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GP Week : Issue 37
Short Straights n Ron Dennis has opened a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum, entitled “Fast Forward: 20 Ways F1 is Changing Our World.”Entry to the exhibition is absolutely free, so for anyone who lives in, near or is just planning on visiting London before April 2010, we suggest you make a B-line for what promises to be a fascinating day out at the Science Museum. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk n Bernie Ecclestone has given the clearest indication yet that he has reservations that the British Grand Prix will retain its place on the Formula 1 Calendar. Speaking to The Guardian he admitted that so many countries wanted to hold races that there weren’t enough dates available to host them. “We need a date,” he said. “We're going to be in trouble if we do have Donington." n The future of the French Grand Prix appears to rest on the success of a new circuit, which French Authorities plan to build in Lins-Les-Mureaux, North East of Paris. The 4.5km track will cost over 100 million Euros and will be built by Apex, the construction company responsible for the Dubai Autodrome. The track should be ready for 2011. n Robert Kubica has predicted that the 2009- spec front wings may cause havoc at the first corner in Melbourne. “The tricky thing about it is that you can’t see its outer edges from the cockpit,”he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the first corner at the Australian Grand Prix. I can imagine that we will see a lot more damaged front wings than in the past when things get tight.” 1 Barrichello 2 Button 3 Rosberg 4 Glock 5 Massa 6 Kubica 7 Raikkonen 8 Heidfeld 9 Vettel 10 Alonso BrawnGP Williams Toyota Ferrari BMW Ferrari BMW Red Bull Renault 1:18.926 1:19.127 1:19.774 1:20.091 1:20.168 1:20.217 1:20.314 1:20.338 1:20.576 1:20.664 Complete Group Test Establishes New THE first and ultimately only winter test at which all ten Formula 1 teams ran their 2009-spec cars has seen the new BrawnGP squad emerge as the fastest of the contenders, but raising just as many questions as it did provide answers. Coming at the end of a winter in which new aerodynamic regulations, potential use of KERS and difficulties in getting to grips with the new Bridgestone slick tyres have made it nigh on impossible to tell the fast from the slow, last week’s four day test in Barcelona saw Toro Rosso and BrawnGP become the final teams to run their new cars in public, and the results made interesting reading. It was the Brawn GP duo Combined test times Barcelona 9-12 March 2009 BrawnGP of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button who finished the test on top, with best lap times of 1:18.926 and 1:19.127 respectively, as Williams’ Nico Rosberg completed the top three at the end of the four day test with a best of 1:19.774. If the gap from the Brawns to the Williams was a shock, it was nothing to the gap to the 2008 title rivals. Although Felipe Massa finished the test in an overall fifth position and best of the Ferrari drivers, his best lap of 1:20.168 was over a second off both BrawnGP drivers, while Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren best of 1:20.869 put him almost two seconds behind Barrichello. Perhaps even more worrying for McLaren was the fact that Hamilton’s