It’s the 4th February, I’m Christine and this is F1Minute.
Testing drew to a close in Barcelona yesterday with Mark Webber fastest, and the Toro Rosso pair heading the boards the day before. Williams realised the problem with Nakajima’s car was more serious than they’d initially thought, and they headed home early to attempt to fix it. The entire event as overshadowed, however, by racist abuse against Lewis Hamilton, so bad that circuit officials closed off the spectator areas surrounding the McLaren garage. The FIA have warned that behaviour like this is not acceptable and sanctions may be imposed on the circuit.
Bernie Ecclestone has been questioning the future of the Australian Grand Prix, going so far as to say that it needs to be a night race for it to be on the calendar. Organisers have said they do not intend to change the time of the race, and they’re confident this latest negative spin will blow over.
In the news today, Renault have signed Sakon Yamamoto as test driver for 2008, whilst two teams headed to Bahrain for a test. It’s no surprise that the Ferrari pair headed the timesheets from Toyota.
That’s all for today, please join me tomorrow for another F1Minute.
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