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Friday, April 18, 2008

VW, Porsche rule out F1

Two automakers often linked with F1 over the past decade sited the Mosley scandal as one of the reasons they will not get involved with the sport, Reuters reports.

Porsche and Volkswagen join German counterparts BMW and Mercedes in their strong criticism of the FIA head in the wake of the alleged Nazi-themed session with prostitutes first reported by News of the World.

It is perhaps the first tangible evidence of the negative effect the scandal is having on Formula One.

Renault admits car is too slow

Pat Symonds admitted to Autosport the R28 is lacking the speed to break out of the midfield.

Even with new aero bits promised for Spain, Symonds does not believe performance will improve enough to give Fernando Alonso a chance at a podium.

Whitmarsh unsure who has the advantage

ITV reports McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh feels this week’s tests in Barcelona failed to prove who has an edge going into the European campaign.

The McLaren CEO said the variation of programs run by the teams failed to prove whose bits and pieces added to their performance.

Still, Whitmarsh is confident McLaren have made a step forward.

Rubens likes what he sees

Rubens Barrichello is encouraged by Honda’s new aero package, ITV reports, and the Brazilian believes it can put him in a position to net points in Barcelona.

Barrichello led the timesheets on the second day of testing, albeit on slicks.

Honda will be relying heavily on the test data gathered by Barrichello and third driver Alex Wurz, as Jenson Button’s session on the final day was plagued by rain. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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