31 July

Schumacher at Mugello


Mugello, 31 July 2009 - After the simulator yesterday afternoon at Maranello Michael Schumacher proceeded with his work physically preparing himself for the Europen GP on 23 August. The 7-time F1 World Champion went on the track at Mugello for a private test in the F2007 managed by the Formula 1 Clienti department at Ferrari. Michael drove 67 laps, the fastest in 1.23.736.
Mugello 31/07/2009 - Michael Schumacher © Foto Ercole Colombo / Ferrari Media Center
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30 July


Domenicali: "I understood from Michael's eyes how strong is the bond with this team"


"When Chairman Luca di Montezemolo asked Michael if he wanted to give us a hand at the moment, I understood from looking in his eyes, even before he replied, how strong are the links between Michael and the Scuderia.

I didn't have the slightest doubt about his availability and his enthusiasm in our discussions and it would be a further stimulus for everyone to do well.
It's a piece of positive news, which can be added to all the other positive updates coming from Budapest regarding Felipe's improvement.
Michael's availability is a further confirmation of how strong are the human ties, even more than the professional ones, that exist between all of us at Ferrari."
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29 July


Ferrari intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa's car


Maranello 29 July 2009 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro intends to put Michael Schumacher in Felipe Massa's car untill the brazilian driver will be able to race again. Michael Schumacher said he is ready and, over the next few days, will undertake a specific training programme at the end of which confermation will be given of his participation in the Championship with effect from the European Grand Prix on the 23rd of August.
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Taking a break: the mid-season closures


29-07-2009
In recent years the World Championship calendar has featured a gap of two free weekends in August. It was introduced essentially to give team personnel who work at Grands Prix a chance to have a normal family holiday, even if many of the folk who don't travel remain hard at work designing and building parts all the way through August.
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Ferrari engaged for new era of Formula 1


Maranello, 29 July 2009 – The news of BMW abandoning F1 has been received with sadness in Maranello. “Over the last 60 years of the continuous participation of Ferrari in the Formula 1 World Championship we've seen many teams and some important constructors come and go,” a spokesperson for the Scuderia said. “This is a characteristic of this sport, although we are sad about BMW's decision. Ferrari will continue to engage itself wholeheartedly for a new era in Formula 1, composed of stable rules and extreme technological research accompanied by paying close attention to the environment and a growing spectacle as well as greater participation of the fans and of all our sport's components.”
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First steps for Felipe


Budapest, 29 July 2009 – More good news from the AEK in Budapest, where Felipe Massa has been recovering since last Saturday. The driver has had more exams carried out, confirming his continuing improvement. Felipe speaks, can sit upright and was even able to take his first steps. Today he will leave intensive care. From the clinical and radiological point of view everything is going extremely well.

Felipe will stay at the AEK hospital for the next few days, until he can be taken somewhere else.

In the afternoon Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo will come back to Budapest, when he will greet Felipe personally also on behalf of the whole Company and the fans who continue sending best wishes via www.ferrari.com.
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Raikkonen: "Felipe, we’re waiting for you!"


Maranello, 29 July 2009 - First of all I want to wish Felipe well again. He had an incredible accident on last Saturday and I think that he was on everybody’s mind in the Scuderia Ferrari and the drivers on the grid. I know that his condition is improving constantly and I’m glad to hear that. I really hope that he’ll be alright soon and get back on the track. It was an absurd accident and the Team had some very difficult moments, because in the beginning we didn’t know why Felipe ran off the track at this point. But then a driver has to blind out certain things once he’s on the track.
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Statement by FOTA Secretary General


29 July, 2009
“With regard to the announcement made today by BMW, FOTA Teams have immediately consulted each other and are ready to assure all the necessary support to the Swiss-based team, whose membership in the association is confirmed, to continue its involvement in the F1 Sport.
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BMW


29/07/2009
The FIA regrets the announcement of BMW’s intended withdrawal from Formula One but is not surprised by it.

It has been clear for some time that motor sport cannot ignore the world economic crisis. Car manufacturers cannot be expected to continue to pour large sums of money into Formula One when their survival depends on redundancies, plant closures and the support of the taxpayer.
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Statement Draeger Realignment Motor Sports Activities


29.07.2009
Ladies and Gentlemen,

BMW and motor sports: These two things have a long-standing tradition and simply belong together. Be it in motorcycle, touring car, sports car, rally or Formula One and Formula Two racing, BMW has amassed successes around the globe.
Promoting talent has always been a priority for us. In 1991, Formula sports saw the beginning of a joint talent promotion campaign by BMW and ADAC. Formula One drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock, Adrian Sutil, Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien learned the basics of Formula racing from this program.
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Statement by Norbert Reithofer Press Conference on the Realignment of BMW AG’s Motor Sports Activities


29.07.2009
Speech
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for joining us at such short notice here today.
Yesterday, the Board of Management made the following decision:
• We will realign our motor sports activities.
• The BMW Group will end its Formula One activities at the end of the 2009 season.
• We will remain active in the field of motor sports, focusing on close-to-production motor sports and promoting young drivers.
• We will pool our expertise and financial resources in the fields of sustainability and new technology development.
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BMW to Exit Formula One at End of 2009 Season


29.07.2009
Munich.The BMW Group will not continue its Formula One campaign after the end of the 2009 season. Resources freed up as a result are to be dedicated to the development of new drive technologies and projects in the field of sustainability. BMW will continue to be actively involved in other motor sports series. The landmark decision to restructure BMW Motorsport’s activities was made at the Board of Management’s meeting yesterday.
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28 July


More positive signs for Felipe


Budapest, 28 July 2009 - More good news as far as the condition of Felipe Massa, recovering at Budapest's AEK hospital since 25 July after the accident during the Hungarian GP's qualifying, is concerned.
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Hungarian Grand Prix Debrief - Q+A with Timo Glock


Are you happy with sixth place in the Hungarian Grand Prix?
I am happy with the result in the end, especially considering I started from 13th. To make up seven places at the Hungaroring is not easy, so finishing in sixth is an encouraging result. It was nice to be back in the top six after a few tricky races and this was actually my best result since the podium in Malaysia.
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27 July


Felipe Massa speaking to his family


Budapest, 27 July 2009 - The medic's at Budapest's AEK hospital presented a chart of Felipe Massa's condition.
All the exams done by the Hungarian medical team were negative, which is a further confirmation of the encouraging signs over the last hours.
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HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX REVIEW


MONDAY 27 JULY, 2009
SUMMARY
P1 P2 P3 QUAL RESULT POINTS, C’SHIP STOPS, LAP FASTEST LAP
N ROSBERG 1:22.337 (2nd) 1:22.154 (3rd) 1:21.509 (3rd) 1:21.890 (5th) 4th 5 25.5 = 5th 2 (20, 49) 1:22.468 (3rd)
K NAKAJIMA 1:22.619 (5th) 1:22.426 (5th) 1:21.935 (8th) 1:22.835 (9th) 9th 0 - 2 (22, 56) 1:23.180 (11th)
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FIA Safety Commission


27/07/2009
FIA President Max Mosley has asked the FIA Safety Commission to prepare a report on the recent debris-related accidents in the FIA Formula One World Championship and FIA Formula Two Championship.
The FIA Safety Commission, which is made up of medical and technical representatives from all areas of motor sport, will submit its report and recommendations to the World Motor Sport Council.
Preliminary findings suggest the helmet being used by Felipe Massa may have played a significant role in limiting the injuries sustained. The FIA 8860 helmet, which took eight years to develop by the FIA and FIA Institute, provides increased protection in all key impact areas.
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Montezemolo "We're optimistic for Felipe, who's one of our family"


Budapest, 27 July 2009 - Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo arrived at the AEK hospital in Budapest in the morning where he met Felipe's wife Rafaela and the Brazilian driver's parents, to see the Hungarian doctors. "I'm confident and optimistic about Felipe's capacity to recover," Luca di Montezemolo said at the end of his visit, "also because he has excellent medical care and I want to thank the staff at the AEK hospital for the work they're doing. Thank you also to Professor Sailant and Piete, who came here immediately. Their support will be fundamental also from a psychological point of view for Felipe's family and for the whole team."
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26 July


DC’s Guide to The European Grand Prix


26 | 07 | 09
David Coulthard takes us around a track which he got to know in its inaugural race last year.
So, did Valencia live up to the hype?
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Renault suspended for Valencia


2009 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
Document 45
Date 26 July 2009 Time 18:15
From The Stewards of the Meeting
To The Team Manager ING Renault F1 Team
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GP Hungary: Result


26 | 07 | 09
Jaime Alguersuari finished his first grand prix in 15th place this afternoon in Budapest, while Séb was right behind him in 16th.
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Montezemolo tomorrow at Budapest


Budapest, 26 July 2009- Tomorrow Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo will be in Budapest to be close to Felipe Massa and his family. "I hope I will have good news," Montezemolo said on the Ferrari website. "Today's result, the best in this difficult season so far, is for Felipe! Compliments to Kimi for a great race and to the Team, for working well and very concentrated despite these very difficult circumstances."
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Hungarian GP - Race


Hungarioring - 26th June 2009
K. Raikkonen: 2° 1:38.35.405, + 11.529 70 laps, Chassis 279
Weather: air temperature 23 °C, track temperature 36 °C, sunny.
Third podium of the season for the Scuderia, with its only car on the grid today finishing second, with Kimi Raikkonen. This result sees Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro move up to third place in the Constructors’ classification.
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Hungarian GP - Third in the Championship


Hungarioring - 26th June 2009 - After the terrible Massa incident yesterday, Kimi Raikkonen delivered Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro a fantastic morale boosting second place podium finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix, his second podium of the season and the team’s third. Once again, KERS played a decisive role, as the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro man was able to move up three places at the start.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Hungarian Grand Prix Report


26 Jul. 2009
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) used a super soft – super soft - soft tyre strategy to score his first race win of the season after a thrilling and tactical Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.
Hamilton finished over 11 seconds ahead of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Kimi Raikkonen who used the same tyre strategy to achieve his best finish of the season. Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) used a super soft – soft – super soft strategy for his second third placed finish of the year.
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2009 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Report


26 July 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team has finished a tough, hot Hungarian Grand Prix with Giancarlo Fisichella in 14th position. Giancarlo used a two stop strategy to move three positions up on his starting slot and produced a particularly strong second and third stint when fighting with the BMW of Robert Kubica and Rubens Barrichello's Brawn GP.
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15.5


26 | 07 | 09
Just fifteen and a half points now separate us from series leaders, Brawn GP, thanks to Mark Webber finishing third in the Hungarian Grand Prix, standing on the podium today for the sixth time this season.
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GP Hungary: Webber Takes Another Podium


26 | 07 | 09
Mark took another podium this afternoon, coming third in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Seb had a collision with Raikkonen on the first straight which damaged his front suspension meaning he was forced to retire on lap 30.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix - Race


26.07.2009
Weather: dry and sunny, 24-26°C Air, 39-44°C Track
Budapest (HU). After starting from 15th and 18th respectively, the BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, finished 11th and 13th at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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2009 Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday


26-07-2009
It was a disappointing Hungarian Grand Prix for the ING Renault F1 Team as Fernando Alonso retired in the early stages having initially led the race, while teammate Nelson Piquet finished 12th. Attention now turns to the upcoming European Grand Prix in Valencia in four weeks time. The team also wishes Felipe Massa a full and speedy recovery.
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2009 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX


Hungaroring, Sunday July 25
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Even as recently as four weeks ago, I don’t think many people would have believed you if you’d told them that we’d win the Hungarian Grand Prix in dominant fashion, but that’s exactly what we did today. And the fact that we did just that is a fantastic testimony to what can only be described as a superhuman team effort. Yes, 2009 has been a very hard year for us, but no-one at Woking, Brixworth or Stuttgart ever gave up; we all kept pulling together, we all kept our spirits up, and above all we all kept working. I’m immensely proud of every single one of them.
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2009 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


HUNGARORING, 26 JULY
Brawn GP's Jenson Button finished in seventh position at the Hungarian Grand Prix today with team-mate Rubens Barrichello bringing his Brawn-Mercedes car home just outside the points in 10th place.

Jenson had a reasonable getaway from eighth on the grid and had maintained his starting position by lap two whilst Rubens was touched by another car going into turn two resulting in some damage to his left sidepod and dropped back to 18th position.
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Hungarian Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 26 July 2009

Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-06)
Grid: 11th
Race Classification: 8th (+68.172s)
Pit Stop Laps: 28, 58

Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-05)
Grid: 13th
Race Classification: 6th (+35.237s)
Pit Stop Laps: 32, 60
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HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX RACE


SUNDAY 26 JULY, 2009
Nico Rosberg scored a second consecutive fourth place at the Hungaroring today, elevating him by two places in the driver’s championship to fifth position. A good baseline pace from the FW31 all weekend, and a crucial defence of his position against a KERS-powered McLaren at turn one provided the essential elements for Nico to build a strong performance on a circuit that witnessed only a few overtaking manoeuvres in 70 laps. Team-mate Kazuki Nakajima edged closer to securing his first points of the season, but starting the race ninth with limited opportunity to gain position on track, and most of the field running similar tyre and fuel strategies offered little prospect to improve on his start position. The team’s continued thoughts are with Felipe Massa for his recuperation.
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Race Preliminary Classification


after 70 Laps - 306.630 Kms
FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2009 - Budapest

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38:23.876 186.973
2 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:38:35.405 +11.529 186.609
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:38:40.762 +16.886 186.440
4 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:38:50.843 +26.967 186.123
5 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38:58.268 +34.392 185.890
6 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:38:59.113 +35.237 185.864
7 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:39:18.964 +55.088 185.244
8 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:39:32.048 +68.172 184.839
9 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:39:32.650 +68.774 184.820
10 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:39:33.132 +69.256 184.805
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:39:34.488 +70.612 184.763
12 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:39:35.388 +71.512 184.735
13 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:39:37.922 +74.046 184.657
14 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:38:26.239 +1 LAP 184.228
15 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38:44.598 +1 LAP 183.657
16 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39:11.399 +1 LAP 182.830
NOT CLASSIFIED
S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 29 laps DNF 178.955
F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 15 laps DNF 171.635
A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1 lap DNF 149.881
FASTEST LAP
M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:21.931 on lap 65 192.498

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Positive CT scan outcome


Budapest, 26th July 2009 - This morning Felipe Massa underwent a CT scan, which had a positive outcome. The driver was awake for some time and is now resting in the intensive care unit of Budapest's AEK Hospital.
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25 July


Hungarian GP - Qualifying report


Hugaroring, 25th June 2009 - Felipe Massa’s accident has overshadowed today’s events in Budapest, however, here is a brief rundown of what happened in qualifying.
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PRESS RELEASE


Budapest, 25th July 2009 - Felipe Massa has undergone surgery this afternoon at the AEK hospital in Budapest and the outcome of the procedure was positive. Now, Felipe will remain under observation in intensive care.

An update on his condition will be issued late tomorrow morning.
Motor Sport Press Office
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That’s Better!


25 | 07 | 09
In Formula One, it’s never a good idea to panic and over-react based on what you see on the stopwatch.
In Friday’s free practice, our two drivers were down the back of the field, getting to grips with the new aero package and other modifications making their debut on the TR4 this weekend. There was definitely no panic in our ranks, as, late into the night, our boffins poured over all the data from Friday’s laps and set about the set-up work.
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GP Hungary Qualifying


25 | 07 | 09
Sébastien Buemi was 11th quickest in today's Qualifying posting a best time of 1:21.571.
Jaime will start in 20th - his best was 1:22.359.
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The Starting Weights


25 | 07 | 09
The weights of the cars at the start of tomorrow's grand prix will be:

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What’s My Time?


25 | 07 | 09
Considering that the so-called F1 experts predicted we wouldn’t shine at this circuit as they reckoned the RB5 is better suited to fast tracks, we should get our kitchen staff to knock up some humble pie to hand around the media centre, as second and third is hardly shabby is it?
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GP Hungary Qualifying


25 | 07 | 09
Vettel starts second on the grid tomorrow after posting a best time of 1:21.178. Webber is third on the grid with a best time of 1:20.964.
It was session interrupted after Ferrari's Felipe Massa collided with the tyre wall and had to be taken off by ambulance and the official timing screens went blank just before the end of the final session leaving drivers, teams and spectators bewildered as to who finished where.
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2009 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


HUNGARORING, 25 JULY
Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix today was overshadowed by an accident suffered by Ferrari's Felipe Massa towards the end of the second session. Rubens, Jenson and everyone at the Brawn GP team sends their very best wishes to Felipe.
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2009 Hungarian Grand Prix Saturday


25/07/2009
Today’s qualifying session saw Fernando Alonso take pole position for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. Teammate Nelson Piquet will start from 15th.
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PRESS RELEASE


Budapest , 25th July 2009 - After the accident during the qualifying session of the Grand Prix of Hungary , Felipe Massa was airlifted to the AEK hospital in Budapest . Felipe was conscious at the arrival at the hospital and his general conditions remain stable. Following a complete medical examination it emerged that he had suffered a cut on his forehead, a bone damage of his skull and a brain concussion. These conditions need to be operated on after which he will remain under observation in intensive care.

Further information will be released later tonight
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BRAWN GP TEAMS UP WITH RUROC TO PROVIDE PIT CREW HELMETS


Brawn GP is pleased to confirm a new team supplier agreement with British company RG Sports which will see the team using RuRoC pit crew helmets for the second half of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


25 Jul. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre provided the grip for ING Renault F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso to qualify on pole position with a time of 1min 21.569secs for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.

Today’s final qualifying session was delayed after Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) was hit by an object, which appeared to come from another car, and drove into the tyre barriers at turn four. Massa was taken from the scene by ambulance and by helicopter from the circuit, and is being monitored in hospital.
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2009 Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


25 July 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team will start Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix with Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil in 17th and 18th positions respectively following a disappointing qualifying session.

Adrian's qualifying was compromised following an accident in this morning's free practice session in which he damaged his front wing and nose and lost vital running time. His VJM02 was only repaired in time to allow Adrian to complete two flying laps.
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2009 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING ANALYSIS


Hungaroring, Saturday July 25
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Both Lewis and Heikki drove solid laps in Q3, and the result was our best overall qualifying performance of the year so far. We believe we have a good race strategy, and we should therefore be competitive tomorrow. Our goal is to have a car, or ideally cars plural, in podium positions by flag-fall – and that looks possible.
“Felipe’s accident was very unpleasant to watch on the TV monitors, and we all very much hope that he’s sustained only minor injuries from which he’ll make a full and fast recovery.”
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Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 25 July 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing suffered disappointment in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring today. On another hot and sunny afternoon, Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock took part in a very close-fought contest, beginning in first qualifying. Both drivers chose to start that session on soft Bridgestone Potenza tyres, which increased in pace during the run. For their final flying laps, they changed to the super soft compound but a yellow flag in the closing minutes caused a late scramble for a quick lap time. Jarno and Timo both held their nerve and pulled off fast laps to progress. The super soft tyres were the rubber of choice throughout second qualifying, although Jarno was not able to set a competitive time on his first run due to traffic. Lap times were again incredibly close and, despite being less than a second shy of the fastest time with their late laps, both Toyotas did not reach third qualifying. Following his accident today, the team sends it best wishes to Felipe Massa and hopes to see him back at the track very soon.
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HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 25 JULY, 2009
Pending of the publication of fuel loads, the AT&T Williams team was pleased with a good qualifying session that positions Nico Rosberg in a competitive fifth position for tomorrow’s race start on a twisty circuit where overtaking is traditionally limited. Despite finishing the second ‘low fuel’ session in third and thereby making his third appearance in Q3 this year, team-mate Kazuki Nakajima was not able to maintain such strong form into the final top ten shoot-out. He will nevertheless be a strong contender for points, starting Sunday’s race in ninth place.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying

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25.07.2009
Weather: dry, partly cloudy, approximately 20-24°C Air, 34-43°C Track

Budapest (HU). After rather promising free practice sessions, the BMW Sauber F1 Team had a disappointing qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix with Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica out after Q1. Qualifying was overshadowed by the accident of Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. The entire BMW Sauber F1 Team hopes that he has not suffered any severe injuries.
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Qualifying Session Classification


FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2009 - Budapest

POS NAME NAT ENTRANT Q1 Q2 Q3
1 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:21.313 1:20.826 1:21.569
2 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:21.178 1:20.604 1:21.607
3 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:20.964 1:20.358 1:21.741
4 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:20.842 1:20.465 1:21.839
5 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:20.793 1:20.862 1:21.890
6 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:21.659 1:20.807 1:22.095
7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:21.500 1:20.647 1:22.468
8 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:21.471 1:20.707 1:22.511
9 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:21.407 1:20.570 1:22.835
10 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:21.420 1:20.823
11 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:21.571 1:21.002
12 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:21.416 1:21.082
13 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:21.558 1:21.222
14 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:21.584 1:21.242
15 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:21.278 1:21.389
16 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:21.738
17 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:21.807
18 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:21.868
19 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:21.901
20 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:22.359
POLE POSITION LAP
F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:21.569 193.352 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:20.358 196.266 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2009 - Budapest

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:21.009 [19] 194.689
2 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:21.408 [23] +0.399 193.735
3 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:21.509 [21] +0.500 193.495
4 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:21.655 [20] +0.646 193.149
5 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:21.800 [23] +0.791 192.806
6 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:21.849 [12] +0.840 192.691
7 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:21.911 [19] +0.902 192.545
8 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:21.935 [19] +0.926 192.489
9 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:21.936 [16] +0.927 192.486
10 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:21.971 [21] +0.962 192.404
11 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:22.076 [20] +1.067 192.158
12 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:22.097 [25] +1.088 192.109
13 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:22.101 [22] +1.092 192.099
14 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:22.210 [17] +1.201 191.845
15 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:22.270 [20] +1.261 191.705
16 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:22.274 [19] +1.265 191.696
17 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:22.312 [22] +1.303 191.607
18 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:22.391 [20] +1.382 191.423
19 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:22.684 [23] +1.675 190.745
20 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:23.231 [16] +2.222 189.491

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Hungarian GP - Working for 2010


Budapest , 24 July 2009 – It is something of a cliché that while Budapest , the only capital city on the F1 calendar, is a great venue for a Grand Prix, the actual Hungaroring produces a rather dull sporting contest. Today, that was far from being the case, as nearly the whole grid was very close in terms of lap times, which promises more excitement to come over the remaining two days of the meeting.
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Hungarian GP - Free practices


Hungaroring - 24th July 2009
First Session
F. Massa: 8° 1.22.855 25 laps 277 Chassis
K. Raikkonen: 7° 1.22.796 23 laps 279 Chassis

Second Session
F. Massa: 18° 1.23.156, 32 laps 277 Chassis
K. Raikkonen: 11° 1.22.763, 38 laps 279 Chassis
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix - Free Practice


24.07.2009
Weather: dry and sunny, 24-29°C Air, 30-43°C Track

Budapest (HU). In hot conditions the BMW Sauber F1 Team was very busy in both 90-minutes free practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix evaluating the new front wing and working on the F1.09’s set-up.
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2009 Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice Report


24 July 2009 - Searing ambient and track temperatures plus dusty, windy conditions combined to produce a tough opening day of practice for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, the tenth round of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.
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2009 Hungarian Grand Prix Friday


24/07/2009
The ING Renault F1 Team completed a busy day of practice at the Hungaroring today in preparation for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
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Friday Practice


24 | 07 | 09
Morning session: Séastien Buemi 1:23.998 37 laps; Jaime Alguersuari 1:24.228 42 laps. Afternoon session: Séb 1:23.176 45 laps; Jaime 1:23.942 40 laps.
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24 July


Preparing For The Road Ahead


24 | 07 | 09
Friday’s track action was the same old same old really, with teams waiting for Toro Rosso’s new boy, Jaime Alguersuari to act as road sweeper on this notoriously dirty track, before venturing out of the garages for their first taste of the Hungaroring.
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DC Confirmed As Third Driver


24 | 07 | 09
David Coulthard is Red Bull Racing's reserve driver for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
DC, who retired from a full-time F1 seat last season, has been on call for all this year's races alongside - on occasions - Brendon Hartley and Jaime Alguersuari.
Alguersuari's promotion to a seat at Toro Rosso means David is our sole reserve driver for the race at the Hungaroring.
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Friday Practice


24 | 07 | 09
Session one: Mark Webber 1:22.615 21 laps. Sebastian Vettel 1:23.283 25 laps;
Session two: Webber 1:22.369 29 laps; Vettel 1:22.550 30 laps.
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Hungarian GP - Raikkonen 7th and Massa 8th in Hungary's first practice session


Hungaroring, 24 July 2009 - At the outskirts of the hot Hungarian capital the first free practice session for the Hungarian GP, the tenth race of this F1 season, came to an end. This morning the mechanics worked on Felipe's and Kimi's F60s to go on the track for the 90-minute session, after which the two single-seaters from Ferrari were on position seven and eight on the time sheet with 1:22.796 and 1:22.855 for Kimi and Felipe respectively. They drove 23 and 25 laps, running mainly on the hard compound Bridgestone brought to Hungary. In the afternoon the work will proceed as usual.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


24 Jul. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre proved to be the fastest rubber on the tight and twisty Hungaroring circuit for the first day of the Hungarian Grand Prix. In hot weather conditions, Lewis Hamilton set the day’s fastest lap time, a 1min 22.079secs, in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes during the afternoon practice session.
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2009 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE ANALYSIS


Hungaroring, Friday July 24
NORBERT HAUG
Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
“Quite a constructive first day on this demanding track. Clearly, our KERS Hybrid is a big help around this circuit – particularly in the first sector. But, in addition, it’s obvious that our car in total has improved a lot since Silverstone two races ago. Now we need to continue in the same direction tomorrow and on Sunday in order to finally bring home a creditable and respectable result.” [Read More!]
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2009 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


HUNGARORING, 24 JULY
The Brawn GP team began its preparations for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Round Ten of the 2009 Formula One season, at the Hungaroring just outside Budapest today.
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HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


Objectives P1: Mechanical set-up and analysis of new aero components (including new front and rear wing)
Objectives P2: Tyre evaluation and qualifying preparation
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Hungarian Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 24 July 2009

Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-06)
1st Practice: 6th, 1m 22.705s (+0.427s), 17 laps
2nd Practice: 8th, 1m 22.663s (+0.584s), 28 laps

Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-05)
1st Practice: 14th, 1m 23.234s (+0.956s), 30 laps
2nd Practice: 10th, 1m 22.751s (+0.672s), 45 laps
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Second Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2009 - Budapest

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:22.079 [36] 192.151
2 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:22.126 [36] +0.047 192.041
3 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:22.154 [47] +0.075 191.976
4 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:22.369 [29] +0.290 191.474
5 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:22.426 [40] +0.347 191.342
6 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:22.550 [30] +0.471 191.055
7 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:22.641 [38] +0.562 190.844
8 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:22.663 [28] +0.584 190.793
9 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:22.690 [43] +0.611 190.731
10 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:22.751 [45] +0.672 190.591
11 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:22.763 [38] +0.684 190.563
12 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:22.793 [37] +0.714 190.494
13 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:22.806 [42] +0.727 190.464
14 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:22.870 [36] +0.791 190.317
15 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:22.927 [36] +0.848 190.186
16 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:22.978 [28] +0.899 190.069
17 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:23.029 [39] +0.950 189.952
18 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:23.156 [32] +1.077 189.662
19 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:23.176 [45] +1.097 189.617
20 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:23.942 [40] +1.863 187.886

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First Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2009 - Budapest

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:22.278 [21] 191.686
2 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:22.337 [27] +0.059 191.549
3 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:22.554 [20] +0.276 191.045
4 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:22.615 [21] +0.337 190.904
5 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:22.619 [25] +0.341 190.895
6 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:22.705 [17] +0.427 190.697
7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:22.796 [23] +0.518 190.487
8 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:22.855 [25] +0.577 190.351
9 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:23.001 [28] +0.723 190.016
10 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:23.130 [25] +0.852 189.722
11 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:23.146 [24] +0.868 189.685
12 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:23.154 [23] +0.876 189.667
13 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:23.209 [24] +0.931 189.541
14 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:23.234 [30] +0.956 189.485
15 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:23.283 [25] +1.005 189.373
16 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:23.484 [20] +1.206 188.917
17 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:23.678 [22] +1.400 188.479
18 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:23.845 [18] +1.567 188.104
19 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:23.998 [37] +1.720 187.761
20 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:24.228 [42] +1.950 187.248

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23 July


Massa: “look after the tyres”


Budapest, 23 July – Felipe Massa faced the media this afternoon in the nicely cool Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro motorhome, given that outside the air temperature was up in the high thirties, here at the Hungaroring, a few miles outside the city of Budapest. For once, the first question was not about Felipe or his team, but what the fact that Mark Webber finally took his first F1 win a fortnight ago might do to his career.
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Bridgestone Motorsport Hungarian Grand Prix Preview


23 Jul. 2009
Bridgestone will bring its two stickiest tyres to the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 24-26 which takes place
on the tight and twisty 4.38km Hungaroring, one of the lowest grip circuits on the calendar.
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Webber To Drive For Red Bull Racing In 2010


23 | 07 | 09
Red Bull Racing has today confirmed today that Mark Webber will continue to drive for the team in 2010, alongside his team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Team Principal, Christian Horner said: “I’m delighted that we have re-signed Mark for 2010. He continued to show huge commitment and determination this season, especially following his bike accident at the end of last year.
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22 July


Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 10, Hungary GP


22 Jul. 2009
Track to road – Part 1…
Formula 1 is associated with high technology, but lessons learnt on the world’s most gruelling test tracks are also translated to Bridgestone’s passenger vehicle tyres.
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Hungarian Grand Prix Preview


24 - 26 July 2009
The Hungarian Grand Prix will be the tenth round of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship and is held at the tight, twisty Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest from 24 - 26 July.

Following a competitive weekend performance in Germany where it achieved its highest-ever qualifying position and finished within sight of the points, the Force India Formula One Team heads to Hungary keen to finally open its scorecard.
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Hungarian Grand Prix 2009 Preview


The ING Renault F1 Team looks forward to round ten of the season, the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.
Fernando Alonso: “I always enjoy going back to Budapest”
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21 July


Formula 1 auction boost for UN World Food Programme


Tuesday 21 July 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing driver Timo Glock has helped raise Euro9,117 for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), benefiting hungry children around the world.

Timo donated his unique German Grand Prix helmet to an online charity auction to raise funds for the WFP's 'Fill the Cup' campaign. The helmet, which shows Timo driving past cheering Toyota fans, was designed by seven-year-old Tom Luca Hoffmann, the winner of a Panasonic 'Kids School' design competition.
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Hungarian Grand Prixview: Ascanelli On The STR4’s Progress In 2009


21 | 07 | 09
In the run up to the race at the Hungaroring our Technical Director gives us his take on the season so far and tells us what we can look forward to in terms of car upgrades…
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2009 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


HUNGARORING, 24-26 JULY
The second half of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship continues in Hungary this weekend as Round Ten takes the Brawn GP team to the beautiful city of Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 4.381km Hungaroring, located 19kms from the capital, has hosted the Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986 and produced some fantastic races over the years. The low speed and high downforce circuit is one of the most technically and physically demanding tracks on the calendar with a twisty layout of interlinked corners which can really test the drivers and cars.
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Hungarian Grand Prixview: Franz Tost on Our Season So Far


21 | 07 | 09
Scuderia Toro Rosso will tackle the final eight races of the season with a new technical upgrade package and a new driver: Jaime Alguersuari. Our Team Principal sums up the team’s position in the run up to the Hungarian Grand Prix…
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Hungarian Grand Prix Preview Q+A - Timo Glock


Tell us about your podium in Hungary last year.
It was a really special moment for me to be on the podium in Formula 1 for the first time, and it was great to be fighting right at the front. Everything came together and it worked out perfectly. It was the race immediately after my accident at Hockenheim so maybe it surprised some people to see me being so competitive. But the truth was that Hockenheim was a turning point because we got the car really working well for me. After that, the fantastic result in Budapest was the start of a great run in the second half of the season.
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Raikkonen: "Will Budapest be like Monaco? Let’s hope so"


Maranello, 21 July 2009 - They say that Hungary is somehow similar to Monaco: true, the corners are very slow, but the Hungaroring is definitely more “forgiving” than the track at the Principality, where the tiniest slip will almost certainly make you end up in the barriers. Having said that the next race will definitely be the most similar one to the one at Monaco.
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Hungarian GP - A good grid position is vital here


Maranello, 21 July 2009 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro comes to the tenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship on the back of an encouraging third place podium finish for Felipe Massa in Germany. However, this season, every race weekend seems to have its own story, often bearing little relation to what has gone before.
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20 July


HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


At a Glance
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July, 2009. Hungaroring, Hungary
Round 10 of 17
Standings AT&T Williams 20.5pts (5th), N Rosberg 20.5pts (7th), K Nakajima 0pts -
Hungary’s Hot Topics
How will the new boy do in his debut race?
Will the Brawns manage to reassert themselves?
Will tyres continue to be an issue or will the warmer temperatures provide a fix?
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Alguersuari Named As New Driver

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20 | 07 | 09
The new Scuderia Toro Rosso driver is Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari.
Alguersuari's Formula One debut will be this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, which makes him the youngest ever driver in the 59-year history of the Formula One World Championship.

The 19-year-old from Barcelona, Spain is the reigning British Formula Three champion and, before moving up to Formula One, this season, he was competing in the World Series by Renault championship. While Formula One will be very new to him, as a driver who has come up through the ranks of the Red Bull Junior Team young driver programme, he knows his new team-mate well.
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Hungarian Grand Prix - Preview


Monday 20 July 2009

Date: Sunday, 26 July, 2pm CET
Round: 10 of 17
Venue: Hungaroring, Budapest
Distance: 4.381km (70 laps)
Lap record: 1min 19.071 (2004)
History: Hungary hosted its first Grand Prix back in 1936 but it was 50 years before the second, in 1986. The Hungarian Grand Prix has been on the calendar ever since and this year will be the 24th at the Hungaroring.
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17 July


Massa: "carrying on in the same direction as in Germany"


Maranello, 17th July 2009 - Four days after the German Grand Prix is obviously much too long to go for a racing driver without being on a race track! So after going home to Monaco on Sunday night I travelled to a place called Lonato, near Lake Garda in Italy to have some fun karting. It was like a Formula 1 race here, there was Michael (Schumacher), Kubica, Glock, Liuzzi and Nelsinho (Piquet) and Klien. It wasn’t a special event, it wasn’t even a race, we just decided to come here and have some fun driving 125 karts with gears. I think we all miss the F1 testing and this is a good way to keep fit and busy. Thursday afternoon, I travelled to Maranello as I attended an event there which involves driving some of our customers around the Fiorano race track.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Hungarian Grand Prix - Preview


24th – 26th July 2009, 10th of 17 World Championship races

Munich/Hinwil, 17th July 2009. After its country outings in Northamptonshire and the Eifel, Formula One is about to sniff some big-city air again. The Hungarian Grand Prix takes place from 24th to 26th July on the sinuous Hungaroring just outside Budapest.
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HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Martin Whitmarsh, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“While Lewis demonstrated during practice and qualifying at the Nurburgring that our upgrade package appears to provide us with a sizeable step forward in performance, it was frustrating that damage to the rear bodywork left us unable to fully ascertain that benefit in the race itself. For Budapest, both Lewis and Heikki will be equipped with the new package and we are hopeful that it will enable us to mount a more sustained attack towards the front of the field. The Hungaroring is a circuit where we as a team have enjoyed many successes in the past and we travel there this weekend hoping to provide concrete evidence that we’re decisively turning our fortunes around for the remainder of the season.”
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16 July


Bourdais Leaves Scuderia Toro Rosso


16 | 07 | 09
Last weekend’s German Grand Prix was Sébastien Bourdais’ last race for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Team principal Franz Tost said: “In Sébastien’s second year with us, the partnership has not met our expectations and therefore we have decided to replace him as from the next round of the World Championship, the Hungarian Grand Prix.”

An announcement about his replacement will be made shortly before the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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Hungarian Grand Prixview: Newey's Thoughts On 2009


16 | 07 | 09
With the team currently lying second in both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships we spoke to Adrian Newey to ask for his views on the first half of the campaign.
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Hungarian Grand Prixview: Horner On The Season So Far


16 | 07 | 09
Red Bull Racing has reached the mid-point of the season in fine form, with consecutive one-two finishes in the British and German Grands Prix. Christian Horner here gives us his thoughts on the season so far and the rest of 2009.
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15 July


FIA Presidency


15/07/2009
In a letter to all FIA member clubs, FIA President Max Mosley has confirmed that he will not be a candidate on 23 October this year.

Click here to read the full letter sent by President Mosley to the FIA membership
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DC’s Guide To The Hungaroring


15 | 07 | 09
David knows the Budapest circuit well –he’s raced the last four Hungarian Grands Prix for Red Bull Racing. Here’s his guide to the track and thoughts on who’s going to be challenging for the top step of the podium…
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14 July


German Grand Prix Debrief - Q+A with Jarno Trulli


How was the German Grand Prix weekend for you?
Cold! The weather was more like a winter test, with very low track temperatures and some rain, which didn't help us. Our car works best in warmer conditions so when we saw the weather forecast for the weekend we knew it wouldn't be ideal for us, and that's how it turned out.
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GERMAN GRAND PRIX REVIEW


TUESDAY 14 JULY, 2009
SUMMARY
 P1 P2 P3 QUAL RESULT POINTS, C’SHIP STOPS, LAP FASTEST LAP
N ROSBERG 1:33.902 (7th) 1:33.128 (13th) 1:31.690 (8th) 1:31.598 (15th) 4th 5 20.5 = 7th 2 (18, 43) 1:34.403 (7th)
K NAKAJIMA 1:33.952 (9th) 1:32.872 (9th) 1:31.731 (9th) 1:31.884 (13th) 12th 0 0 = 20th 2 (15, 40) 1:34.238 (5th)
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13 July


Adrian Sutil German Grand Prix debrief


13-07-2009
Adrian Sutil had a sensational weekend in Germany, qualifying seventh and climbing to second before his first pit stop. Sadly his race was compromised in a collision with 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen as he left the pits, which led to an additional stop for a new nose and a guaranteed top eight finish was lost. Nevertheless the race did a lot of good for Adrian's reputation, and showed that Force India is making good progress.
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12 July


German GP - Race


Nuerburgring, 12th July 2009
F. Massa: 3rd 1:36.59.216 + 15.906 60 laps 277 chassis
K. Raikkonen: R 55.53.781 DNF 34 laps 279 chassis

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German GP - Second podium


Nuerburgring, 12 July 2009 - Felipe Massa started the second half of his 2009 campaign in fine style, with his first podium and the team's second of the season, when he finished the German Grand Prix in third place. Kimi was forced to retire with a mechanical problem, having completed 34 laps. The race was won by Mark Webber, the Red Bull Renault driver thus securing his first ever grand prix victory in his eighth season of Formula 1. He finished ahead of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel. In the Constructors’ classification, the Scuderia is still fourth, now only 2.5 points behind Toyota .
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The Invisible Team


12 | 07 | 09
We were thinking of putting a picture of the Invisible Man on today’s press release, because, as a team, we basically had an invisible German Grand Prix, with Sebastien Buemi finishing 16th having started 17th and Bourdais retiring after just 18 laps, with an hydraulic problem.
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German Grand Prix Result


12 | 07 | 09
Sébastien Buemi was our top finisher, coming 16th at the Nurburgring this afternoon, but Bourdais' race ended early on lap 35 when he suffered problems with his hydraulics.
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Howzat!


12 | 07 | 09
It was Australia Day in Germany as Mark Webber survived a collision, a drive-through penalty and the massed attacks of his Red Bull Racing team-mate and the Brawns to secure his first ever Formula One victory, on the back of his maiden pole position yesterday.
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Webber Wins!


12 | 07 | 09
Mark Webber won the German Grand Prix after a thrilling race in which Sebastian came second - another double podium for Red Bull Racing.
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2009 German Grand Prix Sunday


12/07/2009
Today’s German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring saw Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet finish in 7th and 13th places respectively.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s German Grand Prix Report


12 Jul. 2009
Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber scored his first ever F1 race win after he used a two stop, super soft – medium – medium tyre strategy to win a fast-paced German Grand Prix in difficult conditions at Nurburgring.

Despite being given a drive-through penalty for causing an avoidable collision at the start, Webber finished 9.2 seconds ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel with Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Felipe Massa taking third. Vettel used a super soft – medium – super soft strategy and Massa used a super soft – super soft - medium strategy for his first podium finish of the season.
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2009 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


NÜRBURGRING, 12 JULY
Brawn GP endured a disappointing race at the German Grand Prix today despite Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello bringing their Brawn-Mercedes cars home in points-scoring fifth and sixth positions respectively.

Both drivers were on a three-stop strategy and started the race on the softer option tyre. Rubens had a great start to be leading coming out of turn one whilst Jenson dropped to fifth position before overtaking Massa into turn one on the second lap.
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2009 German Grand Prix Race Report


Adrian Sutil (car 20, VJM02/01):
15th: 1:37:55.251
Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21, VJM02/04):
11th: 1:37:45.637
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - German Grand Prix - Race


12.07.2009
Weather: dry but overcast, 18°C Air, 25-32°C Track

Nürburg (DE). The BMW Sauber F1 Team didn’t score any points at its home grand prix after Nick Heidfeld came tenth at the Nürburgring and Robert Kubica finished 14th.
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GERMAN GRAND PRIX RACE


SUNDAY 12 JULY, 2009
A season-best race result for the AT&T Williams team came courtesy of a strong drive from Nico Rosberg today, driving from 15th on the grid to a valuable fourth placed finish and in turn consolidating the team’s position in the championship. His race was launched from a great opening lap, on which he climbed six places. His achievement was all the more impressive considering that he was managing a technical problem from the first round of stops to the flag. Team-mate Kazuki Nakajima showed some equally quick turns of speed and recorded the fifth fastest lap of the race, but a tangle on the opening lap dropped him to the back of the field in the first stint, from which point it was difficult to recover his race. He finished in 12th position. All the team congratulates Mark Webber on a very popular race win today.
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2009 SANTANDER GERMAN GRAND PRIX


Nurburgring, Sunday July 12
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Lewis and Heikki both made great starts, assisted by KERS hybrid. In fact, Lewis could have taken the lead at the first corner if he hadn’t been hit by Mark, which collision resulted in a puncture. That was a great shame, because his car was competitive here and I’m therefore sure he would have been able to score well with it. More frustratingly still, after having to make an unscheduled pit stop as a result of that puncture, he emerged in the worst possible track position: at the front of the field. He therefore had to observe the blue flags and allow all the front-runners past, causing him to lose further time.
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Timo Glock launches charity auction


Sunday 12 July 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing driver Timo Glock on Saturday night launched an online charity auction to raise funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) via www.wfp.org/formula1-auction.

Timo paid a visit to the ring° arena at the Nürburgring, venue for this weekend's German Grand Prix, to publicly announce the start of an auction which will raise much-needed funds for the WFP's 'Fill the Cup' programme to feed hungry children around the world.
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German Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 12 July 2009

Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-05)
Started from pit lane
Race Classification: 9th (+61.457s)
Pit Stop Laps: 37

Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-06)
Grid: 14th
Race Classification: 17th (+90.970s)
Pit Stop Laps: 21, 49
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Race Classification


after 60 Laps - 308.863 Kms
FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2009 - Nürburgring

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH
1 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 60 1:36:43.310 191.598
2 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 60 1:36:52.562 +9.252 191.293
3 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 60 1:36:59.216 +15.906 191.074
4 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 60 1:37:04.409 +21.099 190.904
5 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 60 1:37:06.919 +23.609 190.822
6 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 60 1:37:07.778 +24.468 190.794
7 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 60 1:37:08.198 +24.888 190.780
8 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 60 1:37:42.002 +58.692 189.680
9 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 60 1:37:44.767 +61.457 189.590
10 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 60 1:37:45.235 +61.925 189.575
11 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 60 1:37:45.637 +62.327 189.562
12 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 60 1:37:46.186 +62.876 189.545
13 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 60 1:37:51.638 +68.328 189.369
14 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 60 1:37:52.865 +69.555 189.329
15 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 60 1:37:55.251 +71.941 189.252
16 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 60 1:38:13.535 +90.225 188.665
17 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 60 1:38:14.280 +90.970 188.641
18 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 59 1:38:07.232 +1 LAP 185.719
NOT CLASSIFIED
K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 34 55:53.781 DNF 187.863
S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 18 30:36.706 DNF 181.590
FASTEST LAP
F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:33.365 on lap 49 198.498

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11 July


7th Position for Adrian! - Qualifying


Saturday ,11 July 2009
The Force India Formula One Team will start the 2009 German Grand Prix from seventh position following a stunning performance from Adrian Sutil in today’s qualifying. The grid slot is the 26-year-old German’s highest to date and marks Force India’s best starting position since Hungary 2002. Unfortunately Giancarlo Fisichella endured a more difficult session and will start the 60 lap race from 18th.
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German GP Qualifying


11 | 07 | 09
Sebastien Buemi is our highest placed driver for tomorrow's German Grand Prix, he'll start in 17th place.
Séb Bourdais will begin from 20th.
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Pole For Red Bull Racing


11 | 07 | 09
Mark Webber secured the first pole of his career after a tricky Qualifying session at the Nurburgring. Seb was close behind and starts on the second row in fourth place

Mark's best time was 1:32.320 in the final, third session while Seb's final run was 1:32.480.
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2009 German Grand Prix Saturday


11/07/2009
Today’s qualifying session saw Nelson Piquet and Fernando Alonso qualify in 10th and 12th places respectively for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.
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German GP - Rain rules the ‘Ring


Nuerburg, 11 July – Even if rain is hardly a surprise at this circuit, set high in the Eifel mountains, with its own unique micro-climate, when the rain did come it managed to turn this afternoon’s qualifying session into something of a lottery. At the end of the day, both our drivers got through to final Top Ten shoot-out, with Felipe Massa securing a starting position on the outside of Row 4 in eighth place. Kimi Raikkonen starts one place behind in ninth spot.
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GP of Germany - Qualifying session


Nuerburgring - 11th July 2009
Qualifying session
F. Massa: 8th 1.34.574, 6 Laps
K. Raikkonen: 9th 1.34.710, 6 Laps
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


11 Jul. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre provided the grip for Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber to qualify on his first ever Formula One pole position for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix at Nurburgring.

Webber set a time of 1min 32.230secs, just over a tenth faster than Brawn GP Formula 1 Team driver Rubens Barrichello. Jenson Button (Brawn GP Formula 1 Team) went third fastest. Notably, Adrian Sutil and Force India achieved their highest ever qualifying with seventh.
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Force India Formula One Team media statement


The Force India Formula One Team today received a visit from legal representatives accompanied by uniformed personnel who demanded that the team's motorhome be vacated as they wished to seize the team's property.
This dispute with the contractor has been on-going since last season and pertains to the quality of construction of the motorhome and its functionality. The contractor decided to take matters into their own hands without due notice and process and approached a local German court who were presented with highly disputable facts.
Force India will resolve matters during the weekend with the contractor but will fiercely contest the wrongful claims made by them before the local German Court if no amicable settlement is achieved.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - German Grand Prix - Qualifying


11.07.2009
Weather: overcast, some rain, 12-14°C Air, 18-24°C Track

Nürburg (DE). While Nick Heidfeld only just missed the top ten qualifying and came 11th in what was a rain influenced lottery, Robert Kubica still struggled with his car and qualified 16th for the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.
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2009 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


NÜRBURGRING, 11 JULY
Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button fought their way through a thrilling and chaotic qualifying hour at the Nürburgring today to secure second and third positions on the grid for Sunday's 60-lap German Grand Prix.

With rain threatening, all the cars were quickly out on track at the start of Q1 with Rubens and Jenson running on the softer option tyre and completing two runs to safely progress into the second session.
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2009 SANTANDER GERMAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING


Nurburgring, Saturday July 11
MARTIN WHITMARSH,
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“First of all, congratulations to Mercedes-Benz for having five of their engines in the top seven – what a magnificent result. Obviously, we’ve made a step forward and having both cars on the third row is a fine achievement. Everybody in this team has worked incredibly hard to bring these performance upgrades to the car and it’s hugely gratifying for everyone that we can begin to see the results of all their efforts. Lewis and Heikki did a fantastic job in extremely difficult circumstances and Heikki’s pace, in particular, was outstanding. While a position on the front row was certainly possible, our cars were not running when the track was at its fastest. Nevertheless, we must be very pleased with today’s result and we look forward to tomorrow, when we feel we have the strategy to achieve another good result.”
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GERMAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 11 JULY, 2009
Prior to today’s qualifying session for the German GP, Nico Rosberg was one of only four drivers with a 100% record of progression into final qualifying this season, a record that unfortunately lapsed today. In a rain-affected second session, the stop-start wet conditions made tyre selection difficult and the team was not able to show the genuine abilities of the FW31, with both Kazuki and Nico on the wrong tyre at the critical moments in the session. Over the race distance tomorrow, the inherent car pace should enable both drivers to progress from their starting positions. Congratulations to Mark Webber for his first pole position.
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German Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 11 July 2009

Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-06)
3rd Practice: 7th, 1m 31.620s (+0.499s), 23 laps
1st Qualifying: 9th, 1m 31.760s (+0.503s), 9 laps
2nd Qualifying: 14th, 1m 42.771s (+8.316s), 8 laps

Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-05)
3rd Practice: 12th, 1m 32.033s (+0.901s), 20 laps
1st Qualifying: 19th, 1m 32.423s (+1.166s), 11 laps
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Qualifying Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2009 - Nürburgring

POS NAME NAT ENTRANT Q1 Q2 Q3
1 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:31.257 1:38.038 1:32.230
2 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:31.482 1:34.455 1:32.357
3 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:31.568 1:39.032 1:32.473
4 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:31.430 1:39.504 1:32.480
5 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:31.473 1:39.149 1:32.616
6 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:31.881 1:40.826 1:33.859
7 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:32.015 1:36.740 1:34.316
8 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:31.600 1:41.708 1:34.574
9 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:31.869 1:41.730 1:34.710
10 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:32.128 1:35.737 1:34.803
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:31.771 1:42.310
12 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:31.302 1:42.318
13 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:31.884 1:42.500
14 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:31.760 1:42.771
15 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:31.598 1:42.859
16 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:32.190
17 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:32.251
18 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:32.402
19 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:32.423
20 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.559
POLE POSITION LAP
M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:32.230 200.941 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:31.257 203.083 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2009 - Nürburgring

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:31.121 203.386
2 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:31.340 +0.219 202.899
3 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:31.351 +0.230 202.874
4 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:31.542 +0.421 202.451
5 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:31.610 +0.489 202.301
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:31.615 +0.494 202.290
7 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:31.620 +0.499 202.278
8 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:31.690 +0.569 202.124
9 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:31.731 +0.610 202.034
10 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:31.928 +0.807 201.601
11 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:32.009 +0.888 201.423
12 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:32.022 +0.901 201.395
13 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:32.104 +0.983 201.216
14 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:32.124 +1.003 201.172
15 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:32.135 +1.014 201.148
16 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:32.223 +1.102 200.956
17 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:32.239 +1.118 200.921
18 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:32.269 +1.148 200.856
19 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.742 +1.621 199.831
20 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:32.883 +1.762 199.528

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10 July


German GP - A windy day in the mountains


Nurburg, 10 July - Felipe Massa in twelfth place and Kimi Raikkonen in sixteenth is how the first three hours of practice ended for the two Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro drivers at the Nurburgring. After the first ninety minute session, the Brazilian ended up third and the Finn sixth.
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2009 German Grand Prix Friday


10/07/2009
The ING Renault F1 Team completed a busy day of practice at the Nürburgring today in preparation for this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
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2009 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


NÜRBURGRING, 10 JULY
Brawn GP began the team's on-track preparations for Round nine of the 2009 championship, the German Grand Prix, at the Nürburgring circuit located in Germany's Eifel Mountains today. With air temperatures dropping as low as just 10 degrees and a strengthening wind in the afternoon, it was an unseasonably chilly first day of practice.

Light rain just after the start of the morning practice session kept most of the cars in their garages for the first forty minutes. Once out on track, Jenson and Rubens began their initial set-up evaluations, using only the harder of the two tyre compounds provided by Bridgestone for the German Grand Prix weekend, completing 18 laps and 17 laps respectively.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


10 Jul. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre proved to be the fastest rubber on the undulating Nurburgring circuit for the first day of the German Grand Prix. In variable weather conditions, Lewis Hamilton set the day’s fastest lap time, a 1min 32.149secs, in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes during the afternoon practice session.
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German GP - Free practices


Nuerburgring– 10th July 2009
First Session
F. Massa: 3rd 1.33.745, 21 Laps
K. Raikkonen: 6th 1.33.840, 23 Laps
Second Session
F. Massa: 12th 1.33.052, 34 Laps277
K. Raikkonen:16th 1.33.182, 29 Laps 279
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2009 SANTANDER GERMAN GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE ANALYSIS


Nurburgring, Friday July 10
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“An encouraging afternoon for Lewis, who used the full new aerodynamic package for P2. Although it is still early days, and I’m sure we’ve yet to see the strongest efforts from Red Bull Racing and Brawn GP, I think there are good signs of an improvement. It was a more difficult day for Heikki, who regrettably didn’t have the new aerodynamic package upgrade, encountered traffic on his laps and generally had a much tougher afternoon. But he is a fighter, and I’m sure he’ll have a strong weekend nonetheless.”
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GERMAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


Objectives P1: Mechanical set-up and analysis of new aero components
Objectives P2: Performance evaluation for qualifying and the race

Conclusions - Sam Michael, Technical Director
“We worked through our programme, even though there was a little rain about this afternoon. It was pretty difficult given the gusty wind conditions today and with the track being cold, it was a challenge to generate the temperature to get the tyres up to the optimum grip level as quickly as possible. However, we managed to compare both tyres and check all the new aero parts we have on the car here. Overnight we will get our heads down and work on the set-up for tomorrow.”
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2009 German Grand Prix Free Practice Report


Adrian Sutil (car 20, VJM02/01):
FP1: 20th 1:35.092 (6 laps)
FP2: 6th 1:32.585 (32 laps)
Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21, VJM02/04):
FP1: 5th 1:33.839 (26 laps)
FP2: 20th 1:38.877 (3 laps)
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Germany: Friday Practice


10 | 07 | 09
Morning session: Mark Webber (1st) 1:33.082 19 laps; Sebastian Vettel (8th) 1:33.909 13 laps.
Afternoon session: Sebastian Vettel (2nd) 1:32.331 31 laps; Mark Webber (4th) 1:32.480 28 laps.
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Germany: Friday Practice


10 | 07 | 09
Morning session: Bourdais (16th) 1:34.827 27 laps. Buemi (17th) 1:34.878 28 laps.
Afternoon session: Buemi (18th) 1:33.903 30 laps; Bourdais (19th) 1:34.025.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - German Grand Prix - Free Practice


10.07.2009
Weather: overcast with some rain, 11-13°C Air, 14-24°C Track

Nürburg (DE). Despite typical cold Eifel weather, the BMW Sauber F1 Team had a smooth start to the weekend of its home Grand Prix. The team brought new parts for the F1.09 to the Nürburgring race – a different floor, including a further developed double diffuser, a modified rear suspension and, for its debut on Saturday morning, a modified front wing.
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Second Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2009 - Nürburgring

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:32.149 [23] 201.078
2 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:32.331 [31] +0.182 200.682
3 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:32.369 [32] +0.220 200.599
4 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:32.480 [28] +0.331 200.358
5 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:32.511 [32] +0.362 200.291
6 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:32.585 [32] +0.436 200.131
7 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:32.664 [26] +0.515 199.961
8 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:32.774 [24] +0.625 199.724
9 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:32.872 [32] +0.723 199.513
10 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:32.992 [29] +0.843 199.255
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:33.012 [36] +0.863 199.213
12 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:33.052 [34] +0.903 199.127
13 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:33.128 [34] +0.979 198.964
14 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:33.161 [28] +1.012 198.894
15 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:33.172 [34] +1.023 198.870
16 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:33.182 [29] +1.033 198.849
17 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:33.724 [27] +1.575 197.699
18 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.903 [30] +1.754 197.322
19 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.025 [30] +1.876 197.066
20 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:38.877 [3] +6.728 187.396

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German Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 10 July 2009
Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-06)
1st Practice: 4th, 1m 33.795s (+0.713s), 23 laps
2nd Practice: 5th, 1m 32.511s (+0.362s), 32 laps

Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-05)
1st Practice: 19th, 1m 34.911s (+1.829s), 23 laps
2nd Practice: 15th, 1m 33.172s (+1.023s), 34 laps
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First Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2009 - Nürburgring

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS GAP KPH
1 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:33.082 [19] 199.063
2 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:33.463 [18] 0.381 198.251
3 F. MASSA BRA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:33.745 [21] 0.663 197.655
4 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:33.795 [23] 0.713 197.549
5 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:33.839 [26] 0.757 197.457
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:33.840 [23] 0.758 197.455
7 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:33.902 [26] 0.820 197.324
8 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:33.909 [13] 0.827 197.310
9 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:33.952 [25] 0.870 197.219
10 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:34.148 [16] 1.066 196.809
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:34.221 [25] 1.139 196.656
12 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:34.227 [17] 1.145 196.644
13 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:34.483 [14] 1.401 196.111
14 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:34.694 [23] 1.612 195.674
15 N. PIQUET BRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:34.738 [24] 1.656 195.583
16 S. BOURDAIS FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.827 [27] 1.745 195.400
17 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.878 [28] 1.796 195.295
18 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:34.893 [26] 1.811 195.264
19 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:34.911 [23] 1.829 195.227
20 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:35.092 [6] 2.010 194.855

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09 July


Setting the Record Straight


09/07/2009
2010 FIA Formula One World Championship
Before FOTA’s decision to walk out of yesterday’s Technical Working Group meeting, the President of the FIA wrote twice to the President of FOTA to remind him that any amendments to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship regulations were subject to the unanimous approval of the five teams that had already entered for next season under the rules as published.
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Timo Glock set to unveil his new look


Thursday 9 July 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing driver Timo Glock will take the wraps off his new-look helmet this afternoon at the Nürburgring, venue for this weekend's German Grand Prix.

Over 170 children responded to the Panasonic 'Kids School' competition to design new helmet colours for Timo to wear throughout the German Grand Prix weekend, before reverting to his usual design for the rest of the season.
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Massa: “a reason to be happy”


Nurburgring, 9th July – It might be mid-summer, but the Nurburgring was true to its reputation today, as preparations began for Sunday’s German Grand Prix, with cool weather all day and heavy rain in the late afternoon. In the warm and dry Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Media motorhome, Felipe Massa met the world’s media for the first time since Silverstone three weeks ago. The fact the championship has moved into its second half prompted questions about next year. “It can be strange to see a driver already thinking about next year, but it is normal for a team to look ahead,,” explained the Brazilian.
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Raikkonen: “more effort into next year’s car”


Nurburgring, 9th July – While Kimi Raikkonen looked relaxed and refreshed after the longer than usual break since the last race, the questions he faced this afternoon from the media seemed to be the same as always! Asked if a podium might be a possibility at this circuit, whose characteristics might suit the F60 better than those at the last two races, Kimi was cautious.
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08 July


Representatives of all FOTA teams attended a meeting of the Sporting Working Group at the Nürburgring today.


Date: 8 July, 2009
During the course of this meeting, the team managers were informed by Mr Charlie Whiting of the FIA that, contrary to previous agreements, the eight FOTA teams are not currently entered into the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship and have no voting rights in relation to the technical and sporting regulations thereof.
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2010 FIA Formula One World Championship


08/07/2009
Following the decision of the World Council on 24 June to revert to the pre-29 April version of the 2010 F1 Sporting and Technical Regulations, the FIA today met the teams which have entered the 2010 Championship to seek their agreement to these changes.
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Massa: "I have been taking part in the presentation of a new car"


Maranello, 8th July - “I arrived back in Europe earlier this week, having spent the longer than usual break since the last race, at home in Sao Paulo. It was an enjoyable time, but rather quiet, as I just wanted to enjoy spending some time with my wife, who is pregnant, expecting our first child in November. Perfect timing from us for the baby to arrive conveniently after the end of the Formula 1 season! Everything is going well and it is a nice feeling knowing I am soon going to be a “papà.” Apart from that, I took part in a karting race with some friends. It was nothing serious, just some fun, driving a small 125 cc kart. Well, with an extra week in between the Grands Prix I had to get some racing done!
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Bridgestone Motorsport German Grand Prix Preview


08 Jul. 2009
Bridgestone returns to the circuit of Nurburgring after a year’s absence where the medium and super soft compound Bridgestone Potenza tyres will be used for the German Grand Prix on July 10-12.

Last year’s race in Germany took place at Hockenheim, so this will be an interesting return to the venue which provided a very exciting wet weather race in 2007. The medium and super soft allocation is the same as used earlier this season in Australia, China and Bahrain.
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German Grand Prix Preview


10 - 12 July 2009
For the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship the German Grand Prix switches back to the Nurburgring in the heart of the Eifel Mountains to the west of Germany. The event, held from 10 - 12 July, will be the ninth round of the 17-round series and the home event for Force India's engine partner, Mercedes-Benz.
Following a competitive British Grand Prix that saw Giancarlo Fisichella race to tenth overall, just under two seconds from eighth and the last point-scoring position, the Force India Formula One Team has high hopes of opening its point-scoring account this weekend. The team has used the extended three-week gap between races to hone the new aero package debuted in Silverstone and finalise smaller modifications that will be introduced in Germany.
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German Grand Prix 2009 Preview


The ING Renault F1 Team looks forward to round nine of the season, the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.
Fernando Alonso: “The Nürburgring is a good place to go racing”
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07 July


Raikkonen: "Proving statistics wrong at the Nürburgring"


Maranello, 7th July 2009 - The statistics tell the opposite but I really like racing in Germany, especially at the Nürburgring. I gained the pole four times, but I could never win. Maybe I just wasn’t lucky enough here and at Hockenheim. Just look at the last race for example. I gained the pole position, but right after the start there was a downpour and the race was suspended. When it started again I was on third position with a perfect strategy, but then I had to retire due to a hydraulic problem.
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German Grand Prix Preview Q+A - Timo Glock


What is your history with the Nürburgring?
The first time I went there was in 2000 when I was racing in ADAC Formula Junior, during my first season of car racing. Since then I've been there quite a lot, particularly before I reached Formula 1 in 2004 as basically all my racing was in Germany. So it feels like a second home to me. It's also a race where I have generally always had success; I won or was on the podium in almost every race I've had there.
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06 July


GERMAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


At a Glance
When Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July, 2009
Where Nürburgring, Germany
Round 9 of 17
Standings AT&T Williams 15.5pts (5th), N Rosberg 15.5pts (7th), K Nakajima 0pts (20th)
Germany’s Hot Topics
Who’s moved ahead in the development war after the three week break between races?
Who’ll have what upgrades in Germany?
Will it rain or shine in the Eifel?
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German Grand Prix - Preview


Monday 6 July 2009

Date: Sunday, 12 July, 2pm CET
Round: 9 of 17
Venue: Nürburgring
Distance: 5.148km (60 laps)
Lap record: 1min 29.468s (2004)
History: The first German Grand Prix was held in 1926, it joined the Formula 1 World Championship calendar in 1951 and has been on the calendar ever since, with absences in 1955, 1960 and 2007. Hockenheim (31) has hosted the most German Grands Prix while AVUS (1) and Nürburgring (23) have also held the race.
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04 July


Bridgestone Motorsport announce tyre specifications


30 Jun. 2009
Bridgestone, the Official Tyre Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship, is pleased to announce the compound allocations of Potenza tyres for a further four rounds of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - German Grand Prix - Preview


Munich/Hinwil, 3rd July 2009. You always have a special attachment to your home race – in both good times and bad – and the BMW Sauber F1 Team is certainly looking forward to the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Many chapters of success in BMW’s motor sport history have been written at the circuit in the Eifel mountains, which is also used to put series-production cars through the most rigorous of testing. Plus, the company has played its part in the extensive modifications carried out at the ‘Ring.
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Reserve Driver Change


01 | 07 | 09
As the 2009 season reaches its halfway point, Red Bull F1 is making a change to its nominated reserve driver for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
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DC’s Guide To… the Nürburgring


01 | 07 | 09
We head to Seb’s home race with two wins under our belt. But as Mr Coulthard explains, things are never straight forward when F1 visits the Ring.
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03 July


2009 GERMAN GRAND PRIX NÜRBURGRING - PREVIEW


10-12 JULY
The midway point of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship arrives next weekend with Round nine, the German Grand Prix, to be held at the historic Nürburgring circuit in the Eifel Mountains.

The home race for Brawn GP's engine partner Mercedes-Benz, the venue for the German round of the championship alternates between the Nürburgring and Hockenheim, with the last Grand Prix taking place at the Nürburgring in July 2007.
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2009 SANTANDER GERMAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Lewis Hamilton

“The last time we raced at the Nürburgring was in 2007, and I remember I had a tough afternoon battling through from the back of the field to finish just outside the points. It’s a fantastic circuit, a little older than a lot of the current tracks we currently visit and with quite a different feel to what we’re used to: it’s fast and flowing with some good spots for overtaking. And it’s in a fantastic part of the world too; deep in the forests of western Germany, where the fans seem to live and breathe Formula 1. It’s always an amazing party atmosphere whenever we race in Germany.
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