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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Honda gunning for Alonso?

Honda reportedly has offered a “name-your-price” offer for the services of Fernando Alonso.

The Telegraph reports Ross Brawn and Nick Fry made the offer in hopes of paring the double world champion up alongside Jenson Button from 2009.

Many believe Ferrari have secured Alonso’s services for 2010, but the newspaper reports Honda are not looking at a temporary solution, but rather are trying to convince the Spaniard the Japanese team is the better lace to be.

Part of that strategy is the presence of Brawn, a proven winner, combined with the new regulations set to take hold in 2009.

KERS issue hits BMW Sauber

BMW Sauber was forced to call a halt to testing of its Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) when one of its mechanics received a shock today at Jerez.

The mechanic, who was thrown to the ground by the shock from a KERS-equipped car driven by test driver Christian Klien, escaped serious injury, but the team stopped the test when no cause could be found.

This is the second KERS-related incident in the last two weeks. Red Bull was forced to evacuate its factory last week when a battery failure caused a fire scare.

Toyota wants to discuss Glock’s trackside treatment

Toyota has asked for talks with the FIA concerning Timo Glock’s treatment by track marshals following his hard crash at the German Grand Prix.

The Germen, who made hard contact with the pit wall when his rear suspension failed, was unstrapped from his car rather than the normal practice of being removed while in his seat.

Glock was walked away from his car on wobbly legs holding his back.

“We want to talk about how the driver was recovered from the cockpit. However, we do not wish to complain,” Eurosport reports Toyota F1 president John Howett said. “We will look at the video and figure out exactly what happened. The most important thing is that Timo is absolutely okay.”

Glock is expected to return to the cockpit this week at Jerez.

Michelin to supply A1GP

The world cup of motorsport has a new tire supplier -- Michelin.

Grandprix.com reports the French tire maker, late of F1, has signed a three-year deal to begin this season.

Ferrari test drivers Andrea Bertolini, Patrick Friesacher and Marc Gene have been testing the tires on the new Ferrari-powered cars.

Vettel leads first day of Jerez test

Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel continued his good form, leading the first day of a four day test at Jerez.

Vettel set a time of 1:19.844 in the morning to top the charts ahead of McLaren’s Gary Paffett and Ferrari’s Luca Badoer.

Badoer’s time was set in a 2009-spec car on slick tires. Vettel will continue to test tomorrow on slicks.

Nico Hulkenberg, Sebastien Buemi, and Romain Grosjean also joined the F1 regulars today.

The only red flag of the day came courtesy of Hulkenberg, who stopped on the circuit in the afternoon.

  1. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:19.844
  2. Paffett, McLaren, 1:20.179
  3. Badoer, Ferrari, 1:20.697
  4. Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:20.953
  5. Buemi, Red Bull, 1:20.997
  6. Grosjean, Renault, 1:21.223
  7. Trulli, Toyota, 1:21.459
  8. Wurz, Honda, 1:21.596
  9. Klien, BMW, no time
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Considering Alonso's reputation for feedback and development, he could be just what Honda needs right now. As a matter of fact, he could be just what Ferrari needs right now.

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