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Valencia day one - Alonso leads Hulkenberg

22 Jan 2008
Valencia day one - Alonso leads Hulkenberg
Renault and Williams were the only teams in action on Monday in Valencia as this week’s test session got underway. Both squads gave their 2008 challengers their first run at the Spanish track, but it was Fernando Alonso in the French team’s new car who stole the show, clocking a best time of 1m 13.027s.

After the early morning fog cleared, Alonso was able to complete 39 laps in the R28, which will be officially unveiled to the press later this month. The Spaniard spent the opening day running through basic checks before he tests again on Tuesday.

“When you have your first day with a new car, you always have to take your time to check that all the systems are functioning correctly, and that is what we did today,” said the former world champion. “Everything went well, but it is still too early to try and compare our performance with that of other teams, and that was not the objective today. The good news is that we encountered few problems, and we will be able to continue our work tomorrow.”

Renault’s technical director Bob Bell was equally pleased with the R28’s first day on track. “Today has been very successful,” Bell added. “We completed just under 40 laps and the car ran pretty much trouble-free - that is about as good a first day as you can expect with a new car. We would have completed our first run pretty much on time if it had not been for the weather, and I think that’s a real tribute to the whole factory and all the hard work that has been put in to get this car here today.”

Around 1.5 seconds down on Alonso was Nico Hulkenberg for Williams. The young tester, who was charged with giving the new FW30 its first shakedown run, carried out 20 laps over the day. With its installation laps complete, the new car will be handed over to Williams race driver Nico Rosberg on Tuesday, when the majority of other teams are expected to join the test.

Unofficial Monday times from Valencia:
1. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:13.027
2. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:14.599
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Valencia day two - Ferrari dominate in Spain

23 Jan 2008
Valencia day two - Ferrari dominate in Spain
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was the quickest man at Valencia on Tuesday as eight other teams joined early birds Renault and Williams for a second day of testing at the Spanish circuit. Massa clocked a best lap of 1m 12.182, finishing just under six-tenths of a second ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen in the second F2008.

The duo focused on finding the best set-up for the Italian team’s new challenger and carried out development work, covering over 200 laps in total. Both will continue to test on Wednesday.

Third-placed Nico Rosberg proved to be the quicker of the two Williams drivers, with team mate Kazuki Nakajima finishing in seventh. Rosberg took charge of the team’s new FW30 for its first official test day, checking the car’s new cooling systems, whilst Nakajima carried out a reliability programme in an interim FW29B.

McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen clinched fourth, finishing just over a tenth ahead of team mate Pedro de la Rosa. Both covered over 100 laps as they accumulated more miles in the 2008 MP4-23. Race driver Lewis Hamilton will take over tester De la Rosa’s cockpit on Wednesday.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso finished in sixth. Alonso, in the new R28, was the only driver in action for the French team and after completing some set-up work, carried out longer runs testing the reliability of different parts.

“We were able to achieve most of the objectives that we set ourselves for the second day of work,” explained Renault's chief test engineer, Christian Silk. “When you start working with a new car, you have to make sure that all the systems on the car are reliable and functioning correctly. That is what we concentrated on today, and from that point of view everything went well.”

Toro Rosso fielded Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais. While Vettel, eighth, focused on set up, Bourdais, tenth, evaluated some new aero parts. Splitting the two Toro Rosso drivers in the timesheets was Marko Asmer in BMW Sauber’s F1.07B. Eleventh-placed Nick Heidfeld was also in action for the German-Swiss team and carried out development work in the F1.08, which was sporting some unusual-looking 'horn wings' on its nosecone.

Jarno Trulli was the faster of the two Toyota drivers, finishing in 12th, whilst team mate Timo Glock ended the day 14th. With neither TF108 suffering any major problems, the day was a productive one for the Japanese team.

“The new car was again very reliable and this helped us to gain a lot of useful information which we will study to further improve performance,” said Dieter Gass, Toyota's chief race and test engineer. “Even though the weather was mostly fine during the day, the wind picked up a bit in the afternoon which made the evaluation of our aero work a little tricky.”

David Coulthard was 13th-quickest in Red Bull’s new RB4. Coulthard completed 82 laps as he carried out set-up work and the Scot will hand over to team mate Mark Webber on Wednesday. Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi finished in 15th as he continued to gather more information on the standard ECU. Fuel-related problems in the morning, however, limited Liuzzi’s running to 64 laps.

Completing Tuesday’s line-up was 16th-placed Alexander Wurz, who made his first appearance for Honda, driving the RA107. Wurz covered 51 laps as he began to acclimatise to the Japanese squad’s procedures.

Testing continues at the Spanish track on Wednesday.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Valencia:
1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:12.182
2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:12.721
3. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:12.838
4. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:13.026
5. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:13.163
6. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:13.315
7. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:13.473
8 Sebastian Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:13.627
9. Marko Asmer, BMW Sauber, 1:13.669
10. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:13.675
11. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:13.779
12. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:13.820
13. David Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:13.944
14. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:14.096
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:15.096
16. Alexander Wurz, Honda, 1:15.440
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Valencia day three - Kovalainen takes McLaren to the top

Valencia day three - Kovalainen takes McLaren to the top
McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen stole Ferrari’s thunder in Valencia on Wednesday as testing continued at the Spanish circuit. Kovalainen’s best, a 1m 11.000s, was over sixths-tenths of a second quicker than Felipe Massa who had been Tuesday’s fastest runner for the Italian team.

With clear conditions easing progress, Kovalainen was able to accumulate 92 laps in the new MP4-23. The Finn was joined by new team mate Lewis Hamilton who finished the day in fourth after covering 115 laps. Both McLaren drivers carried out several long runs as they tested the durability of new components.

Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, took charge of the second Ferrari F2008 alongside Massa. The duo completed almost 200 laps as they focused their attentions on set-up and reliability. Raikkonen was third fastest and both will continue on Thursday.

The faster Williams driver was Kazuki Nakajima, who finished in fifth, driving the older FW29B. His team mate Nico Rosberg was tasked with evaluating the British team’s new FW30 and ended the day in seventh. Splitting the two Williams drivers was Renault’s Fernando Alonso in the French team’s new R28.

“The purpose of this test was to start running the new car and to try to understand how it works,” said Alonso, who will hand over to team mate Nelson Piquet Jr on Thursday. “My final day went well and again we ran without any problems and covered a lot of laps, but the time to improve the car will be during the next few test sessions. I feel very much at ease with the team and every day I feel more and more comfortable with the car. The next test cannot come soon enough.”

Mark Webber was the only Red Bull driver in action and finished in eighth. Webber spent his first day in the squad’s 2008 car acclimatising to the RB4 before carrying out some aero work.

“I’m happy with the new car,” said the Australian. “Today has been encouraging and, so far, it seems to be a big step forward from last year in terms of reliability and speed, which is great. Now we need to work with what we’ve got and get it as fast as possible before Melbourne. We’ve got a big four weeks coming up.”

Down in ninth was BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld in the German-Swiss team’s F1.07. Heidfeld was accompanied on track by team mate Robert Kubica, who drove the new F1.08 and finished 12th after covering a mammoth 121 laps. With Heidfeld focusing on system settings in the older car, Kubica tested different suspension parts in its successor.

Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel was tenth, just under three-tenths faster than 13th-placed team mate Sebastien Bourdais. While Bourdais covered 119 laps, Vettel’s day was hampered by a time-consuming technical problem and the young German managed just 63. Both will continue on Thursday.

Timo Glock was 11th quickest for Toyota, while team mate Jarno Trulli clinched 15th spot. Both drove the Japanese team’s new car, the TF108, and focused on set-up.

“Today went according to plan and both Timo and Jarno completed their programmes without any problems,” said Dieter Gass the squad’s chief race and test engineer. “I have to say, so far the new car has shown very impressive reliability. We mainly concentrated on aerodynamic testing, trying various different configurations and comparing the results. I would say we are making good progress.”

Just ahead of Trulli on the timesheets was Adrian Sutil for Force India. Sutil completed just under 400km of the Spanish track in an effort to make up for his limited running on Tuesday, and carried out set-up and damper work.

Completing the line-up were the Hondas of Rubens Barrichello and Japanese hopeful Takashi Kogure. Barrichello took charge of the initial evaluation of the team’s new RA108, completing 28 laps, while Kogure was in action in the older RA107 as part of Honda’s Formula Dream Project.

Testing continues at the Spanish track on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Valencia:
1. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:11.000
2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:11.662
3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:11.850
4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:12.076
5. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:12.255
6. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:12.360
7. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:12.493
8. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:12.594
9. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:12.976
10 Sebastian Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:13.015
11. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:13.129
12. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:13.230
13. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:13.307
14. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:13.409
15. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:13.547
16. Rubens Barrichello, Honda, 1:14.588
17. Takashi Kogure, Honda, 1:16.954
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World champion Raikkonen fastest in testing
Thu 24 Jan, 10:09 PM

VALENCIA, Spain (AFP) - World champion Kimi Raikkonen set down a marker ahead of the new Formula One season when he took his Ferrari to the fastest time on the last day of testing here on Thursday.

The Finn clocked 1min 11.189sec after completing 88 laps with his compatriot, new McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen, setting the second quickest time.

"The new Ferrari is a good car," said Raikkonen.

"Testing has gone well. Now we are expecting a new aerodynamic system which could help us do even better."


Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 1:11.189 (88 laps), Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren 1:11.206 (89), Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1:11.831 (96), Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams 1:11.971 (116), Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1:11.994 (84), Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber 1:12.095 (86), Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota 1:12.109 (96), Sebastian Vettel (GER) Toro Rosso 1:12.526 (113), Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber 1:12.600 (39), Timo Glock (GER) Toyota 1:12.705 (68), Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India 1:12.949 (93), Nelsinho Piquet (BRA) Renault 1:12.973 (89), Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) Toro Rosso 1:13.060 (95)
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