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    F1 Fans!!!!
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    World Championships Standings after (Season Finale) Brazilian GP
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    Drivers:                    Constructors:             
     1.  Vettel       392        1.  Red Bull-Renault          650
     2.  Button       270        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          497
     3.  Webber       258        3.  Ferrari                   375
     4.  Alonso       257        4.  Mercedes                  165
     5.  Hamilton     227        5.  Renault                    73
     6.  Massa        118        6.  Force India-Mercedes       69
     7.  Rosberg       89        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             44
     8.  Schumacher    76        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         41
     9.  Sutil         42        9.  Williams-Cosworth           5
    10.  Petrov        37       
    11.  Heidfeld      34       
    12.  Kobayashi     30       
    13.  Di Resta      27       
    14.  Alguersuari   26       
    15.  Buemi         15       
    16.  Perez         14       
    17.  Barrichello    4       
    18.  Senna          2       
    19.  Maldonado      1        
    F1 2011 World Driver's Champion
    Sebastian Vettel
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    This Image was posted by @Born2Race with request that it should be posted in the first post after Japanese GP when Vettel secures the title, I promised that it will be at the end of Season on the first post. So here it is fulfilling my promise.

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    @Uk ... Yeah I M going to thanks her in a rather special way .. m going to buy a new sony bravia to watch her on it i think it'll work
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    Barcelona test - day 2. Times at lunch break

    <table class="text_small" width="100%" align="center" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tbody><tr bgcolor="#eaeaea"><td height="20" align="center">1</td> <td align="left"> Vettel</td><td align="center">Red Bull</td><td align="left"> 1m23.315s</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"><td height="20" align="center">2</td> <td align="left"> Barrichello</td><td align="center">Williams</td><td align="left"> 1m24.042s +0.727</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#eaeaea"><td height="20" align="center">3</td> <td align="left"> Rosberg</td><td align="center">Mercedes</td><td align="left"> 1m24.730s +1.415</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"><td height="20" align="center">4</td> <td align="left"> Di Resta</td><td align="center">Force India</td><td align="left"> 1m25.194s +1.879</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#eaeaea"><td height="20" align="center">5</td> <td align="left"> Alonso</td><td align="center">Ferrari</td><td align="left"> 1m25.247s +1.932</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"><td height="20" align="center">6</td> <td align="left"> Alguersuari</td><td align="center">Toro Rosso</td><td align="left"> 1m25.259s +1.944</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#eaeaea"><td height="20" align="center">7</td> <td align="left"> Button</td><td align="center">McLaren</td><td align="left"> 1m25.950s +2.635</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"><td height="20" align="center">8</td> <td align="left"> Kovalainen</td><td align="center">Lotus</td><td align="left"> 1m26.421s +3.106</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#eaeaea"><td height="20" align="center">9</td> <td align="left"> Petrov</td><td align="center">Renault</td><td align="left"> 1m26.884s +3.569</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"><td height="20" align="center">10</td> <td align="left"> Liuzzi</td><td align="center">HRT</td><td align="left"> 1m28.580s +5.265</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#eaeaea"><td height="20" align="center">11</td> <td align="left"> Glock</td><td align="center">Virgin</td><td align="left"> 1m29.488s +6.173</td></tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"><td height="20" align="center">12</td> <td align="left"> Kobayashi</td><td align="center">Sauber</td><td align="left"> 1m29.498s +6.183</td></tr></tbody></table>
    Come back, Luca Badoer, all is forgiven.

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    Gary Anderson's pre-season tech blog

    Barcelona testing: Day one


    The first day of the Barcelona test was a strange one, with the damp conditions in the morning ensuring that no meaningful running was done until the afternoon.


    Then, taking a look at some of the longer runs completed by the likes of Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Kamui Kobayashi and Jenson Button, produces some interesting numbers.

    Based on the data, it looks like the combination of Kobayashi and the Sauber is the kindest to its tyres, as the long runs showed relatively little drop-off compared to the others. Both Button and Alonso were not far away from this drop-off, but Schumacher in the Mercedes seemed to suffer the most.


    As the tyres are the same for everyone, it's the performance of the car itself that dictates the differences in degradation. If the car oversteers on corner entry, it eats the rear tyres and this gets progressively worse as the stint goes on. The main objective in testing is to get a car that makes the best use of all four tyres consistently, and this is an area that Mercedes badly needs to focus on.


    Barcelona is the most relevant circuit to get a picture of the competitive level of each car because it is such a heavily aero-dependent track. It changes as it rubbers in, notably the long, fast right-hander at Turn 3 which starts off as a real tyre-shredder. If it doesn't rain again, the track will get faster and we will get a much clearer picture on Sunday and Monday.


    Today, Vettel was fastest on a 1m24.374s. Last year, in the first session of the weekend, Lewis Hamilton was fastest on a 1m21.1s, so I would expect the circuit to improve by a good second. With the loss of downforce through the ban on the double diffuser and the switch to Pirelli tyres, if teams can get anywhere near the 21s it will be a spectacular effort.
    Come back, Luca Badoer, all is forgiven.

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    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Lotus to test Teixeira at Barcelona<!-- end title -->
    Ricardo Teixeira will drive the Lotus T128 during the second day of testing at Barcelona this afternoon.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Extra test planned if Bahrain is cancelled<!-- end title -->
    Formula 1 teams are planning to hold an extra pre-season test if the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix is cancelled.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Petrov: Need reliability to judge R31<!-- end title -->
    Vitaly Petrov says the Renault team needs more reliable testing mileage before it knows how competitive its R31 can be this season.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Travel warning increases Bahrain doubts<!-- end title -->
    The issuing of a UK Foreign Office warning advising against "all but essential travel to Bahrain" has increased Formula 1 teams' concerns about the viability of the season-opener, amid continuing political tension in Bahrain.
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    Vettel still quickest in Barcelona test<!-- end title -->
    Sebastian Vettel was fastest again on day two of the Barcelona test, as Red Bull went for shorter runs for the first time and gave a hint of its potential.

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    Day 2
    Pos  Driver       Team                  Time                 Laps
     1.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      1m23.315s             104
     2.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.519s   + 0.204   97
     3.  Alonso       Ferrari               1m23.978s   + 0.663   90
     4.  Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1m24.008s   + 0.693   118
     5.  Heidfeld     Renault               1m24.242s   + 0.927   41
     6.  Kobayashi    Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.243s   + 0.928   125
     7.  Rosberg      Mercedes              1m24.730s   + 1.415   131
     8.  Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.923s   + 1.608   54
     9.  Di Resta     Force India-Mercedes  1m25.194s   + 1.879   80
    10.  Kovalainen   Lotus-Renault         1m26.421s   + 3.106   58
    11.  Petrov       Renault               1m26.884s   + 3.569   61
    12.  Liuzzi       HRT-Coswrorth         1m27.044s   + 3.729   70
    13.  Glock        Virgin-Cosworth       1m27.242s   + 3.927   66
    14.  Teixeira     Lotus-Renault         1m31.584s   + 8.269   26
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    Behind the scenes at F1 testing - Ted Kravitz
    While there is an element of business as usual with Red Bull topping the timesheets on the first day of the Barcelona test, events in Bahrain are overshadowing anything that happens on track.
    Drivers and teams are practising for the first race, but they do not know where the first race will be.


    Alonso positive despite car troubles

    Fernando Alonso remained upbeat after encountering his first reliability problems with the 2011 Ferrari. He had run trouble-free up until today, but was sidelined for two spells due to electrical and mechanical failures on the F150 Italia.


    What happens to F1 if Bahrain is cancelled
    The cancellation of the GP2 series event in Bahrain against the background of continuing unrest in the Gulf state's capital Manama has raised serious concern about the viability of the F1 season opener on 13 March.
    Bernie Ecclestone has promised a decision on whether the race can go ahead next week. At present, the Bahraini authorities are trying to sound optimistic. Cancelling the event would be a huge blow to them.


    A few questions asked by people today


    Owen in Sandbach : "Very concerned about McLaren. Are they lacking in pace AGAIN with a new car? What's the general feeling amongst the teams & experts?

    BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "In answer to Owen's question about McLaren's form, the truth is it is very difficult to judge at the moment. That goes for all the teams because of the uncertainty over tyre compounds and fuel loads, but even more so for McLaren, whose car has done much less running than most of the others. It's true that the perceived wisdom in F1 is that the Red Bull and Ferrari are the fastest cars, the order changing depending on who you speak to. But the McLaren simply hasn't done enough laps to come to any conclusions at all. That said, the contrast between them and their top-three rivals is stark so far. The Red Bull and Ferrari have generally run reliably and looked obviously quick. The McLaren has not."

    Jon in Romford : "So the car behind adjusts its rear wing to overtake, the car in front presses its Kers button in response. Hmm, who wins that race?"

    BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "To answer Jon in Romford's question, in theory the guy behind would win, because unless he was driving a Lotus, Virgin or Hispania, he would press his Kers button as well as using his moveable rear wing. It's worth bearing in mind, though, that the idea of the moveable rear wing is to make overtaking easier - not easy. F1's stakeholders still want overtaking to be difficult between evenly matched cars, just not practically impossible. And they will adjust how it is used until they get it right."


    Comparison between a 13 lap run by Mercedes and an 11-lap run by Mclaren. Day 1

    Schumacher
    27.5, 28.3, 28.6, 28.7, 28.4, 28.4, 29.4, 31.2, 30.2, 29.8, 29.8, 30.5, 30.2

    Button
    28.1, 28.9, 28.9, 29.1, 29.4, 30.2, 42.9, 30.1, 30.3, 30.2, 30.

    Yesterday we also had a 13-lap run by Mercedes and an 11-lap run by McLaren, two teams that have question marks about their abilities over longer runs - Mercedes because its drop-off has been steeper than the other frontrunners in the previous tests, McLaren because it hasn't yet done enough long stints to show anything one way or the other.

    Schumacher begins with a 27.5 but his time drops straight into the 28s and is nearly three seconds slower after just nine laps. Button meanwhile, starts in the 28s and is just two seconds slower than that after 10 laps - but by that time he would have been five seconds behind Schumacher if these times were set in a race.


    Comparison between Ferrari, Mclaren and Williams on a 12 lap stint

    Alonso
    24.4, 25.2, 25.8, 26.2, 28.2, 27.6, 27.0, 27.4, 27.6, 27.9, 28.4, 28.8

    Button
    29.4, 28.8, 28.8, 29.4, 29.8, 29.7, 29.8, 30.1, 30.8, 31.0, 31.7, 31.7

    Barrichello
    29.6, 29.4, 30.5, 31.0, 30.1, 30.7, 30.9, 31.3, 31.5, 32.2, 32.0, 32.5


    Ferrari, McLaren and Williams all ran for stints of 12 laps at some point this afternoon. No information on tyre compounds or excess fuel, so it's another round of guessing.

    Alonso was easily the quickest of the trio, starting in the 24s and dropping to four seconds slower after 10 laps. The drop-off rate looks like it could be either a looked after super soft or a thrashed soft.

    Button and Barrichello both began in the 29s, though the McLaren was able to hang around the 1m30.0s or lower mark for longer than the Williams. Button slipped into the 31s for the last three laps of his stint (2s slower than it started) while Barrichello was in the 32s for his last three (finishing 3s slower than his first laps).
    Come back, Luca Badoer, all is forgiven.

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    great pics steve.. is this Catalunya ?? in Barcelona ...

    nice info there... keep 'em coming,.. so things are looking bad for Merc overall..

    the truth is it is very difficult to judge at the moment. That goes for all the teams because of the uncertainty over tyre compounds and fuel loads
    uncertainty over tyre compunds??.. don't we knw what compund of tyres are on a car by looking at them?.. i mean how do we differentiate b/w option and premium compounds in Pirelli..like we used to do with Bdgstone (green stripe for options) ...

    What happens to F1 if Bahrain is cancelled
    The truth is, those countries need F1 more than F1 needs them.
    ... and it says nothing of what happens if Bahrain is canceled.. perhaps nothing ...

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    @waqas .. We Cant judge Them Right Now Because Pirelli didnt Told us How Are They Going To Mark Them ... we'll Get To Know in bahrain i think if it happens or i think what ever wll be the first race we know by thn
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    so eddie has finally come of age officially... congrats.. now u be more careful than ever as @uk has warned u subliminally,..

    lets have a party to celebrate your start of new phase ... and just for reference, there's a music jam session happening this Thursday at Nandos' Boat Basin (Clifton).. i'll be there.. it 'll nice to catch up with u guys there,... Nando's & Levi's Present "(C)rave the gig"


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    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Button: Lack of laps hindering McLaren<!-- end title -->
    Jenson Button feels McLaren is at a disadvantage compared to his rivals because of the lack of running the team has had with its new car.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Rosberg: Performance not yet there<!-- end title -->
    Nico Rosberg conceded that Mercedes still isn't happy with its car, despite completing the most laps today (131) and getting in several long runs.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Heidfeld less happy with R31 balance<!-- end title -->
    Nick Heidfeld has admitted that he is less happy with the balance of the Renault R31 at Barcelona than he was during his first test in the car at Jerez last week.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Vettel refusing to make predictions<!-- end title -->
    World champion Sebastian Vettel says he is not making any predictions for the upcoming season, insisting it is impossible to compare the performance of the cars.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Di Resta hopes for Force India progress<!-- end title -->
    Paul di Resta is hopeful there is more to come from his Force India team, after admitting early testing of the new car has not been easy.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Chandhok tests F3 car at Pembrey<!-- end title -->
    Karun Chandhok tested with frontrunning British F3 team Double R Racing at Pembrey this week, in preparation for a return to Formula 1.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Hispania to test Mondini on Sunday<!-- end title -->
    Giorgio Mondini will test for the Hispania Racing team at Barcelona on Sunday, the Spanish squad said.

    <!-- Begin Main Box--><!-- title -->Liuzzi pleased with first day at HRT<!-- end title -->
    Vitantonio Liuzzi declared himself happy with his first day of testing with Hispania.

    @m_waqas
    Yes, this is catalunya the same track which will host the Spanish GP, for me it is a stupid reason to be at a track for testing which is part of F1 Season because teams can gather enough data from these tests that in the practice sessions of the GP they are just fine tuning those setups.

    Also if Bahrain Testing session got cancelled then Barcelona will hold another testing session and if the GP also got cancelled then F1 will have to make another special testing session in that week most likely at Catalunya again.

    Pirelli have said that they will put their company name in different colours on different compound tyres and they will announce the combination at the first GP of the season. Colours are Red, Yellow, Blue and White.
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    @waqas's Post ^lolz ... Its Already feeling different now .....

    On The Serious Note ... Guys Help me m going to buy a tv in a week or so ... i have a budget of 25k .... i only know that sony bravia 22inch is available in this range ... if you guys know anything about these stuff do let me know .thanks in advance
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    @steve..
    why ??... whats wrong with testing at the track which is part of the calender?... let them gather as much data as they can... it will be same for all teams.. i don't have any issue... and its my favorite track ...

    Bdgstone was also better in differentiating its tyre compounds ...


    @eddie..
    Bravia is damn good, man... if u are getting it 0 meter, i mean brand new than its good enough for a kid who just turned into an adult ...

    eddie, how are u feeling staying up this late for the first time in your life ?? ...

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    There are many things wrong with testing on a track which is part of F1 Calendar. There are 3 sessions before a GP where sole purpose is to set the car up for the qualifying and race. The total time of setting up the car is more then the total time these cars race on that track and that is only when you consider practice sessions.

    Now consider testing on a track where teams are going to race later in the season like Barcelona, teams now have extraordinarily huge time to set the car up for the race which is only a 1 and 1/2 hour long.
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    ^ so how is it unfair in anyway ??. or is it just u think that its not the right way...

    so what if they are able to setup car quickly?... its not like that they won't be participating in practice sessions or be complacent about the race on this track.. they'll still be, as u said, fine tuning the car just before the race... plus weather can play its part too in the race ...

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    Red Bull is strongest - Alonso
    Fernando Alonso believes Red Bull has the edge over its rivals at the moment, but is predicting a close season at the front of the field.

    @m_waqas
    I have not said that it is unfair, I have said that because it is part of the F1 calendar teams should not be allowed to set the car up before hand. And if you think they take part in the practice sessions just to fine tune the setup then you are wrong because they could do the same thing in simulators they only take part in practice sessions because of FIA rulings.

    I could assure you that there are many examples where drivers were not able to put a single good lap in the practice session but when they goes in qualifying they have qualified in the top 5 with out any problems.

    Kobayashi is a good example, he has not drive the Toyota's TF109 and neither he had drive ever on Suzuka before the Suzuka GP practice session but he has performed exceptionally well on that outing and gets a drive after Glock's injury.

    For me a race is a test of everything including car, driver and team as how they tackle the track but do you expect drivers to make a mistake on a track where they have done a substantial amount of testing. If I remember correctly some one has said about Barcelona that he could drive this circuit blindfolded now that tells you how much they know this track.

    If you ask me I want to see testing at Imola, Paul Ricard, Algarve, Estoril rather then seeing them testing at Barcelona or Bahrain. Even I would accept Abu Dhabi as testing track because the race on this track will happens at the end of the season and by that time the cars are quite different to what they were at the start of the season.
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    @Paula Thanks ... yes i getting a new one it feels goood to be up this late ... but i have a habit of going to sleep early so i wont change that
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    Barcelona test - Day 3. Times after Lunch break

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    Barcelona testing: Day two

    I spent a fair amount of this afternoon out on the circuit to see how the cars look and how consistent they are. There are some very interesting features that crop up.

    The McLaren just doesn't look like it has got the grip. They are complaining about the tyres, but the tyres are the same for everybody - and the FIA has controlled the weight distribution so everyone is making the same use of the tyres. So it's largely down to aerodynamic balance, especially on entry, to dictates how you use them. It's very easy to accelerate the degradation of the rear tyres if the car is nervous on corner entry.

    Turn 3, a long, fast right-hander here at Barcelona, is a difficult corner for the balance of the car because you are accelerating all the way through it. Normally, the car understeers a lot there and the McLaren certainly didn't lack that. It seems that they have a lot of work to do before they have a car that's capable of challenging at the front.


    The Ferrari, in general, looks like a very well-settled car that doesn't do anything too dramatic and works well with the driver. We might get a better indication of where they are tomorrow because Felipe Massa is in and he generally drives the wheels off it, whereas Fernando Alonso works very closely to a programme and you can never be sure exactly what he is doing.


    Kamui Kobayashi in the Sauber definitely doesn't lack commitment. The car looks reasonable and hangs on pretty well, but he's right on the limit. It would be no surprise to see him spear off the road at some point – he had one very wide moment getting onto the rubber marbles at the exit of Turn 3 that I'm sure got his pulse rate up.


    Nick Heidfeld again looks impressive in the Renault. It looks like it has got good grip. I think the exhaust system exiting at the front of the sidepod does make it quite difficult to drive and get the consistency on and off the throttle.


    Rubens Barrichello seemed happy with Williams' day and did a lot of laps. As a team, they feel their performance is reasonable - and they have a major aerodynamic update kit for the first race, which they feel will move them a good step forward.


    Red Bull attempted a race distance today, but had various car problems which interrupted it as well as a red flag, so it's very difficult to draw conclusions from the laps today. But the car is definitely quick and, as you'd expect with Adrian Newey packaging it, needs a little honing to reach the chequered flag.


    Inside Testing : Daily Barcelona Blog

    The question everyone is asking during pre-season testing is what is the competitive order? The fans want to know. The teams have an inkling, but still can't be sure about where they will be come the end of qualifying for whichever race opens the Formula 1 season. But with nine days of testing in the books, we're beginning to see some faint patterns emerging.


    For this test, AUTOSPORT has a secret weapon in the form of our technical contributor, Gary Anderson. As a designer of grand prix-winning cars and with Formula 1 experience stretching back to the James Hunt days, a few hours spent wandering the pit lane and watching track side with him offers tremendous insight, not to mention a way to verify your own impressions.


    You'll have read in Gary's blog some of his impressions from track side, and indeed it is from behind the tyre wall that you can learn an enormous amount. The Mercedes, for example, looks every bit as bad as you would expect from what became clear at the Jerez test.

    Nico Rosberg was having to work the car hard to get it to turn into the faster stuff – at Turns 1, 3 and 9 this is particularly obvious. He just can't get it to turn in as he would like and carry the speed into the corner. There's a big upgrade planned and it had better be huge, because this car doesn't even look like a Q3 contender on its performance so far.

    The McLaren, as Gary pointed out, isn't much better, while some of the less-fancied cars also caught the attention. The Sauber, in the hands of Kamui Kobayashi, looks very well-planted on turn in and he can carry good speed through the corner, although is a little less eye-catching in the slow stuff. I'm a little more confident than Gary of Kobayashi's ability to keep it on the black stuff - he has an impressive ability to look like he's near an accident without getting involved in as many as his rookie status last year might suggest. The Williams also looked good and stable, while the Toro Rosso was, although not spectacular, consistent and seemed very driveable.


    All of that is bad news for Mercedes, in particular. If it continues to struggle, there is a very competitive midfield pack ready to fill the spots ahead of it. Looking at the longer run times, the car is slow and chews its tyres whoever is at the wheel. But let's accentuate the positive and say at least it topped the mileage chart today, which at least suggests reliability has been ameliorated.


    Teams have turned around pre-season struggles before, but it's incredibly difficult and extremely rare. Remember BMW Sauber in 2008? It was deep in the mire until the final test and only a rare Robert Kubica blunder during qualifying cost the team pole position.


    Back in the pit lane, there's the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the cars. One of the prime spots is at the pit exit, where drivers sometimes stop to complete a practice start.

    It's an ear-shattering experience to stand two metres from a grand prix car doing a full race start, but one car in particular stood out. While the rest were merely loud, the Renault was at a whole new level - rattling your rib cage and sending shockwaves through your eardrums that made you question whether you had forgotten to put your earplugs in.


    The Renault certainly looks promising, and there were times on-track when it really looked the part. Standing on the outside of Turn 1, Nick Heidfeld came through one lap awesomely committed, turned in, got on the power early and the car stuck. The next, the car didn't take kindly to the application of the throttle in the same place and he had to feather a little, so perhaps the blown floor isn't yet quite as consistent as he would like. But the car certainly has potential that, just maybe, will take the bearded wonder to his first grand prix win.


    So, colours to the mast. If a grand prix were to be held tomorrow, my money would be on Red Bull or Ferrari with a sneaky each-way on Renault. The first two cars look quick and good on their tyres, while there's enough about the Renault to get excited about.


    That begs the inevitable question what of McLaren? Let's give them a couple more days, but I wager that if that car went into a qualifying session tomorrow it wouldn't set the world alight. Fortunately for me, there's not going to be a grand prix tomorrow, so that prediction will never be falsified.
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    Ecclestone to let Bahrain judge safety<!-- end title -->
    Bernie Ecclestone says he will let the crown prince of Bahrain decide whether it is safe to the season-opening grand prix to go ahead.

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    Daniel Ricciardo believes the Formula 1 teams now have a much better grasp of handling the new Pirelli tyres in mixed conditions, following another wet morning at Barcelona today.
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