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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Fernando’s turn

Renault’s Fernando Alonso topped the charts Wednesday at Jerez, setting a best lap of 1:19.945 over 130 laps at the Spanish circuit.

Kimi Raikkonen was second in the Ferrari, and BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld finished third.

Formula One Testing

Wednesday -- Jerez:
  1. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:19.945
  2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:20.250
  3. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:20.520
  4. Jarno Trulli, Toyota , 1:20.540
  5. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:20.894
  6. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:20.948
  7. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:21.302
  8. Adrian Sutil, Force India , 1:21.411

No wings for Sato

Takuma Sato revealed he will not be filling a test role for Red Bull or Toro Rosso.

“I am no longer in negotiation with the Toro Rosso or Red Bull teams about their third driver positions,” he said on his personal Web site. “I am very disappointed that we were not able to come to an agreement with them but you never know what is around the corner. As everyone knows, I never give up so we are still looking for the best options for the future.”

Senna to DTM?

Bruno Senna, looking to be edged out of Ross Brawn’s team by Rubens Barrichello, appears to be in talks with Mercedes to run DTM this season.

“There are talks but no decision," Reuters reports Mercedes motorsport vice president Norbert Haug told the German SID news agency on Wednesday. “... It would be of course good to have Senna at the DTM but it is still pure speculation if this will indeed happen.”

Minardi's take

Giancarlo Minardi weighs in on where he thinks everybody’s at heading into the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Ready? Toyota. Ferrari? Not so much. Crash.net reports.

Renault threatens to quit

Renault wants more commercial revenue or it will quit the sport, Bloomberg reports.

Renault Chief Operating Officer Patrick Pelata said at the Geneva Motor Show the company needs more than just the cost cuts agreed upon last December to keep it in the sport.

The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) meets tomorrow in Geneva.

Ecclestone was not swayed.

“I’m surprised he would come out and say something like that,” he said. “We’ve got an agreement with the teams until 2013 and we’ll stick with that.”

USF1 becomes USGPE

You may have noticed when you type in the USF1 Web address it takes you someplace else. This isn’t a mistake, grandprix.com reports.

Due to difficulties with the sport over the use of the trademarked “F1,” the team has reregistered as US GP Engineering.

Why not USGP? Apparently, that one’s owned ny Tony George. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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