Hamilton came on top but the first session is quite clear indication that BMW is serious about joining the big guys, especially at their home Grand Prix. There was not much between McLaren, Ferrari and BMW in this free practice. The gaps between the team mates may be down to different fuel loads and set ups for the practice.
I kind of predicted in my post Test Drivers Helmets from March 11 that we may see some of the test drivers on the grid. Not that I am such a visionary, but this happens more less every season. Winkelhock is the first one of them to get promotion to the race seat, although so far for one race only. This creates all German line up for Spyker. It also means there will be five German drivers on the grid of European GP in Germany.
Two weeks after British GP comes the German race. Nurburgring and Hockenheim are alternating the race from this year. Hockenheim has the naming rights for German GP, so this year race in Germany is staged as European GP.
The best way to get the complete preview of the race is to watch this video from Christine from Sidepodcast.tv, it does not get better than that …
The very fresh rumours about street race in Valencia proved to be well founded. Today at the press conference attended also by Bernie Ecclestone it was confirmed that the race will take place in 2008 on a street circuit at the renovated port area. The deal is for 7 years and it will feature as an European GP. So after eliminating the second races in Germany and in Italy (at least for a year) we will now have 2 races in Spain. This deal goes a bit against the recent trend of moving the races away from Europe and we all probably have Fernando Alonso and his popularity in Spain to thank for. There goes the 1 country 1 race idea … But as for another street track I give Bernie thumbs up. But please – design the track that will guarantee some racing, not a procession decided on Saturday …