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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Alonso tops a ‘slick’ day in Spain

It was Fernando Alonso's turn to lead the field Wednesday in the third day of testing at Barcelona.

Alonso outpaced Michael Schumacher in a battle of slick-shod cars, setting a mark of 1:18.483.

Schumacher finished the day in second with a 1:19.323.

Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella proved quick Tuesday, and teammate Adrian Sutil followed suit today, setting a third-best time of 1:19.424.

Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg, Rubens Barrichello, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Bourdais, Mark Webber and Jarno Trulli rounded out the top 10.

Bourdais suffers heavy crash

Toro Rosso ran its new STR3 car for Sebastien Bourdais, but the car's race debut may be postponed after the Frenchman suffered a heavy shunt.

While Bourdais was unhurt, the car suffered enough damage that Sebastian Vettel will not be able to complete the team’s testing program Thursday.

Vettel in line for a Red Bull promotion?

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko told autosport.com Sebastian Vettel will likely be considered for a move up to Red Bull Racing in ’09.

Vettel made a big splash in his race debut last season, filling in for the injured Robert Kubica in a BMW Sauber at Indianapolis.

He also performed well at Toro Rosso in the second half of ’07, taking over for Scott Speed after the American mouthed his way out of Formula One. That strong performance has continued into this year.

A move to RBR for Vettel would be logical, as Dietrich Mateschitz recently said he plans to sell Toro Rosso by 2010.

Most likely to move aside for Vettel would be 37-year-old David Coulthard.

Super Aguri on the ropes again

Reuters reports Magma Group’s takeover bid for Super Aguri is on hold, once again putting the team’s future in question.

Talks are ongoing. Super Aguri has not been present at this week’s Barcelona tests.

According to Reuters’ source, the delay could put Super Aguri’s participation at the Spanish GP in jeopardy.

Considering Super Aguri was created to save face for Honda after it fired Takuma Sato from the works squad, Aguri Suzuki’s minnows have proven to be a plucky little team which took it to the better-funded Honda more than once last season.

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