30 August


GP Belgium: Result


30 | 08 | 09
Sébastien Buemi finished 12th in Spa, while Jaime Alguersuari had to retire after a collision on the first lap.
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GP Belgium: Result


30 | 08 | 09
Sebastian was back on the podium with a third place in Spa, while Mark just missed out on points following a drive-through penalty, finishing ninth.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Belgian Grand Prix Report


30 Aug. 2009
Kimi Raikkonen (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) used a soft – medium - soft tyre strategy to score his first race win of the season after a thrilling and tactical Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.
Raikkonen finished less than a second ahead of pole-sitter Giancarlo Fisichella who achieved Force India’s best ever result with second, using a soft-soft-medium tyre strategy. Sebastian Vettel used a medium-medium-soft tyre strategy to finish third.
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Belgian GP - Race


Spa-Francorchamps, 30th August 2009
K. Raikkonen: 1° 1.23.50.995 - 44 laps 279 Chassis
L. Badoer: 14° 1.25.33.172 + 102.177 44 laps 280 Chassis
Weather: air temperature 20/17 °C, track temperature 26/24 °C, sunny.

First win of the season for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen. This is the Finn’s eighteenth career victory, the fourth at this track. For Ferrari, it is win number 210 from 788 Grands Prix starts, the sixteenth at this race. Luca Badoer finished in fourteenth place.
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Belgian GP - Ferrari victory!


Spa-Francorchamps, 30th August 2009 - Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix, to give Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro its first win of the season, and Kimi his fourth podium of 2009.Luca Badoer finished 14th. It is the fourth time the Finn has won at this classic track.
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2009 Belgian Grand Prix Race Report


30 August 2009 - Giancarlo Fisichella has finished a nail-biting Belgian Grand Prix in second position - just one second from first place - marking the Force India Formula One Team's first-ever World Championship points. The eight points now bring Force India to ninth position in the constructors' championship and Giancarlo to 14th in the drivers'.
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2009 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, 30 AUGUST
An eventful Belgian Grand Prix for Brawn GP saw Rubens Barrichello finish in seventh position at the end of the 44-lap race to score two points for the team's championship challenge, with team-mate Jenson Button retiring from the race on the first lap.
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2009 Belgian Grand Prix Sunday


30 AUG 2009
It was a frustrating afternoon for the ING Renault F1 Team as both Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean retired from the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The team’s attention now turns to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in two weeks time.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix - Race


30.08.2009
Weather: dry, partly cloudy, 16-18°C Air, 28-34°C Track
Spa-Francorchamps (BE). The BMW Sauber F1 Team walks away from Spa with a further nine championship points in its pocket. This is exactly the total the team has collected in all the previous eleven races this year. While Robert Kubica improved from fifth on the grid to fourth in the Belgian Grand Prix, his team mate, Nick Heidfeld, was not so happy as he started third and finished fifth in the race. The team had the pace to record the second and third fastest laps in the race.
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2009 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX


Spa-Francorchamps, Sunday August 30
MARTIN WHITMARSH
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Heikki drove very strongly from 15th on the grid to sixth at the finish, optimising a one-stop strategy that necessitated comparatively heavy fuel loads, and nursing his tyres judiciously all afternoon. Lewis was tapped by another car at La Source, and was then slammed into the wall at Les Combes by yet another. But that’s racing.
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Belgian Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 30 August 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing's bid for a return to the podium in the Belgium Grand Prix came unstuck at the first corner of the race at Spa-Francorchamps today. After a brilliant qualifying, Jarno Trulli lined up second with Timo Glock seventh and the team was a genuine contender for honours. But as Jarno exited the first corner, his front wing was damaged in contact with the rear of Nick Heidfeld's car, forcing him to pit for a replacement. Timo, who also started on the medium compound Bridgestone Potenza tyre, made up places and ended the first lap fourth, with the safety car on track following a midfield accident.
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Race Classification


after 44 Laps - 308.052 Kms
2009 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME GAP KPH
1 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:23:50.995 220.430
2 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:23:51.934 +0.939 220.389
3 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:23:54.870 +3.875 220.261
4 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:24:00.961 +9.966 219.995
5 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:24:02.271 +11.276 219.938
6 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:24:23.758 +32.763 219.004
7 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:24:26.456 +35.461 218.888
8 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:24:27.203 +36.208 218.855
9 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:24:27.954 +36.959 218.823
10 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:24:32.485 +41.490 218.627
11 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:24:33.631 +42.636 218.578
12 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:24:37.101 +46.106 218.429
13 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:24:45.236 +54.241 218.079
14 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:25:33.172 +102.177 216.043
NOT CLASSIFIED
F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 26 LAPS DNF 208.921
J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 21 LAPS DNF 204.457
L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 0 LAPS DNF
J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 0 LAPS DNF
J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 0 LAPS DNF
R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 0 LAPS DNF
FASTEST LAP
S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:47.263 on lap 38 235.070

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29 August


Belgian GP - Qualifying session


Spa-Francorchamps, 29th August 2009
Qualifying session
Luca Badoer: 20th 1.46.957 11 laps
Kimi Raikkonen: 6th 1.46.633 6 laps
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Belgian GP - The oddest grid of the year


Francorchamps, 29 August 2009 – Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix from the outside of Row 3, having set the sixth fastest time in Q3, while Luca Badoer unfortunately repeats his Valencia qualifying to start last. In the Italian’s defence, he has shown a distinct improvement in actual performance terms this weekend.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


29 Aug. 2009
Bridgestone’s soft tyre carried Giancarlo Fisichella to Force India’s first ever pole position for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.
Fisichella completed a 1min 46.308secs lap for his first pole since the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2006 and tomorrow will see an all Italian front row after Jarno Trulli (Panasonic Toyota Racing) qualified second.
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2009 Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


POLE!!!
29 August 2009 - Giancarlo Fisichella has secured a spectacular first pole for the Force India Formula One Team, marking the first time that an Indian team has been on the front row of the starting grid for a Grand Prix. The 36-year-old Italian will start from pole for the fourth time in his career after an unbelievable qualifying session.
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GP Belgium: Qualifying


29 | 08 | 09
Seb will start in 8th and Mark 9th following this afternoon's session in Spa.
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GP Belgium: Qualifying


29 | 08 | 09
Séb will start in 16th and Jaime 17th following this afternoon's session in Spa.
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2009 Belgian Grand Prix Saturday


Today’s qualifying session in Spa saw Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean qualify in 13th and 19th places respectively for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.
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2009 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, 29 AUGUST
Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello will start the Belgian Grand Prix from the second row of the grid tomorrow having qualified his Brawn-Mercedes car in fourth position at the end of a thrilling qualifying hour in Spa. Team-mate Jenson Button had a more challenging session and will start the race from 14th position.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying


29.08.2009
Weather: dry, overcast, 13-16°C Air, 22-32°C Track
Spa-Francorchamps (BE). The BMW Sauber F1 Team put in the best qualifying result of the 2009 season to date with Nick Heidfeld third and Robert Kubica fifth. In the morning’s free practice it had looked promising with Heidfeld fastest overall and Kubica sixth.
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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 29 AUGUST, 2009
Today’s qualifying session at the Spa circuit ahead of tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix threw up an uncharacteristic front row, and, by extension, saw a number of favoured drivers knocked out in the earlier stages of the sessions. After an uncompetitive start to the weekend with the AT&T Williams team struggling to find pace, late overnight changes and a commanding session-best sector two in Q2 enabled Nico Rosberg to maintain a near-perfect top 10 qualifying record this season. In the fluctuating form up and down the field, Kazuki Nakajima was unable to repeat the performance of his team-mate and starts tomorrow’s race on the ninth row of the grid.
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Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 29 August 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing returned to the front row of the grid in an exciting qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps today. Following a promising final practice session, which saw Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock continue their impressive form from yesterday to record top-six lap times, the team was optimistic for qualifying.
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2009 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING ANALYSIS


Spa-Francorchamps, Saturday August 29
MARTIN WHITMARSH
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“First of all, I want to say ‘Well done!’ to Force India on the occasion of their first ever pole position. But Giancarlo Fisichella’s pole wasn’t the only unexpected element of today’s grid – far from it, in fact – and I think it’s fair to say that very few people would have successfully forecast today’s top three. As for us, the reality is that we didn’t provide our drivers with a quick enough car, and the consequence was a disappointing qualifying result. Having said that, the microclimate here is notoriously unpredictable, and it’s a long lap, and form upsets are therefore relatively common. So Lewis and Heikki are both aiming to score points tomorrow.”
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Qualifying Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps
POS NAME NAT ENTRANT Q1 Q2 Q3

1 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:45.102 1:44.667 1:46.308
2 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:45.140 1:44.503 1:46.395
3 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:45.566 1:44.709 1:46.500
4 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:45.237 1:44.834 1:46.513
5 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:45.655 1:44.557 1:46.586
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:45.579 1:44.953 1:46.633
7 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:45.450 1:44.877 1:46.677
8 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:45.372 1:44.592 1:46.761
9 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:45.350 1:44.924 1:46.788
10 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:45.486 1:45.047 1:47.362
11 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:45.239 1:45.119
12 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.767 1:45.122
13 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:45.707 1:45.136
14 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:45.761 1:45.251
15 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:45.705 1:45.259
16 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:45.951
17 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.032
18 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:46.307
19 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:46.359
20 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:46.957
POLE POSITION LAP
G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:46.308 237.182 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:44.503 241.279 KPH

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Third Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:45.388 [17] 239.253
2 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:45.462 [18] +0.074 239.085
3 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:45.677 [20] +0.289 238.598
4 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:45.878 [18] +0.490 238.145
5 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:45.908 [18] +0.520 238.078
6 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:45.987 [18] +0.599 237.900
7 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:46.040 [19] +0.652 237.781
8 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:46.114 [21] +0.726 237.616
9 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:46.301 [17] +0.913 237.198
10 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:46.406 [20] +1.018 236.964
11 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:46.409 [19] +1.021 236.957
12 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.417 [19] +1.029 236.939
13 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:46.462 [17] +1.074 236.839
14 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:46.747 [14] +1.359 236.207
15 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.814 [22] +1.426 236.058
16 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:46.815 [19] +1.427 236.056
17 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:46.926 [14] +1.538 235.811
18 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:47.055 [20] +1.667 235.527
19 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:47.078 [19 +1.690 235.476
20 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing [3]

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28 August


Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


28 Aug. 2009
Bridgestone’s soft tyre proved to be the fastest rubber on the undulating Spa Francorchamps circuit for the first day of running for the Belgian Grand Prix. In a day of mixed weather conditions, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the day’s fastest time in the dry afternoon practice session.
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2009 Belgian Grand Prix Friday


The ING Renault F1 Team completed a busy day of practice in preparation for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
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GP Belgium: Friday Practice


28 | 08 | 09
In the morning Mark was 17th fastest with a best time of 2:06.181 after 15 laps, while Seb did not record a time. This afternoon Mark was 4th quickest recording a time of 1:47.329 over 31 laps, Seb was 10th fastest after 25 laps with a time of 1:47.602.
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GP Belgium: Friday Practice


28 | 08 | 09
This morning Séb recorded the fourth fastest lap with a time of 1:51.045 after 20 laps, while Jaime was just one place behind him with a time of 1:51.529 after 24 laps. This afternoon Jaime was 9th quickest with a time of 1:47.579 and Séb was 11th with a best of 1:47.702.
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BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


Objectives P1
• Wet running to assess set-up requirements for these conditions
Objectives P2
• Performance evaluation of tyres – high fuel for race and low fuel for qualifying
• Evaluation of aero and mechanical set-up
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Belgian GP - Free practice session


Spa-Francorchamps, 28th August 2009
First Session
K. Raikkonen: 7° 1.52.930 16 laps 279 chassis
L. Badoer: 10° 1.55.068 20 laps 280 chassis
Second Session
K. Raikkonen: 3° 1.47.285 26 laps 279 chassis
L. Badoer: 20° 1.49.211 30 laps 280 chassis
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix - Free Practice


28.08.2009
Weather: unsettled, rain in the first session, 15-18°C Air, 17-33°C Track
Spa-Francorchamps (BE). Changeable weather conditions are the norm at Spa: After the first 90 minutes of free practice for the Belgian Grand Prix were wet, the track was dry for the afternoon’s session, and there was even some sunshine. The BMW Sauber F1 Team managed to compress the usual Friday programme into the second session and all in all enjoyed a trouble free day.
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2009 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE


Spa-Francorchamps, Friday August 28
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“As always at Spa, the weather played a prominent role in our preparations for the race – but the local micro-climate is one of the idiosyncrasies of the place, and the reason why it so often throws up an unusual result. As an example, this morning’s rainfall initially looked like a passing shower but ended up rendering much of P1 useless for practical evaluation.
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2009 Belgian Grand Prix Free Practice Report


28 August 2009 - The hills and valleys of the Ardennes forest reverberated with the sound of Formula One engines as practice for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix got underway today at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
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2009 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, 28 AUGUST
The infamous Spa weather lived up to expectations today with the first of the practice sessions for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix taking place in very different conditions as Brawn GP's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello took to the race track again just five days after the European Grand Prix in Valencia.
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Belgian Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 28 August 2009
Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-06)
1st Practice: 1st, 1m 49.675s, 13 laps
2nd Practice: 7th, 1m 47.559s (+0.358s), 33 laps

Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-05)
1st Practice: 18th, 2m 06.331s (+16.656s), 15 laps
2nd Practice: 2nd, 1m 47.217s (+0.016s), 29 laps
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Second Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:47.201 [29] 235.206
2 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:47.217 [29] +0.016 235.171
3 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:47.285 [26] +0.084 235.022
4 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:47.329 [31] +0.128 234.926
5 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:47.333 [34] +0.132 234.917
6 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:47.506 [27] +0.305 234.539
7 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:47.559 [33] +0.358 234.423
8 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:47.578 [33] +0.377 234.382
9 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:47.579 [36] +0.378 234.380
10 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:47.602 [25] +0.401 234.330
11 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:47.702 [38] +0.501 234.112
12 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:47.743 [33] +0.542 234.023
13 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:47.790 [29] +0.589 233.921
14 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:47.862 [30] +0.661 233.765
15 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:47.961 [32] +0.760 233.551
16 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:48.017 [30] +0.816 233.429
17 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:48.125 [34] +0.924 233.196
18 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:48.130 [37] +0.929 233.185
19 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:48.360 [29] +1.159 232.691
20 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:49.211 [30] +2.010 230.877

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First Practice Session Classification


FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX 2009 - Spa-Francorchamps

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:49.675 [13] 229.901
2 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:50.283 [18] +0.608 228.633
3 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:50.368 [13] +0.693 228.457
4 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:51.045 [20] +1.370 227.064
5 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:51.529 [24] +1.854 226.079
6 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:52.321 [18] +2.646 224.485
7 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:52.930 [16] +3.255 223.274
8 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:53.383 [11] +3.708 222.382
9 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:53.650 [12] +3.975 221.860
10 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:55.068 [20] +5.393 219.126
11 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 2:03.972 [11] +14.297 203.387
12 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 2:04.505 [13] +14.830 202.517
13 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 2:05.513 [13 +15.838 200.890
14 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 2:05.614 [14] +15.939 200.729
15 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 2:05.705 [15] +16.030 200.583
16 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 2:05.839 [10] +16.164 200.370
17 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 2:06.181 [6 ] +16.506 199.827
18 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 2:06.331 [15] +16.656 199.589
19 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing [1 ]
20 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes [4 ]
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27 August


Raikkonen: “I’m sure I can find something to do!”


Francorchamps, 27th August 2009 — Just four days after finishing second in the European Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen was back dealing with the media, in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock, which despite all the usual talk of rain, is actually bright, sunny and warm at the moment. “It’s a nice place and a great circuit,” was the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver’s view of this track where he won three times. “I will be aiming for a podium again, but we won’t know until after tomorrow’s practice, which should give us a clearer picture. The car has worked well in the last two races, as good as it can get really, but when you consider the last two venues were similar to Monaco in some ways, then that is not so surprising.”
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Bridgestone Motorsport Belgian Grand Prix Preview


27 Aug. 2009
Bridgestone will bring the medium and soft tyres for the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28-30 which takes place on the longest circuit of the year, the 7 km Spa Francorchamps circuit.

Located in the forests of the Ardennes region, the challenge of the Spa circuit is legendary. It features 19 corners and offers a real high speed challenge over its undulating course. This is the first time that the medium and soft tyres have been used in a consecutive allocation for a race.
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Belgian Grand Prix 2009 Preview


The ING Renault F1 Team looks forward to round twelve of the season, the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
Fernando Alonso: “Determined to keep pushing hard”
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26 August

2009 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
28-30 AUGUST
Just one week after Rubens Barrichello achieved Brawn GP's seventh victory of the 2009 Formula One season in Valencia, Round 12 takes the team to Spa in the forests of the Ardennes for the Belgian Grand Prix.
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Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 12, Belgian GP


26 Aug. 2009
Wheel rims…
A tyre, even a Bridgestone Potenza Formula One tyre, cannot do its job by itself. It needs a wheel rim to hold and help shape it, and attach it to the car. And, whilst they may look like a simple piece in the technological jigsaw that makes up a Formula One car, wheel rims are a highly complex topic.
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Belgian GP - The historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit


Spa-Francorchamps, 26th August 2009 - The contrast could not be more marked as in the space of a week, the Formula 1 championship trail switches from one of the newest tracks on the calendar, the Valencia street circuit, to one of the most famous and historic venues in motor sport, Spa-Francorchamps. While Valencia is a man-made circuit, artificially created around a port, Spa owes its character more to nature than to man, as its sweeping 7.004 kilometres follow the contours of the Ardennes.
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Belgian Grand Prix Preview


28 - 30 August 2009
The next round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Belgian Grand Prix, will take place just one week after last weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia. Held at the 7km Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the heart of the country's Ardennes Forest, the Belgian Grand Prix is famed for its dramatic undulation changes and challenging corners that generally produce close, exciting racing.
The Force India Formula One Team looks forward to Belgium following a competitive weekend performance in Valencia where new upgrades saw the team secure a slot in Q2 yet again and a promising double top 12 finish in the race.
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25 August


BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Lewis Hamilton
“Like Monaco, Silverstone and Monza, it’s one of the historic circuits that I grew up watching on television when I was younger – which makes it just that bit more special for me, because it’s so easy to imagine the heroes of the past racing here. It’s also a magnificent circuit, a place where you can really push the limits of a Formula 1 car: driving through Eau Rouge, Pouhon or Blanchimont is an incredible sensation – your whole body is on the limit and you are still pushing to go faster still. I love Spa – I don’t think it should ever leave the Formula 1 calendar.”
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Raikkonen in Spa for another place on the podium


Maranello, 25th August 2009 - I really enjoy winning, but even a third place can give you some good feelings. We started into the European GP from the sixth position on the starting grid, we had a good start and we managed to gain another place on the podium: we can hardly expect more than this. Our goal is to fight for a position amongst the first three teams and we’ve reached this goal. It was definitely one of my best weekends so far this year, together with the ones in Monaco and Budapest, obviously from a technical point of view.
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Belgian Grand Prix Preview Q+A - Pascal Vasselon


Why is Spa so special?
For most of the drivers Spa is probably the best circuit in the world, with only Suzuka coming close. The reason for this is that Spa is one of the last natural circuits left in Formula 1, which means the lay-out is not artificial and it is dictated by the surroundings. Then you have the countryside around Spa, with the hills and forests which create a wonderful atmosphere. The other reason is that it is a fast circuit; drivers and spectators are fascinated by speed. Apart from Monaco, which is an exception to the rule, I have never heard a driver excited about a low-speed circuit. The combination of these factors makes it a really special place.
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European Grand Prix Debrief - Q+A with Timo Glock


The European Grand Prix marked the return to racing after a four-week summer break; were you relaxed heading to Valencia?
I had a great break, mainly just relaxing with friends and family near my home and I actually went to Valencia a little before I needed to so I could be completely rested and ready for action. As a Formula 1 driver you don't get much time to yourself so I was happy to have a quiet break and avoid travelling or anything like that. As well as relaxing I also did quite a bit of fitness work, especially cycling which I enjoy.
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24 August


BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
In the slipstream of two circuits that render overtaking all but impossible, Spa offers welcome relief to frustrated drivers. Fast and challenging, the longest track on the calendar incorporates a raft of passing opportunities and some of the most exhilarating corners of the season, notably Pouhon and Eau Rouge. The weather often generates a little unwanted excitement, too, in the form of sudden cloudbursts. Drivers plump for both one-and two-stop strategies (the latter favoured by the quicker qualifiers), but adverse weather in 2008 meant two or three stops became the order of the day.
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EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX REVIEW


MONDAY 24 AUGUST, 2009
SYNOPSIS
AT&T Williams returned home from the European Grand Prix at Valencia with a seventh consecutive point-scoring finish courtesy of Nico Rosberg’s fifth place following another strong weekend in which the FW31 further proved itself as strong on a fast and flowing street circuit as it is on tight and twisty tracks such as Budapest.
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No break for the Scuderia


Maranello, 24 August 2009 – No break for the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro eight days after the summer halt. After the European GP the Team is already getting ready for the next race, which will be held at Spa-Francorchamps: the two F60s used last Sunday in Valencia are on their way to Belgium, while some mechanics already arrived at the track. The main part of the team will leave for the Ardennes tomorrow afternoon, while the rest of the men and women will arrive Wednesday morning. The cars will be checked in the box at the probably most fascinating track in the world. Therefore it will be necessary to set up the garage as soon as possible, much faster than it usually happens for transfers in Europe.
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Bridgestone Motorsport announce tyre specifications


24 Aug. 2009
Bridgestone, the Official Tyre Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship, is pleased to announce the final compound allocations of Potenza tyres for the last four rounds of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.

A return is made to the allocation philosophy of leaving a rubber stiffness gap between allocated tyres for the Grands Prix at Suzuka, Japan and Interlagos, Brazil. Consecutive compounds will be used at Singapore and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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DC's Guide to Spa-Francorchamps


24 | 08 | 09
We asked Mr Coulthard what it was like driving a Formula One car through Eau Rouge, one of the most famous sections of track on the calendar, and what he liked about the track and its surroundings...
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Belgian Grand Prix - Preview


Monday 24 August 2009
Date: Sunday, 30 August, 2pm CET
Round: 12 of 17
Venue: Spa-Francorchamps
Distance: 7.004km (44 laps)
Lap record: 1min 47.930s (2008)
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - Belgian Grand Prix - Preview


23.08.2009
28th – 30th August 2009 , 12th of 17 World Championship races
Munich/Hinwil, 23rd August 2009. Formula One swaps Mediterranean glamour for the rugged countryside of the Ardennes as the teams line up for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps – just seven days after the European Grand Prix in Valencia. This “natural” circuit is one of the most challenging on the F1 calendar.
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23 August


European GP - Race


Valencia, 23rd August 2009
K. Raikkonen: 3rd 1:36.07.283 +15.994 57 laps 279 chassis
L. Badoer: 17th 1:37.13.273 + 1 giro 56 laps 280 chassis
Weather: air temperature 32/33 °C, track temperature 46/47 °C, sunny.

Fourth podium of the season for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the third for Kimi Raikkonen. The second F60 in the race, that of Luca Badoer, came home in seventeenth place. With today’s six points, the Scuderia has consolidated its third place in the Constructors’ classification.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s European Grand Prix Report


23 Aug. 2009
Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP Formula 1 Team) used a soft-soft-super soft strategy to achieve the 150th GP win on Bridgestone Potenza tyres after a thrilling European Grand Prix in Valencia .
Barrichello took his tenth career win in a highly tactical race, where Bridgestone’s soft and super soft tyres were closely matched. He led pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) across the line by 2.3 seconds whilst Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Kimi Raikkonen finished third.
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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX - RACE


VALENCIA, 23 AUGUST
Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello won the 2009 European Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit today. The Brazilian, scoring his tenth victory in Formula One and the 100th Grand Prix victory for a Brazilian driver, started from third on the grid and drove an aggressive and determined race to take the chequered flag in his Brawn-Mercedes car. Team-mate Jenson Button came home in seventh place adding a valuable two points to his lead in the Drivers' Championship.
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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX


Valencia, Sunday August 23
MARTIN WHITMARSH, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Following our all-front-row qualifying result, naturally enough we had very high expectations for today’s race. In the event, though, our race pace wasn’t good enough to beat Rubens’s car. We’d adopted a different tyre strategy from many of the front-runners – maybe that was right, maybe that was wrong – but the reality is that we weren’t quick enough to win today.
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European GP - Another podium


Valencia, 23rd August 2009 - Just before the summer break, Kimi Raikkonen finished second in Budapest and today, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver was on the podium again, this time in third place after a strong drive. On his debut for the Scuderia, Luca Badoer brought his F60 home in seventeenth spot. After Ferrari’s Felipe Massa won the inaugural race at Valencia last year, today, Rubens Barrichello ensured that the Brazilian National Anthem was played again, as he took his first win for Brawn, his first victory since his days as a Ferrari driver. Second place went to the McLaren-Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. While this result keeps the Scuderia in third place in the Constructors’ championship, McLaren’s return to form in recent races means the Anglo-German team is now only five points behind in fourth.
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2009 European Grand Prix Sunday


The ING Renault F1 Team came away with three points from Valencia as Fernando Alonso finished 6th in this afternoon’s European Grand Prix. The team’s rookie driver Romain Grosjean completed his debut Grand Prix in 15th.
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European Grand Prix: Result


23 | 08 | 09
Mark Webber finished this afternoon's race in 9th, but Vettel was forced to retire on lap 24.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - European Grand Prix - Race


23.08.2009
Weather: dry and sunny, 31-32°C Air, 46-47°C Track
Valencia (ES). One championship point ended a three race dry spell for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Robert Kubica came eighth at the European Grand Prix in Valencia and scored the first point since the Turkish Grand Prix. His team mate Nick Heidfeld made a good start but then got stuck in traffic. He finished 11th which was also his grid position.
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2009 European Grand Prix Race Report


23 August 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team has finished a sweltering European Grand Prix with Adrian Sutil in 10th and Giancarlo Fisichella in 12th position. Adrian's result is Force India's fourth top 10 finish this season, and his best result since the season opening Australian Grand Prix, while Giancarlo's is his fifth top 12 position this year.
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EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX RACE


SUNDAY 23 AUGUST, 2009
Today’s European Grand Prix at Valencia’s 5.44km street circuit yielded four points for the AT&T Williams team as Nico Rosberg scored for the seventh consecutive time this season, eight times overall, with his fifth place finish. Despite strong progress from 17th on the grid which saw him jump three places in the opening lap, Kazuki Nakajima’s compromised weekend continued as a puncture on lap 38 forced an unscheduled pitstop and returned him to the back of the field. As a precaution, with two laps to go, Kazuki was retired to limit any potential damage to his gearbox as a result of the earlier puncture. Today’s points consolidate the team’s sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship and Nico’s fifth position in the drivers’ standings.
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European Grand Prix - Race Round-Up


Sunday 23 August 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing completed a difficult weekend by missing out on the top 10 in the European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia, Spain today despite setting the fastest lap of the race. A tough afternoon was expected following a frustrating qualifying session and that proved to be the case on another hot and sunny day. The race started badly when Timo Glock was hit from behind in the first corners, causing a puncture and necessitating a first-lap pit stop for new soft compound Bridgestone Potenza tyres. Jarno Trulli, also starting on the soft tyres, made up three places on the first lap but on a track where overtaking is almost impossible the top 10 proved to be out of reach. Both drivers started on heavy fuel loads and passed half distance before making their first pit stop, each switching to super soft tyres.
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Race Classification


after 57 Laps - 308.883 Kms

2009 FORMULA 1 TELEFÓNICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE - Valencia

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT LAPS TIME GAP KPH

1 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 57 1:35:51.289 193.344
2 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 57 1:35:53.647 +2.358 193.265
3 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 57 1:36:07.283 +15.994 192.808
4 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 57 1:36:11.321 +20.032 192.673
5 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 57 1:36:12.159 +20.870 192.645
6 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 57 1:36:19.033 +27.744 192.416
7 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 57 1:36:26.202 +34.913 192.177
8 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 57 1:36:27.956 +36.667 192.119
9 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 57 1:36:36.199 +44.910 191.846
10 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 57 1:36:39.224 +47.935 191.746
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 57 1:36:40.111 +48.822 191.716
12 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 57 1:36:54.903 +63.614 191.229
13 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 57 1:36:55.816 +64.527 191.199
14 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 57 1:37:17.808 +86.519 190.478
15 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 57 1:37:23.063 +91.774 190.307
16 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 56 1:36:38.330 +1 LAP 188.411
17 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 56 1:37:13.273 +1 LAP 187.282
18 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 54 1:33:55.440 DNF 186.933
NOT CLASSIFIED
S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 41 1:11:54.231 DNF 185.396
S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 23 39:37.282 DNF 188.742
FASTEST LAP
T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:38.683 on lap 55 197.687

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McLAREN-MERCEDES 250


Today’s European Grand Prix will mark the 250th race of the McLaren-Mercedes partnership. In light of this momentous occasion, we are issuing some facts and figures for your general perusal:
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22 August


European GP - Strategy and KERS will be the key


Valencia, 22nd August 2009 – Kimi Raikkonen was happy with qualifying on the third row of the grid in sixth spot, for tomorrow’s European Grand Prix. A quick look at the fuel loads of all the cars, which this year, the FIA publishes after Qualifying, reveals that the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver has a sensible amount of fuel on board, similar to the Brawns of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, in third and fifth places respectively. Pole position went to the winner of the last race in Hungary, Lewis Hamilton, with his McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Heikki Kovalainen making it an all-silver front row. It seems that Kimi is running a heavier fuel load than these two and the Red Bull of fourth placed Sebastian Vettel. This means the Ferrari driver will be hoping to use the advantage of KERS at the start to make up some places and then make the most of what looks like a good strategy.
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European Grand Prix: Qualifying


22 | 08 | 09
Sébastien made it into Q2 in Valencia securing 15th position on the grid while Jaime will start in 19th.
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European Grand Prix: Qualifying


22 | 08 | 09
Sebastian will start in fourth position on the grid tomorrow, with Mark securing ninth.
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2009 European Grand Prix Saturday


22/08/2009
Today’s qualifying session in Valencia saw Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean qualify in 8th and 14th places respectively for tomorrow’s European Grand Prix.
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European GP - Qualifying session


Valencia, 22nd August 2009
Qualifying session
L. Badoer: 20th 1.41.413 13 laps
K. Raikkonen: 6th 1.40.144 7 laps
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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING


VALENCIA, 22 AUGUST
Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello put his Brawn-Mercedes car on the second row today with a strong qualifying effort securing him third place on the grid. Team-mate Jenson Button completed the team's strong showing with his fifth place.
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update


22 Aug. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre provided the grip for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to qualify on pole position with a time of 1min 39.498secs for tomorrow’s European Grand Prix in Valencia.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - European Grand Prix - Qualifying


22.08.2009
Weather: sunny and dry, 26-30°C Air, 36-47°C Track
Valencia (ES). With Robert Kubica making it into the top ten and Nick Heidfeld only just missing the final qualifying session by fractions of tenths of a second to be 11th, the BMW Sauber F1 Team was quite satisfied in Valencia.
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2009 European Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report


22 August 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team will start tomorrow's European Grand Prix at Valencia from 12th and 16th positions with Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella respectively following a strong day of running at the Valencia Urban Track.
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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING ANALYSIS


Valencia, Saturday August 22
MARTIN WHITMARSH Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“A truly brilliant result for the entire team – well done, everyone! As for Lewis and Heikki, well, they were both brilliant, too. They made things look relatively easy, but in fact the conditions out there today were very difficult for all the drivers: it was hot and humid, and the circuit is an extremely demanding one. Heikki was totally on it today – he really went for it and very nearly pinched pole position at the very end. Lewis did a fantastic job, too, and I’m sure both our drivers will perform very well in tomorrow’s race.”
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Qualifying Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 TELEFÓNICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE - Valencia

POS NAME NAT ENTRANT Q1 Q2 Q3
1 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.649 1:38.182 1:39.498
2 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:38.816 1:38.230 1:39.532
3 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:39.019 1:38.076 1:39.563
4 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:39.295 1:38.273 1:39.789
5 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:38.531 1:38.601 1:39.821
6 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:38.843 1:38.782 1:40.144
7 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:39.039 1:38.346 1:40.185
8 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:39.155 1:38.717 1:40.236
9 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:38.983 1:38.625 1:40.239
10 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:38.806 1:38.747 1:40.512
11 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:39.032 1:38.826
12 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:39.145 1:38.846
13 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:39.459 1:38.991
14 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:39.322 1:39.040
15 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.912 1:39.514
16 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:39.531
17 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:39.795
18 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:39.807
19 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.925
20 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:41.413
POLE POSITION LAP
L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.498 196.068 KPH
FASTEST LAP OVERALL
R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:38.076 198.911 KPH

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EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING


SATURDAY 22 AUGUST, 2009
In sweltering conditions today at the Valencia Street Circuit, Nico Rosberg drove his FW31 through Q1 and Q2 and into the final round of qualifying in which he set the seventh fastest lap time. Team mate, Kazuki Nakajima, endured a frustrating afternoon caused by an as yet unidentified fault which prompted his engine to shutdown in the midst of Q1. Kazuki will therefore line up on the ninth row of the grid despite showing strong pace throughout the practice sessions.
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European Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up


Saturday 22 August 2009
Jarno Trulli (Car 9, Chassis TF109-06)
3rd Practice: 9th, 1m 40.017s (+0.874s), 11 laps
1st Qualifying: 18th, 1m 39.807s (+1.276s), 10 laps
Timo Glock (Car 10, Chassis TF109-05)
3rd Practice: 16th, 1m 40.443s (+1.300s), 10 laps
1st Qualifying: 15th, 1m 39.459s (+0.928s), 9 laps
2nd Qualifying: 13th, 1m 38.991s (+0.915s), 6 laps
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Third Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA 1 TELEFÓNICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE - Valencia

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:39.143 [12] 196.770
2 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:39.247 [12] +0.104 196.564
3 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:39.513 [12] +0.370 196.038
4 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.553 [8] +0.410 195.959
5 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:39.732 [11] +0.589 195.608
6 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:39.764 [12] +0.621 195.545
7 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:39.883 [10] +0.740 195.312
8 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.950 [12 +0.807 195.181
9 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:40.017 [11] +0.874 195.050
10 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:40.088 [11] +0.945 194.912
11 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:40.118 [12] +0.975 194.854
12 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:40.192 [10] +1.049 194.710
13 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:40.230 [12] +1.087 194.636
14 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:40.260 [12] +1.117 194.578
15 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:40.402 [9] +1.259 194.302
16 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:40.443 [10] +1.300 194.223
17 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:40.879 [10] +1.736 193.384
18 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:40.916 [6] +1.773 193.313
19 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.125 [12] +1.982 192.913
20 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:42.198 [14] +3.055 190.888

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21 August


European GP - No pressure


Valencia, 21st August 2009 – It was a small moment of history this morning when Felipe Massa’s replacement, Luca Badoer rolled down pit lane to start his first ever practice lap as a Ferrari race driver. For the Italian driver, in his Italian car, it was a childhood dream come true.
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European GP - Free Practice


Valencia, 21st August 2009
K. Raikkonen: 10th 1.43.384 23 11th 1.40.739 39 laps 279 chassis
L. Badoer: 20th 1.45.840 25 18th 1.42.017 37 laps 280 chassis
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Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Update


21 Aug. 2009
Bridgestone’s super soft tyre proved to be the fastest rubber on the streets of Valencia, with ING Renault F1 Team driver Fernando Alonso setting a 1min 39.404secs in a searing hot afternoon session.
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2009 European Grand Prix Friday


The ING Renault F1 Team completed a busy day of practice in preparation for this weekend’s European Grand Prix.
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BMW Sauber F1 Team - European Grand Prix - Free Practice


21.08.2009
Weather: dry and sunny, 25-30°C Air, 35-48°C Track
Valencia (ES). The BMW Sauber F1 Team focused on testing new components for the F1.09 in the first two free practice sessions for the European Grand Prix. In the heat of Valencia’s harbour circuit, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld drove new light weight chassis which give a better ballast distribution. Besides eye catching new engine covers, both cars also had new undertrays.
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European Grand Prix: Friday Practice


21 | 08 | 09
Morning: Sebastian 1:43.088 (5th) 17 laps; Mark 1:43.243 (8th) 19 laps.
Afternoon: Sebastian: 1:40.723 (9th) 33 laps; Mark 1:40.956 (14th) 37 laps.
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European Grand Prix: Friday Practice


21 | 08 | 09
Morning: Sébastien 1:43.389 (11th) 30 laps; Jaime 1:43.637 (13th) 30 laps.
Afternoon: Sébastien 1:41.156 (16th) 34 laps; Jaime 1:42.089 (19th) 34 laps.
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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX - PRACTICE


VALENCIA, 21 AUGUST
Formula One returned to action today at the Valencia Street Circuit in Spain for the first day of practice ahead of Sunday's European Grand Prix. Brawn GP's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello completed a busy programme in the two practice sessions which took place in perfect summer conditions around the Juan Carlos I Marina.
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2009 European Grand Prix Free Practice Report


21 August 2009 - The Force India Formula One Team put in an encouraging opening day of practice for this weekend's European Grand Prix, held in the vibrant Spanish city of Valencia. Adrian Sutil finished both 90 minute sessions with the sixth quickest lap, while Giancarlo was 16th fastest in the morning and a strong eighth in the afternoon.
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European Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up


Friday 21 August 2009
Panasonic Toyota Racing was back in action today after the four-week summer break with the first practice sessions for the European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia in Spain. Under clear blue skies and a hot summer sun temperatures soared, reaching 30°C and creating track temperatures of 50°C.
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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE


Valencia, Friday August 21
MARTIN WHITMARSH Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“As a team, we enjoy this circuit – it’s a unique, demanding challenge for the drivers, engineers and mechanics. Unfortunately, Lewis witnessed the unforgiving nature of this place when he grazed the wall at the start of P2 – it was only a light touch but it was enough to break part of the nosecone we’d brought for this race.
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EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE


Objectives P1
• Analysis of new mechanical components
• Mechanical set-up work
Objectives P2
• Performance evaluations with low and high fuel loads
• Tyre comparisons
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Second Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA1 TELEFÓNICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE - Valencia

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:39.404 [33] 196.253
2 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:40.178 [33] +0.774 194.737
3 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:40.209 [34] +0.805 194.677
4 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:40.385 [39] +0.981 194.335
5 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:40.503 [35] +1.099 194.107
6 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:40.596 [23] +1.192 193.928
7 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:40.643 [34] +1.239 193.837
8 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:40.681 [31] +1.277 193.764
9 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:40.723 [33] +1.319 193.683
10 H.KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:40.738 [31]+1.334 193.654
11 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:40.739 [39] +1.335 193.652
12 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:40.770 [32] +1.366 193.593
13 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:40.787 [35] +1.383 193.560
14 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:40.956 [37] +1.552 193.236
15 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:40.985 [30] +1.581 193.181
16 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.156 [34] +1.752 192.854
17 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:41.350 [29] +1.946 192.485
18 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:42.017 [37] +2.613 191.226
19 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:42.089 [34] +2.685 191.092
20 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:43.214 [3] +3.810 189.009

© 2009 Formula One Administration Ltd, 6 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1QJ, England.

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First Practice Session Classification


2009 FORMULA1 TELEFÓNICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE - Valencia

POS DRIVER NAT ENTRANT TIME [LAPS] GAP KPH
1 R. BARRICHELLO BRA Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:42.460 [19] 190.400
2 H. KOVALAINEN FIN Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:42.636 [16] +0.176 190.073
3 L. HAMILTON GBR Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:42.654 [18] +0.194 190.040
4 J. BUTTON GBR Brawn GP Formula 1 Team 1:43.074 [19] +0.614 189.265
5 S. VETTEL GER Red Bull Racing 1:43.088 [17] +0.628 189.240
6 A. SUTIL GER Force India F1 Team 1:43.209 [13] +0.749 189.018
7 K. NAKAJIMA JPN AT&T Williams 1:43.225 [25] +0.765 188.989
8 M. WEBBER AUS Red Bull Racing 1:43.243 [19] +0.783 188.956
9 F. ALONSO ESP ING Renault F1 Team 1:43.345 [18] +0.885 188.769
10 K. RAIKKONEN FIN Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:43.384 [23] +0.924 188.698
11 S. BUEMI SUI Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:43.389 [30] +0.929 188.689
12 R. KUBICA POL BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:43.419 [20] +0.959 188.634
13 J. ALGUERSUARI ESP Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:43.637 [30] +1.177 188.237
14 N. ROSBERG GER AT&T Williams 1:43.746 [22] +1.286 188.040
15 N. HEIDFELD GER BMW Sauber F1 Team 1:44.040 [23] +1.580 187.508
16 G. FISICHELLA ITA Force India F1 Team 1:44.126 [17] +1.666 187.353
17 R. GROSJEAN FRA ING Renault F1 Team 1:44.356 [23] +1.896 186.940
18 J. TRULLI ITA Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:44.638 [26] +2.178 186.437
19 T. GLOCK GER Panasonic Toyota Racing 1:44.732 [28] +2.272 186.269
20 L. BADOER ITA Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1:45.840 [25] +3.380 184.319

© 2009 Formula One Administration Ltd, 6 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1QJ, England.
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Vettel Commits To Red Bull


21 | 08 | 09
Red Bull Racing is pleased to announce that it has extended its contract with Sebastian Vettel until the end of 2011, with an option for 2012.

Twenty two-year-old Vettel is a graduate of the Red Bull Junior Team, which he joined at the age of 12.

He has already won two grands prix this year – in China and the UK – bringing his GP win total to three and he currently lies third in the 2009 Formula One Drivers’ Championship.
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20 August


Raikkonen: “We will try and help Luca”


Valencia, 20th August 2009 – After the longest mid-season break in the F1 calendar, it was business as usual in a very hot and sunny Valencia, where Kimi Raikkonen faced the media in the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro motorhome, overlooking the harbour that forms a backdrop to this interesting street circuit. Business as usual maybe, but with a different driver line-up, as Luca Badoer deputises for Felipe Massa.
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Badoer: "150,000 kilometres in a Formula 1 car"


Valencia, 20th August 2009 – There are some journalists in the Formula 1 paddock who did not even known what Luca Badoer looks like, as it is ten years since he last raced in the category! The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver started his weekend attending the official FIA press conference, sitting next to the youngest driver on the grid, Jaime Alguersuari, who is half Luca’s age.
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19 August


Raikkonen: "All the best, Felipe! Good luck, Luca!"


Maranello, 19th August 2009 - Finally we’re getting back to the track! This year the summer break was longer than usual and I had the possibility to recharge my batteries for the last part of the season. The first week of the break I dedicated to the Finland Rally, which was an experience I really enjoyed a lot, despite the outcome. It was really fun driving at the max in the Rally in my home country, seeing so many Ferrari fans there. Then I spent some time with my family and my best friends, doing some sport to keep me fit.
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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX - PREVIEW


VALENCIA, 21-23 AUGUST
After the summer break, Formula One returns to action this week with the second visit of the season to Spain. The European Grand Prix, Round 11 of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, takes place on Sunday in the coastal city of Valencia.

New on the calendar last year, the Valencia Street Circuit uses the permanent roads surrounding the Juan Carlos I Marina which was the base for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007. The 5.440km (3.380 mile) track closely follows the water's edge for the majority of the lap and uses a specially constructed swing bridge to cross between the north and south sides of the marina.
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18 August


Two days of hard work for Badoer


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Maranello, 18th August 2009 - These are very special days for Luca Badoer just before his debut on the race track as official driver of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. Luca spent two days at Maranello, where he was finally able to prepare with the team for the European GP. Until last Sunday evening the Scuderia department was closed for holiday, due to an agreement with the other teams and the work has been taken up on Monday morning. Luca has many things to do and his ride in the F60 for a video and photo shooting for the Suceria’s partners at the Fiorano race track almost became secondary.
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European GP: "A busy summer"


Maranello, 18th August 2009 - Judging by the tanned faces on the staff of the Gestione Sportiva, the experiment to have an official F1 summer break seems to have been a success, at least from the human point of view! This enforced holiday came at just the right point in the season, given the calendar now presents us with two Grands Prix in ten days and also, it is that point of the year when work on the 2010 car is really moving forward, which means a very heavy workload for everyone concerned.
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European Grand Prix 2009 Preview


The ING Renault F1 Team looks forward to round eleven of the season, the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Fernando Alonso: “Hopefully we can fight for the podium”

Fernando, the race in Hungary was disappointing, but there were some positives to take from the weekend...
Yes, our performance in Hungary was encouraging as the car was quick and we managed to get pole, which was actually a bit of a surprise. To retire from the race was disappointing, but I’m looking on the bright side because I think that the car can be just as competitive in Valencia. Last year my race there was very short – less than a lap – so I’m really determined to make up for that this weekend and hopefully we can fight for the podium.
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European Grand Prix Preview


21 - 23 August 2009
The FIA Formula One World Championship returns to action this weekend with the 11th round of the series, the European Grand Prix, held in the vibrant Spanish city of Valencia. The event will be the first race in four weeks and will kick-start a tough final half of the year, which includes both a European and overseas' double header and four flyaway races.
The Force India Formula One Team goes to this next event in a buoyant mood following a strong finish to the first part of the season and confident in the new aero upgrades that will be introduced in Valencia.
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European GP Preview


18 August
At a Glance
When Friday 21 to Sunday 23 August, 2009
Where Valencia, Spain, Round 11 of 17
Standings
AT&T Williams 25.5pts (6th)
N Rosberg 25.5pts (5th)
K Nakajima 0pts -
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ING Renault F1 Team announces change to driver line-up


18/08/2009
The ING Renault F1 Team announced today that Nelson Piquet has been released from his obligations to the team with immediate effect. Nelson’s departure follows a mutual agreement that this course of action is in the best interests of both parties.
Frenchman Romain Grosjean has been appointed as the second driver and will race alongside Fernando Alonso at this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia and for the remainder of the 2009 season.
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European Grand Prix Preview Q+A - John Howett, President


How do you assess the season so far from the team's point of view?
We are more than halfway through the season, having scored several strong results, and we have a competitive car at our disposal. Naturally we want better results and we expected to finish on the podium more frequently, but we are relatively pleased with the fundamental pace of our car. It was very satisfying to start the season so successfully and it was clear we were firmly in the top three for the first four races of the year. We have seen some fluctuations in relative performance since then, we just need to continue to add performance to the car and get the most out of the package that we have.
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17 August


ING Renault F1 Team statement following the decision of the FIA International Court of Appeal on 17/08/09


17/08/2009
The ING Renault F1 Team welcomes the decision of the FIA’s International Court of Appeal to lift the team’s suspension from the European Grand Prix. However, the team acknowledges that sporting regulations were breached during the incident in the pit lane of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which compromised safety. The team therefore accepts that the decision of the FIA to issue a reprimand and a $50,000 fine is fair and balanced. The ING Renault F1 Team now looks forward to concentrating on preparations for racing this weekend in Valencia.
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International Court of Appeal - Decision 17/08/2009


Reminder of the facts
On 26 July 2009, the Stewards of the Meeting suspended the competitor ING Renault F1 Team (“Renault”) from the next event in the 2009 Formula One World Championship (namely, the Grand Prix of Europe to be held in Valencia) for the following reasons:
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Bridgestone Motorsport Feature – Round 11, European GP


17 Aug. 2009
Track to road – Part 2…
As well as being the Official Tyre Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship, Bridgestone is one of the world’s biggest producers of tyres for passenger vehicles, and the technological developments made in motorsport have applications for Bridgestone’s road tyres.
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DC Goes Dutch With Alonso


17 | 08 | 09
It was a busy weekend for DC as he took our Running Showcar around the streets of Rotterdam at the weekend.
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Bridgestone Motorsport European Grand Prix Preview


17 Aug. 2009
Bridgestone will bring its two softest tyres to the European Grand Prix on August 21-23 which takes place on the exciting 5.44km Valencia street course, located in the port area of Spain’s third largest city.

The venue, which was new on the calendar last year, provides an interesting challenge. Although it is a temporary race facility the circuit layout resembles that of a permanent race track. The circuit has 25 corners to challenge the drivers, making set-up a real compromise. This Grand Prix will see the 150th race win taken on Bridgestone tyres.

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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW


Lewis Hamilton
“It’s great to be getting back to business after the four-week break. I’m still buzzing from the win in Hungary and I’m hopeful of being able to carry that pace into the Valencia weekend – particularly with our new upgrades to the car. It’s a very demanding circuit, the kind of place that punishes any mistakes hard. It’s quite tight and relatively slow, so it should suit our package. It’s also very difficult to overtake, as we discovered last year – but, with our KERS, Mercedes-Benz has proved that anything can happen and I’m once again hoping that it will provide the difference in the race.”
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European Grand Prix - Preview


Monday 17 August 2009
Date: Sunday, 23 August, 2pm CET, Round: 11 of 17
Venue: Valencia Street Circuit, Distance: 5.419km (57 laps)
Lap record: 1min 38.708s (2008)
History: The European Grand Prix title was first used for a stand-alone Formula 1 race in 1983, at Brands Hatch in England. Last year Valencia became the fifth circuit to host the race. Jerez (Spain), Donington Park (England) and Nürburgring (Germany) have also hosted it.
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16 August


Latest news from Brazil


Maranello, 16th August 2009 - "Felipe is in excellent form and his recovery is going very well!” These are the latest news on Felipe Massa’s health directly from Brazil given by Stefano Domenicali. The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro’s Team Principal visited the Brazilian driver at Sao Paulo today. "I’m very happy about Felipe’s state,” Domenicali told www.ferrari.com over the phone. "The medical checks, which have been carried out over the last two weeks continue to be very encouraging. Now it’s important to be patient and take one step at a time, without any hurry.”
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14 August


BMW Sauber F1 Team - European Grand Prix - Preview


14.08.2009 Press Release
21st – 23rd August 2009
11th of 17 World Championship races
Preview.
Munich/Hinwil, 14th August 2009. Following the announcement by BMW that it will be pulling out of Formula One at the end of the season, the members of the BMW Sauber F1 Team now have an extra source of motivation; performing as well as possible will promote their case for a future in the sport.
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12 August


Schumacher: “Badoer is the best choice”


Geneva, 12th August 2009 – It was a long and difficult press conference with Michael Schumacher at the Hotel Intercontinental at Geneva today. Accompanied by his personal doctor Johannes Peil and his legendary manager Willi Weber, Michael explained the reasons for his decision to interrupt his physical preparation for the European GP, where he should have raced with Felipe Massa’s single-seater sporting number 3.

Michael thanked everybody at Ferrari who helped him during this programme and all the fans, supporting him over the last days.
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Q&A with James Key


Wednesday, 12th August 2009
Force India has been one of the most improved teams of the 2009 season and, to a certain extent, one of the biggest surprises. It is now mixing it for the midfield positions along with the likes of Renault, BMW and Toyota and is firmly in the hunt for points. Yet with the field being closer than ever, it's a hard task ultimately seizing them, as technical director James Key explains in this exclusive Q&A.
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11 August


Montezemolo: "Michael will be Badoer's supporter"


Maranello, 11 August 2009 - Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo gave an interview to Italian daily "La Stampa", which will be published tomorrow. Thanks to a partnership with www.lastampa.it we are publishing parts of the interview.

Chairman Montezemolo, when did you get the news?
«Monday evening. Over the last days Michael had anticipated that he was about to go back to Germany for another scan of his neck. It seemed to be a formality».
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Badoer's dream about to become reality


Maranello, 11 August 2009 - On the day of the news that it will be impossible for Michael Schumacher to race for Felipe Massa as of the European GP, there's a man at Maranello who's feelings are divided today. On one side he feels sorry for his friend who has to renounce to the idea of getting back to the track, which appealed to him and the Ferrari fans a lot, but on the other side he's happy that a dream might come true.
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Schumacher out, Badoer replaces Massa


Maranello, 11th August 2009 - With Michael Schumacher now being unavailable to stand in for Felipe Massa, as from the forthcoming European Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro announces that car number 3 will be driven by Luca Badoer.
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Michael cancels F1-Comeback

source: www.michaelschumacher.de
11/08/09
Consequences of bike-injuries make return impossible

"Yesterday evening, I had to inform Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Team Principal Stefano Domenicali that unfortunately I'm not able to step in for Felipe. I really tried everything to make that temporary comeback possible, however, much to my regret it didn't work out. Unfortunately we did not manage to get a grip on the pain in the neck which occurred after the private F1-day in Mugello, even if medically or therapeutically we tried everything possible.
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06 August


Statement of BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen on the current situation


06.08.2009
"Since the announcement on 29 July of our strategic realignment, we have done everything in our power to reach a rapid agreement on the sale of the team based at Hinwil. Regrettably, despite every effort, this has proved unsuccessful. The tight timeframe we faced simply did not allow us and the interested parties and investors enough time to find a solution for such a complex transaction. This means the team cannot sign the Concorde Agreement at present. The aim now is, over the coming weeks, to find a solution together with potential interested parties and Peter Sauber. Beyond that, we will see the 2009 season through to its conclusion with our unstinting sporting commitment."
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05 August

FOTA welcomes Concorde Agreement and looks to the future


Date: 5 August, 2009
The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) today welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations leading to the signing of the 2009 Concorde Agreement.

Signed by all Formula One teams, with the only exception of BMW-Sauber AG, the FIA, and Formula One Administration (FOA), Concorde 2009 lays down the commercial and regulatory guidelines for Formula 1 whilst guaranteeing the teams’ participation until the end of the 2012 season.
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03 August


Statement - Nelson Piquet

03-08-2009
I have received notice from the Renault F1 team of its intention to stop me from driving for them in the current F1 season. I want to say thanks to the small group who supported me and that I worked together at Renault F1, although it is obviously with great disappointment that I receive such news. But, at the same time, I feel a sense of relief for the end of the worst period of my career, and the possibility that I can now move on and put my career back on the right track and try to recover my reputation of a fast, winning driver. I am a team player and there are dozens of people I have worked with in my career who would vouch for my character and talent, except unfortunately the person that has had the most influence on my career in Formula 1.
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Exclusive interview with Felipe Massa: “I hope I'll be back on the track soon!”


Maranello, 3th August 2009 – This morning Felipe Massa left Budapest in the direction of Sao Paulo do Brasil, where he will arrive in the evening. His wife Raffaela and his personal doctor Dino Altmann are travelling with him, while the rest if his family left for Brazil yesterday.

Before leaving the AEK hospital, where he recovered after the accident during the Hungarian GP's qualifying, Felipe gave an exclusive interview to the official Ferrari website.
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01 August


Special friends visiting Felipe


Budapest, 1st August 2009 - More good news from the AEK hospital in Budapest, where Felipe Massa has been recovering since his accident at the Hungarian GP's qualifying exactly eight days ago. The Brazilian driver's condition is improving and his departure from the Hungarian capital has been confirmed for Monday when he will be taken to Sao Paulo do Brasil.
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Concorde Agreement


01/08/2009
Following approval by the World Motor Sport Council, late last night FIA President Max Mosley signed the 2009 Concorde Agreement, heralding a renewed period of stability for the FIA Formula One World Championship.
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