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Today's times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps

1. Massa Ferrari 1:12.574 102

2. de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:12.784 74

3. M.Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:12.947 40

4. Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:13.543 39

5. Paffett McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.846 86

6. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:14.449 75

7. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:14.762 18

8. Kubica Renault 1:15.000 69

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81182

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Massa's Ferrari quickest again, Valencia testing will have three world champions in the track tomorrow: Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Valencia 2nd day times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps

1. Massa Ferrari 1:11.722 124

2. Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:12.056 96

3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.256 108

4. Kubica Renault 1:12.426 119

5. Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:12.899 119

6. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:13.377 102

7. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:13.823 107

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Virgin Racing has revealed its first Formula 1 car, the VR-01, although its planned online launch was delayed by technical difficulties.

The VR-01 was due to be unveiled on the team's website this morning, the team having opted for an 'all-digital' launch to mirror its 'all-digital car' - reflecting the fact that design company Wirth Research created the car entirely using computational fluid dynamics rather than using a windtunnel.

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the first F1 pre-season test is over and there is no doubt about which team has grabbed the headlines. Fernando Alonso makes it three fastest times out of three days for Ferrari with the fastest time of all - one minute 11.470 seconds. Then it's De la Rosa's Sauber (1:12.094), Schumacher's Mercedes (1:12.438), Alguersuari's Toro Rosso (1:12.576), Button's McLaren (1:12.951), Petrov's Renault (1:13.097), and Hulkenberg's Williams (1:13.669).

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Reserve role for Heidfeld at Mercedes GP

Mercedes GP confirmed on Thursday that Nick Heidfeld is to join the team as their reserve and test driver for the 2010 Formula One season. Heidfeld, who raced for BMW Sauber from 2006-09, joins fellow Germans Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg in the squad’s line-up.

http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/2/10402.html

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I like the Indy race in St. Pete, FL. Are a lot of the F1 races on city streets? Monte Carlo? There is always a race in Istanbul too, I think on track? I don't think that Albuquerque is like 'sand dune' desert.

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I like the Indy race in St. Pete, FL. Are a lot of the F1 races on city streets? Monte Carlo? There is always a race in Istanbul too, I think on track? I don't think that Albuquerque is like 'sand dune' desert.

there are some 'street' races in 2010: Monaco, Albert Park - Melbourne, Valencia, Singapore and the new Korean circuit.

Istanbul GP is held at a permanent race circuit

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under wet weather conditions, Jerez first day times:

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:20.927, 57 Laps

2. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:21.031, 84 Laps

3. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:22.243, 118 Laps

4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:22.895, 88 Laps

5. Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber, 1:23.287, 55 Laps

6. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:24.947, 68 Laps

7. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 1:24.968, 71 Laps

8. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:25.440, 27 Laps

9. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:26.502, 50 Laps

10. Timo Glock, Virgin, 1:38.734, 5 Laps

http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/2/10420.html

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Not really. Hardly any were laps done, only a few drivers did laps in the dry (they're the ones at the top of the time sheet), and teams like McLaren, for example, had their cars loaded with electronic sensors and weren't going for fast times but instead trying to learn more about the aerodynamics of their machines. The timings at this stage, especially on a wet day like today when hardly any testing was done, are meaningless.

The one thing that was of some small interest was that Webber broke down. Not a great start to Red Bull's testing.

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Campos Rescued, To Become Volkswagen Entry In 2011 ?

Bernie Ecclestone and Jose Ramon Carabante have joined forces to rescue the Campos team, Spain's Diario AS newspaper reports.

The deal will reportedly see team partner and president Carabante take over from Adrian Campos and lead the outfit to its Bahrain debut next month, before the German car giant Volkswagen steps in for 2011.

AS said the team intends to change its official name from Campos Meta 1 prior to the start of the season.

The Valencia headquarters will remain for now, and the multi million euro debt to Italian car constructor Dallara will be paid.

AS, explaining that the touted investment of A1 chief Tony Teixeira never materialised, said former Force India boss Colin Kolles will be team principal.

The newspaper said Bruno Senna's contract as race driver will be honoured, and that the hopeful Serbian outfit Stefan GP will instead need to look to assume USF1's official entry.

http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=127996&newlang=&topic=1&catid=1

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Silverstone to use new track for 2010 GP

Silverstone has announced that it will use its new 'Arena' layout for this year's Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

The revised track had originally been designed with MotoGP in mind, but when Silverstone regained its F1 date following the collapse of Donington Park's grand prix bid, the Northamptonshire track began considering whether to switch F1 to the new circuit as well.

It has now confirmed that Formula One Management has approved the use of the Arena Grand Prix layout from this year's British GP.

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The new circuit leaves the current GP layout at Abbey and heads through an S-bend to the new Arena complex, before returning down the National track straight to rejoin the existing GP track's stadium section at Brooklands. F1 cars will therefore no longer use Bridge and Priory corners, but it is hoped that the changes will increase overtaking opportunities.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81407

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