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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ferrari tops testing, and Davidson’s back

Ferrari's topped the sheets as Luca Badoer led the opening day of testing at the Circuit deCatalunya in Barcelona with a time of 1:22.043.

Robert Kubica, David Coulthard, Red Bull test driver Sebastien Buemi, and McLaren test driver Gary Paffett were second through fifth as teams prepared for the French Grand Prix.

With Alex Wurz in France preparing for Le Mans, Honda testing duties fell to Anthony Davidson, late of Super Aguri. The Briton notched the sixth fastest time.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh for Williams, Romain Grosjean for Renault
and Kamui Kobayashi rounded out the top eight in the Toyota.

Testing continues Friday, with Timo Glock replacing Kobayashi, Nelson Piquet in for Grosjean, Nico Rosberg replacing Hulkenberg and Pedro de la Rosa taking over for Paffett, Crash.net reports.

1. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:22.412
2. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:22.682
3. David Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:22.724
4. Sebastian Buemi, Red Bull, 1:22.764
5. Gary Paffett, McLaren, 1:22.938
6. Anthony Davidson, Honda, 1:23.208
7. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:23.619
8. Romain Grosjean, Renault, 1:23.899
9. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:24.442

Letters, we get letters...

Bernie Ecclestone has fired off a letter to the FIA clubs in an effort to calm fears about a breakaway series.

In the letter, Ecclestone insists the teams simply want a new Concorde Agreement with the commercial rights holder and the FIA.

FIA President Max Mosley has resisted signing a new agreement.

German newspaper Die Welt claims that Ecclestone and the teams have secretly issued the FIA a a June 16th ultimatum, F1-Live.com reports.

Le Mans: Peugeot maintains pole

Stéphane Sarrazin held on to pole, and Peugeot kept the top three slots for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the final qualifying session at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Two of the three Audis line up behind the French squad, while the third starts seventh.
Jos Verstappen took pole in LMP2 for the Van Merksteijn Motorsport team, followed by Team Essex, both teams in Porsche RS Spyders. The Barazi Epsilon entry was third.

Once again a Corvette is on pole in GT1, to be driven by Johnny O'Connell, Jan Magnusson and Ron Fellows. But this year it is a Saleen which took second. The second Corvette and two Aston Martins round out the top five.

And it was Porsche taking the top two positions in GT2, the No.76 Team Performance-Matmut entry besting the No.77 Team Felbermayr-Proton. The No.96 Virgo Motorsport Ferrari was third.

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