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GP Week : Issue 1
TONIO SAYS: They are more competitive than last year but still I don’t think they have made a really huge step forward. They have been inconsistent in testing, sometimes on the top, sometimes in the middle of the field and sometimes they are a little bit behind. I don’t think they are hiding – they just don’t have a car to suit all the circuits. I think it’s not easy for Jarno because every year the team doesn’t quite make the step he would want, but he is still one of the fastest guys, especially in qualifying. He will give Timo a hard time. Panasonic Toyota Racing Jarno Trulli (ITA) / Timo Glock (GER) encouraging. Watching the team’s results in the pre-season tests has not made pleasant reading, although the majority of Spanish fans still believe there will be possibilities for the Asturian driver. Perhaps this is an important part of the Spanish character: we are always optimistic, but the fact is that the season is gonna be really tough. In a recent press conference with Spanish media, Alonso was so clear: he expects his main rivals to be the Red Bull and the Williams. In his mind there is no way to fight against BMW, McLaren or Ferrari. I share Fernando’s point of view, but I am still a little bit more optimistic than him. Renault have not done their homework, not in the way they promised Fernando, but they have certainly made a step forward. If in 2007 they finished in fourth position, despite McLaren’s penalty, they must at least keep this place in '08. I believe Fernando and Renault will suffer in the first three races but, when the circus returns home in late April, they must close the gap with the frontrunners. It’s too early to guess if Fernando is going to be a world championship contender, but I believe both Kimi and Lewis will be sleeping with one eye open ... Friday (*) 10:00 – 11:30 Practice 1 (**) 14:00 – 15:30 Practice 2 (***) Saturday 11:00 – 12:00 Practice 3 (****) 14:00 – 15:00 Qualifying (*****) Sunday 14:00 Race (******) (*) Friday Practice sessions at Monaco will take place on Thursday. (**) Except for Singapore (16:00). (***) Except for Singapore (20:00). (****) Except for Canada (10:00), Great Britain (10:00) and Singapore (17:00). (*****) Except for Canada (13:00), Great Britain (13:00) and Singapore (20:00). (******) Except for Australia (15:30), Malaysia (15:00), Bahrain (14:30), Turkey (15:00), Canada (13:00), Great Britain (13:00), Singapore (20:00), Japan (13:30) and China (15:00). Brazil tbc. All indicated times are local times. The FIA Formula One World Championship 2008 timetable: F1 PREVIEW >> 25