April 17, 2013
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After only 3 races out of the cockpit, former Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen will drive for the team in the next two race weekends in the practice sessions.
He will take the place of Alexander Rossi, who was originally set to drive in these sessions. Kovalainen will drive in Giedo van der Garde’s car for FP1 and possibly FP2 for both race weekends.
Caterham say the reason for the switch is because of Rossi’s move to the Caterham GP2 team, replacing Ma Qing Hua. However, seeing as Heikki was originally dropped because of financial reasons, rumours are growing that the Finn is preparing a comeback with his former team.
May 13, 2012
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Most of the Williams garage has been completely torched
Early reports have claimed that an explosion has occurred in the Williams garage after the Spanish Grand Prix.
The BBC report that it was caused by a KERS explosion on Pastor Maldonado’s car, which of course sits just below the fuel tank.
The fire was witnessed by both BBC and Sky F1 teams. It is unclear whether there have been any injuries, but at the moment there are several ambulances leaving the scene.
Will be updated as more news comes through.
Here is footage from the BBC:
And from Sky Sports F1:
And more footage from Sky, this time of the fire from the front:
May 11, 2012
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Alonso put Ferrari on top
Fernando Alonso gave Ferrari their first top spot in an official F1 session this year.
The Spaniard pleased the home crowd with a 1:24.430. Sebastian Vettel briefly went fastest after the first half hour, but settled for 2nd, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.
McLaren ran a new higher nose on their MP4-27, with Jenson Button 4th and Lewis Hamilton 8th, the latter complaining of understeer on his car. Button lamented that it was difficult to turn the tyres up to temperature.
Valtteri Bottas was 5th, over a second ahead of Pastor Maldonado back in 17th. Force India ran a batch of new updates, with Nico Hulkenberg entering the top 10. Jules Bianchi took over the second car, ending the session in 18th place.
Alexander Rossi tested for Caterham, his first F1 practice session, and ended up 21st, a second behind Vitaly Petrov. Dani Clos drove for HRT, and was 2.5 seconds off Pedro de la Rosa.
Times from FP1:
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.430 20
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:24.808 +0.378 18
3. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.912 +0.482 28
4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.996 +0.566 24
5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:25.120 +0.690 24
6. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:25.187 +0.757 15
7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:25.217 +0.787 16
8. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.252 +0.822 20
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:25.285 +0.855 29
10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:25.339 +0.909 24
11. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:25.367 +0.937 22
12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:25.433 +1.003 21
13. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:25.539 +1.109 23
14. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.607 +1.177 20
15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.918 +1.488 19
16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:26.226 +1.796 24
17. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.297 +1.867 18
18. Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1:26.630 +2.200 21
19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:27.475 +3.045 20
20. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:28.267 +3.837 21
21. Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1:28.448 +4.018 25
22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:28.633 +4.203 22
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:29.107 +4.677 19
24. Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 1:31.618 +7.188 19