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GP Week : Issue 45
> F1NEWS> Rosberg calls for heavier drivers NICO Rosberg has renewed his calls for driver weights to be increased, after Fernando Alonso lost consciousness after the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago. Rosberg, who requested that Formula 1 instigate a minimum driver weight in early 2009, said he believed that the reduced weight of F1 drivers this season could become dangerous. “If you have drivers starting to be unconscious in a race that was definitely by far not one of the most difficult of the year, because it was quite easy to drive in those temperatures because it was so dry, then you need to start to consider the safety issue a little bit,” he told reporters in Spain. “It is not healthy when people start to go unconscious. It is only my opinion, but the weight is definitely something that is influencing it.” “When you have KERS and you are a bit further away from the ideal weight distribution, every gram you can lose as a driver helps you by quite a large amount. I don’t think that is the way to go. That shouldn’t be the case. It would be great if something could be done for the future.” The FIA has agreed to increase the minimum weight of F1 cars in 2010 by 15kg, but Rosberg does not think that this measure goes far enough. “That is just the main weight limit, that is not going to change much in terms of the importance of the drivers’weights. It is still going to be important to be light, especially with KERS. The weight of the driver with seats on the scales would be better.” Wickens leads the F2 way ROB Wickens set the fastest lap in the first Formula Two test at Snetterton last week. The Canadian, who along with his 2010 rivals got to taste the Williams- designed JPH1 for the first time at the test, set a best lap of 59.433 to finish top of the pile. With the top 20 drivers covered by little over a second at the conclusion of the second day of running, it was Mirko Bortolotti who was closest to Wickens, just 0.168s off the ultimate pace. Alex Brundle, son of F1 racer-turned- commentator Martin, completed the top three. Former GP2 racer Andy Soucek ended the day in for fourth place followed by Philipp Eng and Milos Pavlovic were fifth and sixth while Julien Jousse, Sebastian Hohenthal, Mikhail Aleshin and Tobias Hegewald rounded out the top 10. 10 Dream weekend for Barwa BARWA Addax Team Principal Alejandro Agag has told GPWeek of his delight at his team’s strong start to the 2009 GP2 Series. His drivers were utterly dominant in the weekend’s first race, with Vitaly Petrov following pole-sitter Romain Grosjean home for a 1-2. “I’m very satisfied,”he told GPWeek, “especially because we knew Vitaly, but it was Romain’s first weekend with the team and it was very important to start like this because it increases the confidence that he has with the team and that the engineers have with him. It’s very positive for the championship.” Agag is aware that his team, the rebranded championship winning CamposGP team of 2008, will have a tough fight on its hands to maintain its advantage. “It is very difficult. Every track is different and you can be very fast in one place and very slow in another and we will probably be slow in other places. But we were lucky to find the right set-up here and let’s hope we can do the same in the other races.”