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GP Week : Issue 18
Team-By-Team: Britain AT&T WILLIAMSF1 7 8 The weekend didn’t start well when Fernando Alonso’s engine appeared to go bang on Hangar Straight, depositing oil on the racing line and causing Felipe Massa’s heavy shunt. Other than that, however, the Renault boys were in fine fettle and covered 95 laps between them over the course of the first day. The work continued into Saturday when Alonso again topped final practice. It was a good omen as the Renault boys both made it into Q3. Piquet is really getting to grips with F1 now, and his qualifying performance left him narrowly shadowing Alonso with the Spaniard sixth and the Brazilian a career best seventh. Then the race … Alonso was caught out by being left on old tyres as the rain fell but recovered well to finish sixth after a spirited and dogged fight. Piquet, for his part, actually looked the more assured and confident in the conditions. Looking good for an almost certain fourth place, he was caught out on standing water and aquaplaned out. A real shame as he had looked great in conditions he usually loves. Williams started off their weekend with tyre comparison tests following a successful test at Silverstone the week before. The team had a relatively trouble free day, although Nakajima’s over exuberance in the afternoon left him spinning into the wall and handed the team a rear end rebuild overnight. Come qualifying, however, it was unmitigated disaster. With niggling suspension problems, Rosberg was hating his car. When he was caught out by the rain, he never made it out of Q1. Nakajima didn’t get much further, bottom of the pile in Q2 for a miserable Saturday. Sunday wasn’t much better for Rosberg. Filled to the brim with fuel, he just didn’t make an impression and when he wiped out his front wing on Timo Glock, his afternoon’s chances were wiped out. Nakajima meanwhile kept his nose clean and fought a hard and impressive race. That he lost out to the Toyota of Jarno Trulli on the last lap was a shame after such a good drive. He would kick himself over the lost point. ING RENAULT F1 TEAM 5 6 F1 BRITAIN >> 35