Keith’s heading back from Jerez today but he wants to send his very best wishes to Bella Combs. Many of you know Bella, who’s a massive F1 fan, and has often commented on this site and on Twitter. She’s not very well at the moment and Keith would like to wish her all the best and say ‘get well soon’.
In today?óÔé¼Ôäós round up, Bruno Senna gets his first drive in the R31, but rules himself out as a candidate to replace Robert Kubica as race driver.
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?óÔé¼?ôBruno Senna says he accepts that Renault needs a ‘more prepared’ driver to stand in as Robert Kubica’s replacement from the start of this season.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôBruno Senna: ?óÔé¼?£It was an awesome day – my first chance to drive the R31 and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm pleased with how things went. It was very much a learning day for me. I had never used the adjustable wing or the KERS before, so I had to adapt to these. It?óÔé¼Ôäós not easy at first, because there is a big workload and you are operating two factors that change the balance of the car, but by the end of the day it became more like second nature.
?óÔé¼?ô?óÔé¼?£I started the day pretty relaxed; gradually built up my confidence, and then by lunchtime I was feeling pretty comfortable with things. I was looking forward to doing some hard laps at the end of the day, but with the red flags and the weather, there wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót enough time.?óÔé¼Ôäó?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFormula One is on track to get the equivalent of a cap on team budgets to curb excessive spending according to the team principal of Red Bull, the winners of last year’s championship.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôOver three thousand kilometres ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ 3,195.594 to be precise ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ in one week is a sound start to the work of developing the Maranello newborn, the F150th Italia.
?óÔé¼?ôFernando and Felipe will be on track again tomorrow: no, it?óÔé¼Ôäós not an extra day?óÔé¼Ôäós testing granted to Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, but a day dedicated to promotional filming for the Scuderia?óÔé¼Ôäós partners. Development work on the new car will resume on Friday 18 at the Catalunya Circuit, on the outskirts of Barcelona: it will actually be the Spanish driver who will get the session underway, with Felipe taking over from him for Sunday and Monday.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôHey guys it’s a chilly day here in Jerez but still getting some useful laps in. Seems like everyone is running big fuel loads this afternoon. Most teams are doing long runs.. interesting to see the tyre degradation from different teams..?óÔé¼?Ø
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Looks great doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót it, if only it looked like this however?óÔé¼?ª
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On this day in F1
On this day in 2008, Williams were the toast of testing with a string of quick times. The FW30 was fast on its debut at Valencia and was quicker still at Jerez, with Nico Rosberg ending the test as the fourth-quickest driver.