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Monday, March 16, 2009

Alonso breaks Brawn dominance

Renault’s Fernando Alonso took down not one, but two BGP 001s, posting a best lap of 1:18.343 to break the Brawn GP stranglehold at the top of the sheets in the second day of testing at Jerez.

Rubens Barrichello was second, covering 62 laps in the morning before handing over to third place Jenson Button in the afternoon. Button’s day came to a premature end with gearbox issues.

Lewis Hamilton for McLaren and Nico Rosberg in the Williams also took part.

All four teams will be in action Tuesday.

Monday -- Jerez:
  1. Fernando Alonso, Renault R29, 1:18.343
  2. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn BGP 001, 1:18.398
  3. Jenson Button, Brawn BGP 001, 1:18.892
  4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren MP4-24, 1:19.513
  5. Nico Rosberg, Williams FW31, 1:19.783

FIA will vote on FOTA points plan

The FIA will put FOTA’s proposed 12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1 points structure to a vote at this week’s World Motor Sport Council meeting, autosport.com reports.

The WMSC is also poised to make an announcement concerning “emergency cost-cutting ideas” to be evaluated. While nothing has been revealed, one could guess more standardization will be on the docket.

Indy centennial

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is marking the 100th birthday of the speedway this week by providing fans the opportunity to get their photo taken with the track’s founders.

Well, actors, anyway. Dressed in period clothing. For $5.

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