Race analysis - Ferrari's win is McLaren's gain

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/6091.html ---You have to feel for Ferrari. Four pole positions and three victories in the first four races of the gripping 2007 world championship, and still they trail McLaren in both the drivers’ and constructors’ tables. Why? “We know that one of the indispensable requirements for winning the championship is reliability,” said Jean Todt, who helped mastermind the Scuderia’s fabled reputation for bullet-proof engineering, “and twice now it has been...Read Full Story

Massa takes dominant win in Spain

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6086/773.html ---As far as McLaren were concerned, the wrong Ferrari broke down in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen’s F2007 was behind the silver cars when it slowed down and crept back to the pits on lap nine with an electronic problem. But Felipe Massa’s was in front, and that was where it stayed to the chequered flag, giving the Brazilian his second successive victory. Try as Lewis Hamilton might, in making his record fourth...Read Full Story

Advantage McLaren in Spain

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6070/773.html ---Talk to anyone at McLaren on Friday evening, and the mood might best be described as guardedly upbeat after Fernando Alonso set the pace in this afternoon’s second practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.The Spaniard achieved a good chassis balance early on, and confirmed that the car has definitely been improved since Bahrain, while Lewis Hamilton, though ‘only’ fifth, said he was content that all of the planned programme had...Read Full Story

Alonso leads the Renaults in second practice

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6067/773.html --- McLaren’s Fernando Alonso said yesterday that Fridays can be confusing - and how right he was as he headed the times on Friday afternoon in Barcelona. This was the most unusual practice session so far this season. Lewis Hamilton set the early pace for McLaren, until Alonso donned Bridgestone’s medium compound tyres (the Japanese company have brought medium and hard to Spain) and lapped in 1m 21.397s. After that, as Hamilton’s 1m...Read Full Story

McLaren one-two in opening practice

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6064/773.html --- Lewis Hamilton might not have tested here last week, but the 22 year-old Englishman set the pace for McLaren as he headed world champion team mate Fernando Alonso in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday. After the Toyotas had set the initial pace, Alonso was the man to beat until Hamilton posted a 1m 22.165s to go quickest. He then improved that, to 1m 21.880s. Behind him, Alonso’s best was 1m 22.268s, which was...Read Full Story

McLaren calm ahead of Ferrari storm

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6061/773.html --- “It’s really weird!” Lewis Hamilton admitted here yesterday as he pondered the change in his life since his first three remarkable Grands Prix outings. “I used to come into the McLaren Communications Centre at races in 2005 and last year and have lunch, and just say hello to everyone. Now I have my own room, I’ve taken over Kimi’s (Raikkonen) place. It’s almost like sitting here watching myself race!” For all that his three...Read Full Story

A lap of the Circuit de Catalunya with Barrichello

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6056/773.html ---As Honda’s Rubens Barrichello prepares to return to the driving seat for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the Brazilian talks us round a flying lap of Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya… Note - to view a map of the circuit, click here . "The Circuit de Catalunya is almost like a home circuit now because the F1 teams conduct most of their European testing there and like all of the drivers, I know the track like the back of my hand...Read Full Story

The Spanish Grand Prix Preview

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6052/773.html --- This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya, just outside Barcelona, kicks off the first European leg of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship. And it follows hard on the heels of prolonged testing by all of the teams there last week. Generally, the view is that Ferrari made progress in the test, with Kimi Raikkonen setting the fastest time. However, circuit conditions at the race weekend are usually quite...Read Full Story

The Spanish Inquisition...

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6047/773.html ---After four weeks of development and testing, the drivers are itching to go racing again in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. But which team will reap the biggest benefits from their behind-the-scenes efforts? Who will master the newly-revised Circuit de Catalunya? Who will come away from Barcelona leading the championship? The drivers reveal their thoughts on the battle ahead… Fernando Alonso, McLaren 2006 Qualifying...Read Full Story

Williams Preview

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The Spanish Grand Prix opens Formula One's European season this weekend as the teams make the short journey to Barcelona for Round Four of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The Circuit de Catalunya, located just to the north of one of Spain's cultural hot-spots, is a favoured testing venue among the teams, and is a well known entity to the drivers who have all banked considerable mileage at the track over the winter. Although the team's scheduled test at the Barcelona track last week...Read Full Story
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