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Friday, May 16, 2008

Kubica to enjoy the open road

Robert Kubica plans to pick up his Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in style, doing what no driver has done before: Drive his F1 car from Faenza to Brisighella on the open road, ITV reports.

The award recognizes off-track achievements, is presented by the people of Brisighella, and honors the late Italian driver.

Receiving the award surprised Kubica, who did think he did anything special to deserve it.

Kubica called the planned run over public roads “the icing on the cake.”

Trulli fastest in the rain at Paul Ricard

Jarno Trulli headed the timesheets as rain hit the final day of testing at Paul Ricard.

Trulli set a time of 1:31.260 as teams ran a longer, faster configuration of the test track in preparation for the Canadian Grand Prix slated for the first weekend in June.

Nelson Piquet set the second fastest time with a 1:31.634, and Pedro de la Rosa was third with a time of 1:32.143.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth in the STR3, Felipe Massa fifth and Nick Heidfeld sixth.

Red Bull ran test driver Sebastien Buemi, who came in seventh ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella in the Force India, Jenson Button in the Honda and Adrian Sutil in the second Force India.

Williams test runner Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the field.

Mosley to attend Monaco, but in an unofficial capacity

Max Mosley will appear at his first race since the sex scandal broke when he visits the Monaco Grand Prix.

He will not represent the FIA, however. That duty will be performed by Marco Piccinini, his deputy.

Piccinini will act sn the FIA representative in all meetings with the royal family of Monaco and at the official galas surrounding the weekend.

Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds

It seems Formula One just can’t get enough of diamonds and Monte Carlo.

Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen will sport diamond-encrusted helmets next weekend as part of McLaren’s sponsorship deal with Steinmetz.

The helmets will feature both the Steinmetz logo and the drivers’ signatures shaped in diamonds on each side.

Where goes Sato?

Rumors are beginning to swirl as to where Takuma Sato may end up, with French magazine AutoHebdo reporting he could play into a shootout to replace struggling Nelson Piquet at Renault.

It was also suggested the Japanese could return to Honda in 2009 in place of 37-year-old Rubens Barrichello.

And finally…

As you may have heard, there is something so disturbing surrounding the sport at the moment that so far I have refused to comment on it. Well, I tried to restrain myself, but I can’t help it. Steel yourself, and then press play…

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