Rows


04 | 04 | 09
It’s inevitable that every team has to look on the bright side, while remaining realistic about what it’s achieved, so if the seventh and last rows of the grid are not exactly worth writing home about, there are some positives to retain from this afternoon.
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2009 Malaysian Grand Prix Saturday


Today¡¯s qualifying session saw Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet qualify in 9th and 17th places respectively for tomorrow¡¯s Malaysian Grand Prix.
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Malaysian GP Qualifying


04 April 09
The AT&T Williams team held approximate station with their qualifying performance just a week ago in Melbourne, setting up the prospect of a good opportunity to challenge for a points finish in tomorrow’s race. Nico Rosberg led the team’s performance into Q3 and used a scrubbed set of softer option tyres to record the sixth fastest time of the day with his race fuel on board. Kazuki Nakajima missed the possibility of joining his team-mate in the final qualifying shoot-out by less than a tenth of a second, but professed himself comfortable with his car and confident of a good race tomorrow with the additional advantage of the freedom to set his race fuel – a tactic which saw him prosper in Australia. Both drivers will be assisted by grid penalties for two competitors that will see Nico Rosberg promoted to P4 for tomorrow’s start and Kazuki Nakajima will start from eleventh place.
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Malaysian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 4 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing will start the Malaysian Grand Prix with two cars in the top three after a close qualifying session at Sepang International Circuit today. The session started in late afternoon with threatening rain clouds gathering but air temperatures nevertheless of 29-30°C and track temperatures of 36-40°C.
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING ANALYSIS


Sepang, Saturday April 4
MARTIN WHITMARSH – team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“We always knew that qualifying would be difficult around Sepang because MP4-24 lacks the aerodynamic downforce needed to match the top teams. That’s no fault of either Lewis or Heikki, who have driven faultlessly all weekend: they just lack the grip needed to get the most from the car through the high-speed corners. Of course, starting 12th and 14th is not where we are accustomed to starting grands prix, but we are confident that the improvements we are preparing for the forthcoming races will allow us to quickly move into the midst of the tight pocket of cars competing for times in Q3.”
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Qualifying Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Kuala Lumpur

POS NAME NAT TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3
1 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:35.058 1:33.784 1:35.181
2 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:34.745 1:33.990 1:35.273
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:34.935 1:34.276 1:35.518
4 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:34.681 1:34.387 1:35.651
5 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:34.907 1:34.258 1:35.690
6 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:35.083 1:34.547 1:35.750
7 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:35.027 1:34.222 1:35.797
8 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:35.166 1:34.562 1:36.106
9 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:35.476 1:34.456 1:36.170
10 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:35.260 1:34.706 1:37.659
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:35.110 1:34.769
12 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:35.341 1:34.788
13 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.280 1:34.905
14 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.023 1:34.924
15 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.507 1:35.431
16 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:35.642
17 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:35.708
18 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:35.908
19 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:35.951
20 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.107
POLE POSITION LAP
J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:35.181 209.651 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:33.784 212.774 KPH

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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


Document 22
Date: 04 April 2009
Time: 15:15
From: The Stewards of the Meeting
To: The Team Manager BMW Sauber F1 Team
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


Document 20
Date: 04 April 2009
Time: 14:10
From: The Stewards of the Meeting
To: The Team Manager Panasonic Toyota Racing
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Third Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Kuala Lumpur

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:35.940 207.992
2 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:36.048 +0.108 207.758
3 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.089 +0.149 207.669
4 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.132 +0.192 207.577
5 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.189 +0.249 207.454
6 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:36.194 +0.254 207.443
7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.322 +0.382 207.167
8 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:36.325 +0.385 207.161
9 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.519 +0.579 206.744
10 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.541 +0.601 206.697
11 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:36.563 +0.623 206.650
12 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.657 +0.717 206.449
13 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.742 +0.802 206.268
14 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:37.004 +1.064 205.711
15 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:37.026 +1.086 205.664
16 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:37.032 +1.092 205.651
17 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:37.118 +1.178 205.469
18 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.282 +1.342 205.123
19 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.322 +1.382 205.038
20 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:37.398 +1.458 204.878

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03 April


Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


03 Apr. 2009
Bridgestone’s soft tyre proved to be the fastest rubber on track at Sepang for the first day of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen’s Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro set the day’s fastest lap time in the afternoon practice session held in hot but cloudy weather conditions. AT&T Williams driver Nico Rosberg used the hard compound to go fastest in the morning session.
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2009 Malaysian Grand Prix Free Practice Report


3 April 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team today completed the opening day of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit some 60km from the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Under increasingly cloudy skies, Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil recorded times just over a second from the fastest lap of the day, with Giancarlo 12th and 19th in the morning and afternoon sessions respectively, and Adrian 15th and 16th.
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Malaysian GP - Back to the old days?


Sepang, 3rd April 2009 - Kimi Raikkonen quickest, with Felipe Massa in second place, just 0.125 seconds slower than his Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team-mate. That was how the time sheet looked at the end of the day’s second 90 minute free practice session. Therefore, after the very unusual time sheets we had seen throughout the Melbourne weekend, could it be the case that the old order has returned to Formula 1, given that the Brawn GP cars, for whom the word dominant is not strong enough to describe their Australian performance, ended today in sixth and seventh places.
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Malaysian GP - Free practice session


Sepang, 3rd April 2009
Almost 650 kilometres completed by the Ferrari F60s of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, in the two sessions of free practice that got the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend underway. The two Ferrari men ended the day at the top of the time sheet, with Kimi ahead of Felipe by little more than one tenth.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian GP - Practice


03.04.2009 Press Release Weather: dry, 28-33°C air, 35-48°C track, 50-70 % humidity

Sepang (MAL). The BMW Sauber F1 Team focussed on race preparation in the two free practice sessions for the PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix, with both running without any technical problems.
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Malaysian GP Practice


03 April 09
Nico Rosberg: We had a very good day and made a lot of set-up changes, and made good progress in finding a way forward. We also completed a good tyre test which is important as I think we now have a good idea of what is going on with the tyres for this circuit. Everything worked out well today and of course we all had our first sessions driving in the heat, but I think my fitness preparation over the winter has helped a lot.
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2009 Malaysian Grand Prix Friday


The ING Renault F1 Team began its preparations for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet completed their programmes in today’s two free practice sessions in Sepang. Fernando Alonso
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GP Malaysia: Friday Practice


03 | 04 | 09
Mark Webber session one: 8th 1:36.703, session two: 5th 1:36.026; Sebastian Vettel session one: 9th 1:36.747; session two: 3rd 1:35.954.
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GP Malaysia: Friday Practice


03 | 04 | 09
Sébastien Buemi session one: 17th 1:37.634; session two: 13th 1:36.628; Sébastien Bourdais: session one: 19th 1:38.022; session two: 18th 1:37.278
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


Document 14
Date: 03 April 2009
Time: 17:00
From: The Stewards of the Meeting
To: The Team Manager BMW Sauber F1 Team
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


Document 10
Date: 03 April 2009 Time: 15:37
From: The Stewards of the Meeting
To: The Team Manager Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


Document 06
Date: 03 April 2009 Time: 11:03
From: The Stewards of the Meeting
To: The Team Manager Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
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2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX


Document 77
From: The Stewards of the Meeting
To: The Team Manager Panasonic Toyota Racing
Date: 02 April 2009 Time: 15:00
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2009 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX


Document 76
From: The Stewards of the Meeting
To: The Team Manager Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Date: 02 April 2009 Time: 15:00
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Second Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Kuala Lumpur

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:35.707 208.498
2 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:35.832 +0.125 208.226
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:35.954 +0.247 207.962
4 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:36.015 +0.308 207.830
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:36.026 +0.319 207.806
6 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.161 +0.454 207.514
7 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.254 +0.547 207.313
8 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:36.290 +0.583 207.236
9 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.397 +0.690 207.006
10 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:36.401 +0.694 206.997
11 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.515 +0.808 206.753
12 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.516 +0.809 206.751
13 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.628 +0.921 206.511
14 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.639 +0.932 206.488
15 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:36.640 +0.933 206.485
16 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:36.875 +1.168 205.985
17 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:37.267 +1.560 205.154
18 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.278 +1.571 205.131
19 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:37.432 +1.725 204.807
20 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:37.930 +2.223 203.765

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First Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Kuala Lumpur

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:36.260 207.301
2 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:36.305 +0.045 207.204
3 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.430 +0.170 206.935
4 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:36.487 +0.227 206.813
5 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.561 +0.301 206.654
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:36.646 +0.386 206.473
7 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:36.699 +0.439 206.359
8 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:36.703 +0.443 206.351
9 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:36.747 +0.487 206.257
10 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.980 +0.720 205.762
11 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:36.982 +0.722 205.757
12 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:37.025 +0.765 205.666
13 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:37.039 +0.779 205.636
14 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:37.199 +0.939 205.298
15 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:37.241 +0.981 205.209
16 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:37.395 +1.135 204.885
17 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.634 +1.374 204.383
18 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:37.640 +1.380 204.371
19 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.022 +1.762 203.574
20 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.483 +2.223 202.621

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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


SEPANG, 3 APRIL
Just five days after the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Brawn GP's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello took to the track at the Sepang International Circuit in the first of the practice sessions ahead of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE ANALYSIS


Sepang, Friday April 3
HEIKKI KOVALAINEN
MP4-24-03
P1 programme
7 laps - 1m38.483s (20th)
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Malaysian Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 3 April 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing started its second race weekend of the season with two 90-minute free practice sessions for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit today. Typically hot conditions, with air temperature from 28-33°C and track temperature from 33-48°C, greeted Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock.
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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes suspends sporting director Dave Ryan


This morning, Dave Ryan was suspended from his position as sporting director of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.
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02 April


Massa: “re-start our championship here”


Sepang, 2 April – Asked what had been the most worrying aspect about the Scuderia’s Australian showing, Felipe Massa thought for a moment before providing a one word answer – “ both!” Explaining in more detail, the Ferrari man added, “it was a concern that we were not the quickest car on the track and we didn’t finish the race so the reliability was also something to think about.”
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Malaysian GP - Hamilton disqualifyed, Trulli third again


Sepang, 2nd April - Another interesting day during the turbulent start of this year's Formula 1 season. Four days after the victory ceremony, the Australian GP's classification was changed by the stewards, excluding Lewis Hamilton and therefore handing back third place to Jarno Trulli. Nothing changes for the Scuderia, as none of the two cars crossed the line. The decision definitely spiced things up a bit on an otherwise, journalistically speaking, not very interesting day.
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Raikkonen: “raining like crazy”


Sepang, 2 April –Much of the talk prior to this race has centred on the fact that heavy tropical showers usually hit the track in the late afternoon and today’s FIA Press Conference was held in exactly those conditions. “When it rains here, it tends to fall very hard, raining like crazy for about half an hour, then it stops and the track dries very quickly, so let’s wait and see what happens this weekend,” was Kimi Raikkonen’s response when asked to predict the weather forecast. “It can be tricky, especially for qualifying.”
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PENALTY IMPOSED ON DRIVER NO 1 LEWIS HAMILTON AND COMPETITOR VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES


Stewards Decision - Australian GP 02/04/2009
SUMMARY OF KEY CONSIDERATIONS
At the first hearing following the Australian Grand Prix the Stewards did not have the benefit of the radio exchanges between driver No 1 Lewis Hamilton and his Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes nor did they have access to the comments to the Media given by Lewis Hamilton immediately after the end of the race.
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2009 Malaysian GP Preview


02 | 04 | 09
Malaysia is always a challenging venue for Formula One: the tropical heat boils the engines, cooks the brakes and roasts the drivers.
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2009 Malaysian GP Preview


02 | 04 | 09
In Malaysia, the teams are met with sweltering heat and tropical humidity. This combination would be ideal for a holiday in the Far East, but for an F1 team the weekend is a gruelling battle to keep the cars running and the drivers functioning.
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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes statement


The FIA Stewards have reviewed their decision of Sunday 29th March 2009, and have excluded Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from the results of the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes understands that the Stewards made their decision on the basis of reviewing radio transmissions between the driver and the Team.

The Team mistakenly believed that the radio transmissions had been reviewed by the FIA on Sunday 29th March 2009, and consequently did not believe it was necessary to discuss them with the Stewards on that date.

Nonetheless, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team now regrets that it did not do so, accepts the Stewards' decision and will not appeal.

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01 April


Malaysian Grand Prix 2009 Preview


The ING Renault F1 Team reflects on the opening race of the season in Melbourne and looks ahead to this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Fernando Alonso: “I expect our car to be more suited to Sepang”
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DC’s Guide To Sepang…


01 | 04 | 09
We know it’s going to be hot, we know it’s going to be humid and the race starts later in the day. But how does Sepang feel form inside the cockpit? We asked David Coulthard to take us through the circuit form the drivers’ perspective.
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Toro Rosso To Use Kers At Sepang


01 | 04 | 09
Although it wasn’t planned to introduce KERS until later in the season, recent progress made at our Faenza R & D facility means that Scuderia Toro Rosso will now use Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems on its cars in Sepang, for the second round of the World Championship, it was announced today (April 1).
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2009 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


SEPANG
Following a sensational debut race weekend in Australia where Jenson Button led Brawn GP to its first Grand Prix victory, the team headed straight to Malaysia for Round Two of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.
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Toyota Motorsport GmbH statement


Wednesday 1 April 2009
Following the decision by Australian Grand Prix stewards to impose a 25-second time penalty on Jarno Trulli, Toyota Motorsport filed notification of its intent to appeal.
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