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Friday practice,

Hamilton
Vettel
Button
Webber

Is the second half of the season gonna be better for McLaren?
 

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Guess we will know tomorrow:
"The German racing fan is a major market for the automobile manufacturers and so it was no real surprise to see Lewis Hamilton top the timesheets on Friday at the Nurburgring. It made the men from Mercedes-Benz feel good about the F1 programme, but did it really signal a revival of McLaren fortunes, or was it simply a publicity stunt as the F1 paddock seemed to think." F1 - Grandprix.com > F1 Results 2009 > German GP > Practice Session 2 Report
 

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Saturday practice, Hamilton fastest again.

Qualifying on Speed channel.

Wets for Q2.

Webber
Barrichello
Button
Vettel
Hamilton
Kovalainen
 

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Times and weights
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 661.0
2. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 647.0
3. Button Brawn-Mercedes 644.0
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 661.0
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 654.5
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 664.0
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 678.5
8. Massa Ferrari 673.5
9. Raikkonen Ferrari 674.0
10. Piquet Renault 676.0

Both Red Bulls heavier than the Brawns with Button on a low fuel strategy.
 

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remember if you are DVRing it that the race is NOT on SPEED... it is on FOX at 3pm.

Red Bull and Braun still look to be the best, but McLaren and Ferrari have both improved tons.

Interesting new front wing on Hamilton's car... the SPEED guys were saying that McLaren has 115 aero guys tweaking things in some "try this... try that" fashion. Seems weak to me.... would have thought they could do better w/ CAD etc than just fabricating stuff and trying it... (Obviously I'm sure they do CAD somewhat tho)
 

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"The car weights show that Mark Webber earned his first Formula 1 pole position entirely on merit, since he was carrying as much or more fuel than his four closest rivals.

They also underline the fact that Red Bull has a performance advantage over Brawn so far this weekend, since Sebastian Vettel jumps from fourth to second on the fuel-adjusted grid, 0.25s behind team-mate Webber but well clear of the Brawns.

In fact, when the fuel loads are taken into account Lewis Hamilton slots into third, a smidgeon ahead of Rubens Barrichello and some 0.2s clear of Jenson Button" more @ Analysis of German GP fuel loads - Feature - F1 | ITV Sport
 

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Bourdais out of Toro Rosso after German GP, according to reserve driver Alguersuari

Bourdais out of Toro Rosso after German GP, according to reserve driver Alguersuari

4:21 AM PDT, July 13, 2009

NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) — Sebastien Bourdais' stint with Toro Rosso is over, according to teammate Jaime Alguersuari.

Bourdais' future with the team was under scrutiny at the German Grand Prix, where the Frenchman retired due to a car problem.

"He's a very good driver," said Alguersuari, a 19-year-old Spanish reserve driver. "But it looks like this year he hasn't given it his all like he's supposed to give. I sincerely believe that Red Bull's decision is just, but it's never good to see someone taken off the team halfway through the season."

Spanish media reported that Alguersuari, who was promoted to reserve driver in time for the German race, would replace Bourdais at the Hungarian GP on July 26.

Toro Rosso would not comment on the decision. Bourdais said the team hadn't discussed the issue with him over the weekend.

Bourdais out of Toro Rosso after German GP, according to reserve driver Alguersuari - Los Angeles Times
 
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