Archive for the ‘Circuit_de_Catalunya’ Category

As reported on motoringco.za

Finn Raikkonen, 26, clinched a place on the podium for the first time in five races. Although he was confident the team was improving he was still unhappy with the straight-line speed of his McLaren-Mercedes.

Raikkonen’s car was no match for race-winner Fernando Alonso’s Renault or runner-up Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari and he said: “Third place was the maximum possible. “The good news is that this weekend has shown that we are moving in the right direction and getting more and more competitive. “I think the car has improved since Barcelona – we struggled there.”

He admitted he never felt he could win but insisted the team was doing as well as could be expected. “We were really a bit too slow in a straight line to challenge anybody,” he said.

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As reported on reuters

World champion Fernando Alonso collected a $2,000 fine on Friday for exceeding the pit lane speed limit in the first free practice session for his home Spanish Grand Prix.

But that was about the only excitement the Renault driver could offer the crowd chanting his name at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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As reported on channel4.com

British Formula One driver Jenson Button is hoping that an improved Honda engine will kick-start his season at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Honda’s sporting director Gil de Ferran is also upbeat his team’s chances at Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday, adding: “We have the latest specification engine for both drivers. All of which makes us positive going into this weekend, despite our relative lack of pace in the last race.”

Hey !! Don’t they say “A car is only as faster as it’s driver” ?? Or is it just “The Button Effect” !!

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