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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Nelsinho in front??!!

Nelson Piquet topped the charts in the final day of testing at Barcelona.

The Renault driver will be hoping this result is a sign that things are about to turn around in his difficult rookie season.

The Brazilian nailed a time of 1:20.076 on the way to completing 112 laps. McLaren’s Pedro de la Rosa was second, and Luca Badoer third for Ferrari in the final test leading up to the French Grand Prix.

Mark Webber was fourth for Red Bull, Toyota’s Timo Glock fifth and Nick Heidfeld sixth in the BMW Sauber, as a morning drizzle gave way to dry conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Rubens Barrichello (Honda), Nico Hulkenberg (Williams) and Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso) rounded out the field. Force India did not take part.

1. Piquet, Renault, 1:20.076
2. De la Rosa, McLaren, 1:20.402
3. Badoer, Ferrari, 1:20.680
4. Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.037
5. Glock, Toyota, 1:21.158
6. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:21.295
7. Barrichello, Honda, 1:21.672
8. Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:21.674
9. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:21.880

Albert Park agreement done?

Various Australian newspapers are claiming a verbal agreement has been made to keep the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne through 2015, Grandprix.com reports.

Melbourne's Sunday Herald Sun says a senior government source claims an announcement is forthcoming and the deal will be signed shortly.

Bernie Ecclestone had been pressing for a night race so as to better compliment the European TV schedule, but according to the source the deal calls for a compromise start time of 5 pm.

Peugeot leading at Le Mans...

...but Audi is in hot pursuit at the halfway point. No 24 hour coverage? Check out the latest live timing from the official Web site.

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