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WilliamsAs reported on F1Racing.net

“We had a positive test at Silverstone last week where Alex tested a revised aero package that we will bring with us for the final three rounds,” said technical director Sam Michael. “We also concentrated on tyre testing in preparation for these races and are confident of our selection. This season has been tough for the team, so some good results in Asia and Brazil would be welcome and well deserved for everyone at Grove, and for the crew at Cosworth, who have all worked so hard this year.”

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Michael SchumacherAs reported on SportingLife.com

Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren’s F1 CEO, admits F1 will face a period of adjustment once the German has departed, he does whole heartedly believe F1 will survive in its post-Schumi era. “Inevitably, (Schumi) has a following, particularly in Germany – but on the other hand, as one door closes another opens,” he told Autosport.

“I think that with Nico (Rosberg), Lewis (Hamilton), Gary (Paffett), Heikki (Kovalainen) and (Nelson) Piquet (Jr), we’ve got an interesting rush of new blood, and I am sure those guys will be exciting to see as they develop.

Interestingly he forgot to mention Robert Kubica, the rookie who reached the podium in his third race. But then, that is not we are talking about.

We are talking about Michael Schumacher and Formula 1 next season. No doubts a lot has already been written about it and we don’t want to be repetitive. So we’ll say it once and for all.

The sports will go ahead, undoubtedly, even without Michael Schumacher, but it is going to take at least 2-3 races next season for the reality to sink-in. That’s our take on the subject, feel free to write yours.

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Honda F1As reported on homeofsport

Honda will attempt to use its 2007-specification engine at China’s Shanghai race next month … plan to introduce the updated 2.4 litre V8 at Monza backfired spectacularly when Anthony Davidson suffered two failures in free practice last Friday.
Team boss Nick Fry told Speed TV that the cause of the Monza failures were manufacturing errors.

At Monza, after reverting to the older V8 specification, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello logged the second and third slowest speeds of the entire grand prix field.

Who says persistence does not pay ! But let’s hope it pays Honda.

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WilliamsAs reported on homeofsport

Ahead of their partnership for 2007, Williams will use Toyota engines for the first time at the Silverstone test next week. The presently Cosworth-powered outfit plans to run a Toyota V8 in the rear of a modified ‘FW28’ chassis, with current test driver and 2007 racer Alex Wurz at the wheel.

So many teams deciding to start testing their next-season engines. Only hoping that the outcome does is not the same as that of Honda’s !

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Michael SchumacherAs reported on noticias.info

Title contender Michael Schumacher believes Ferrari are in strong shape heading into their home race in Italy next weekend. It follows a successful three-day test for the team at Monza this week.

“The tests are over and we’re very happy,” Schumacher told his official website. “Car and engine were highly reliable and Luca Badoer completed the distance of a whole weekend on Tuesday and I did the same. I think we’re very well prepared for the race here at Monza next week.”

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As reported on homeofsport

Nelson Piquet Jr

Nelson Piquet Jr, the GP2-driving son of Brazil’s triple world champion, has moved into pole position to replace Heikki Kovalainen in the Renault test seat of 2007. With his Finnish predecessor set to score the plum race seat, the 21-year-old [Piquet Jr] is not only linked with the third driver role, but he has already signed a contract, according to the French portal ‘Le Blog Auto’.

It is additionally reported that Sir Frank Williams, who once tested the actually German-born Piquet Junior, was also interested in signing him, while recent rumours suggested that the rookie could be eying a race seat debut for a small team.

With Kovalainen moving to drivers seat for Renault next season, I guess that very much brought end to Kimi-moving-to-Renault theory.

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Robert KubicaAs reported on CNN

BMW Sauber said the 21-year-old test driver had been promoted to the race seat after 1997 world champion Villeneuve told them he had not fully recovered from an accident at Hockenheim last weekend.

“I had prepared myself for a whole year without actually competing in any races so I’m even happier to get his opportunity,” he said. “I’m proud that BMW Sauber has such confidence in me. I’m determined not to let them down.” Robert Kubica said.

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