Today is the 17th August and this is F1Minute.
The FIA Court of Appeal are gathered in Paris today for the Renault hearing. Bob Bell and Pat Symonds are representing the team and arguing that they should not have been given a suspension from the upcoming European Grand Prix. Charlie Whiting is there on behalf of the FIA, saying the penalty should be upheld, as releasing Alonso from the pits with an unfastened wheel was unsafe and therefore against the rules. We should hopefully find out the result of the hearing tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Luca Badoer is keeping himself busy by running the F60 around their Fiorano test track, with promotional tyres on. Badoer will be taking part in this weekend’s Grand Prix after Schumacher confirmed his neck injury wouldn’t allow him to fill in for Felipe Massa. Ferrari are circumventing the testing ban by shooting a promotional video that allows Luca behind the wheel of this year’s car. He won’t get much useful information from the super-hard tyres, but any chance to turn corners will help the Italian.
That’s all for now, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.
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